Writing: Diary and Journal Writing
These sites have information about diary and journal writing. There are examples of and how to’s for writing diaries and journals. Includes writing prompts and lesson plans. There are also links to eThemes Resources on Teaching Tips: Using Online Journals and Blogs and Writing: Prompts.
ReadWriteThink: Diaist Samuel Pepys was born.
In this activity, students practice and read each others diary entries. Students read the entries as if it were 100 years later. Next, they underline words and phrases describing what life was like as a child or teen in 2013. Website links include E-diaries which describe schoolchildren's trips to historical sites.
Scholastic: Double-Entry Journal
Using "The Story of Ruby Bridges" and "Through My Eyes", students learn to make connections to text by recording their own thoughts next to ideas from the books. A downloadable hand-out on Double-Entry Journals is provided.
Discovery Education: The Middle Ages diary
This is a step-by-step lesson plan to assist students in learning to record in a diary. The time period is the Middle Ages. Research into living conditions of lords, knights, and ladies as well as designing a diary are part of this activity.
Scholastic: Then What Happened?
This activity uses picture book, "Diary of a Worm" to assist students in learning how to write in a diary. A student activity sheet is available to help plan several diary entries. Additional extension activities are provided.
S.O.S. For Information Literacy: American Revolution: Living Conditions at Valley Forge
This is a collaborative writing and research activity. Students research topics about living conditions of soldiers at Valley Forge. One of the activities is to assume identity of a soldier and write diary entries about the experience.
Scholastic: Writing with Writers: Descriptive Writing
Follow an interactive workshop on descriptive writing as recommended by the author Virginia Hamilton. See examples of journal entries as well as diary writing tips and ideas.
Diary Writing Activities and Examples
Find examples of diary entries written by students. Scroll down for two diary writing activities with ties to social studies and science curriculum.
This page describes how a teacher implemented journal writing activities in a classroom. Includes writing prompts and tips. NOTE: This site has links to external sites.
Lesson Plans: Journal Writing Ideas
This lesson plan has a list of writing ideas for journal writing. NOTE: This site contains ads and has a link to discussion forums.
Find topics for journal writing ideas. The topics are classified by grade levels.
CanTeach: Writing Prompts/Journal Topics
Here are question prompts for journal writing. NOTE: This site contains ads and has a link to discussion forum.
Diary Writing Worksheet
A two-page pdf worksheet has an activity to practice journal writing.
Instructional Strategies Online: Journal Writing Prompts
Here is a list of journal writing prompts.
eThemes Resource: Teaching Tips: Using Online Journals and Blogs
These websites are about using weblogs in the classroom. There are websites where teachers and students can sign up for their own blogs for free. There are also several articles that explain how teachers are using blogs in the classroom. There are also lesson plans. Teachers should be especially cautious about giving out these links as students can access other blogs.
eThemes Resource: Writing: Prompts
These sites have a variety of writing prompts to help students develop stories. Includes some handouts and PowerPoint presentations. There is a link to an eThemes Resource on paragraphs, and one on the 6+1 writing traits.