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Creating Authentic Diaries

This modelling the tools is incorporated into critical challenges at grades 7 and 8, however, it can be adapted for use at all grade levels.



The detailed activities that follow help students write an authentic diary/journal entry about an assigned historical event from the perspective of an individual at the time. Students examine a forged historical entry and an actual entry for evidence of the criteria for an authentic diary/journal. Students then create a brief biography of an assumed character and write an entry that involves an historical event, as seen through the eyes of this character. Students critique each other's entries before submitting their final drafts.

Care must be taken to ensure that diary/journal entries are respectful and do not express inappropriate generalizations or stereotyping.

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