A week in the life; writing diary entries based on a character in literature…
- A diary entry should be in first person from your selected character’s point of view.
- The entry should include a summary (retold by the character) of what happened in the particular chapter/short story OR elaborate on a major scene.
- In addition to the summary. There needs to be a form of a personal statement from the character’s imagined point of view.
- Language for diaries is informal and personal, and very honest.
- A diary entry helps you as a reader CONNECT with a character. It also proves your understanding of what a character goes through; thoughts, actions, and emotions. The character must express their inner feelings about what’s happening to them.
- This entry will be at least 300 words, typed, 1.5 spaced 12pt. size, Times New Roman font. Handwritten draft will be turned in with typed final
A diary entry is very similar to a personal letter. You write about things that happened (to you), about your problems, about your feelings, hopes and plans for the future.
- Begins with a date e.g ‘25thNov’ or just ‘Wednesday’.
- Usually has an address to the diary e.g ‘dear diary’ but you don’t have to do this.
- Intro: first sentence is usually a general sentence about the day. E.g ‘Today was wonderful.’
- A general sentence about how you feel at the time of writing. E.g ‘I’m freaking out right now.’
- Body: usually includes a description of what happened, how you felt about it and what your plans are for the future (even if it’s just the next day)
- Conclusion: a final comment on how you’re feeling now that you’ve written it all down and a closing comment E. g ‘I’m going to bed – test tomorrow.’
- Often ends with another address to the diary e.g ‘bye for now’ etc. You don’t have to do this.
- Informal language e.g ‘I’m like soo over him’.
- Short sentences e.g ‘I’m soooo tired!’
- Informal/incomplete grammar e.g ‘I’m gonna go to bed now.’
- Informal punctuation e.g use of … , –
- Expressive use of punctuation e.g !! or symbols like J
- Questions e.g ‘What can I do??!!’ (addressed to the diary)
- Use of past tense to retell events from the day or week.