Creating Authentic Diaries

Napoleon Bonaparte once said, "What is history but a fable agreed upon?" A series of lessons encourages learners to look beyond the basic fable agreed upon related to events in history and consider multiple accounts of the event. The lessons come with specific models and graphic organizers to help scholars write fictional diary entries.

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CCSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas

  • Use the strategies outlined in the lesson to write diary entries for characters in short stories or novels
  • Illustrate the idea that individuals have different perspectives on an event by asking your class to write about a shared experience that happened earlier in the school year and comparing their responses
Classroom Considerations

  • Print copies of handouts to distribute during the lesson
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  • Encourages individuals to look at events from multiple perspectives 
  • Includes a rubric