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Writing - Roger's Diary (Day 1 of 2)

Roger's Diary - Video Introduction to Task

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Starring Mr T as 'The Teacher'

Diary Writing

Roger's Diary of His First day with Bob and Joan

 

Last week, we looked at the features of a diary and then you wrote your own diary entry using these features.

 

On Friday, you used your story map and knowledge of the first 7 or so chapters in 'I Was a Rat' to make some notes on the places Roger visited and the main events and feelings he went through on that first day out with Bob and Joan.

 

Over the next TWO days (lessons), you are going to write a diary entry from Roger's point of view about the places, events and feelings he had on that first day out.

 

You will need to write from Roger's personal point of view using the diary features of:

  • Chronological (time) order
  • Use the past tense (a diary is about things that have already happened)
  • First person (I, me, we and my)
  • Chatty and personal style (clearly explaining thoughts and feelings)
  • New paragraph (miss a line) every time the location changes
  • A variety of sentence starters (time conjunctions) to link each place he went

 

WATCH THE LESSON VIDEO (starring Mr T) CAREFULLY TO UNDERSTAND THE TASK AND GET LOTS OF POINTERS AND ADVICE ON WHAT TO DO STEP-BY-STEP

 

This task will take a bit longer, so it can be done over TWO days. You can do this directly in Google Classroom, use Word on a home computer or hand write. Whichever you prefer.

 

When you think you have finished ... do NOT send it back to Mr T or Miss Manley until:

  1. You have read and checked it through carefully yourself
  2. Read it out loud to an adult 
  3. Had feedback on what they thought and any ideas on how to improve
  4. Changed, edited and improved your first draft (you can simply write over in a different colour ... or re-draft a new diary piece, whatever you prefer)
  5. Read aloud again to listen to how wonderful your diary now sounds!
  6. Send in your work ... but include both the draft and final versions if you can. Thank

 

Below are a WORD MAT (full of useful words and spellings) and an EXAMPLE (that is also in the video introduction) to help you.

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