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Writing a diary entry

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Writing a diary entry
Learning Objectives:
To understand the key conventions of diary writing
To write effective diary entries based on prior information

What is the purpose of a diary?
A diary...
What are the key features you need to think about when writing a diary?

Write down as many features of diary entries as you can think of
Now share your ideas with the class
Look at the next slide to get the answers...
Key conventions of diary writing:
provide a sense of time or sequence (usually)
written in the first person
usually written in the past tense (but other tenses can be used)
use a personal tone
use language that reflects the character of the writer- very often this is informal
use rhetorical questions
is a personal record of key moments or incidents that have happened to the writer
records the writer's thoughts or feelings
gives a sense of the writer's personality
focuses on a key moment or incident in the writer's life
Read the diary extract below. How old do you think the writer is?
Monday, 11th March

Oh my god, I've just had such an awful day! I overslept and missed the bus. When I finally arrived at school, I found out that my whole class had gone on a trip to an art gallery. I'd completely forgotten about it- I felt such an idiot! I had to sit in the library all day on my own. It was so boring.

I'm back home now, sitting in my room. I haven't told mum or dad that I missed the trip. If I do they'll go mad! If they come upstairs, I'm just going to pretend that I'm asleep.
What a rotten day, I hope tomorrow is better. :-(
TASK 2:
TASK 3:
With a partner, discuss:
Content:
What incident made this student record his thoughts at the end of the day?
Structure:
How does the structure reveal what he feels about the situation? Identify
three
different emotions felt at different times of the day.
Style:
How does the style of writing match the likely age of the person writing?
This might help:
Monday, 11th March

Oh my god, I've just had such an awful day! I overslept and missed the bus. When I finally arrived at college, I found out that my whole class had gone on a trip to an art gallery. I'd completely forgotten about it- I felt such an idiot! I had to sit in the library all day on my own. It was so boring.

I'm back home now, sitting in my room. I haven't told mum or dad that I missed the trip. If I do they'll go mad! If they come upstairs, I'm just going to pretend that I'm asleep.
date of entry
use of the first person and past tense
recounts events that have happened that day
reference to time/sequence
personal feelings
present tense gives a sense of things happening now
future tense shows worries
Task 1: (5 minutes)
Task 4:
Write a diary entry talking about a terrible day. A day when everything went wrong!
Make sure you include:
a sense of time or sequence
focus on one or more key incidents
a sense of YOUR personality and expression of YOUR feelings or changing emotions

Write 100-150 words
Extension: thinking about the exam...
In the GCSE English Language exam you may be asked to write a diary entry based on a reading text.

For this type of question, you need to:
recognise the 'voice' of the writer
give a sense of the writer's personality and feelings
develop and extend ideas from the text
Task 5
Read the poem 'Why the old woman limps' by Lupenga Mphande

Imagine you are the old woman. Write a diary entry for one day of her life.

Write 150-200 words
Targeting Success!
Targeting grade C:
you write in the first person and give some sense of the person writing
You use time references and tenses correctly
Targeting Grade A:
you capture the voice of the person and their world
you provide a vivid portrait of what has happened or is happening to them
you use tenses fluently to move between past, present and future
The youngest Headmaster in the World.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/8299780.stm
'Read the text about Barbur entitled
Academic Aid'
a) Identify and list info about a typical day in Barburs life.

b) Imagine you are Barbur. Write an account of a typical day in his life as a diary entry.

For this task you should infer, develop and add details to elaborate on the original text

Write about 300 - 400 words
Task 6
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/8299780.stm
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