Teaching and Inspiring Children to Love to Write: Keep a Diary or Journal

Posted by Kristy Beaudry McCain on May 21, 2014 4:01:58 AM

Inspire Students to Love to Write

Have Them Keep a Diary

thumb-8Writing in a diary is a powerful, calming, stress relieving activity for both children and adults. Teachers and parents can introduce this lifelong writing skill to children at a young age. According to the Merriam Webster dictionary, a diary is a book in which you write down your personal experiences and thoughts each day.

Most people love to share their personal experiences and thoughts each day, especially kids! Teachers that instruct students in journal writing can create better writers.

Tips for Teaching Young Scholars to Keep a Diary or a Journal

  • Start at an early age
  • Write daily
  • Integrate art
  • Use sentence or idea starters
  • Read diaries and journals aloud in the classroom (Include books and electronic books by published authors)

Recommended Reads That Help Children Learn About

Keeping a Diary or a Journal

Find these funny and engaging texts that teach children about the value of keeping a diary at www.biguniverse.com

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The Secret Diary of a Wolf

by Felicia Law (author), Lesley Danson (illustrator) © 2013
ISBN: 9781909711600

Humour and comic characters aim to encourage children to write and illustrate their own diaries.

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The Secret Diary of a Bear

by Felicia Law (author), Lesley Danson (illustrator) © 2013
ISBN: 9781909711631

Humour and comic characters aim to encourage children to write and illustrate their own diaries.

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Turtle Summer: A Journal For My Daughter

by Mary Alice Monroe (author), Barbara J. Bergwerf (illustrator) © 2007
ISBN: 9781607180166 AR: / / /

This is a companion book to Mary Alice Monroe’s novel, Swimming Lessons, the sequel to The Beach House. In the novel, the readers witness a young mother, Toy, writing a journal for her daughter, Little Lovie. This is the journal Toy is writing. Using original photographs, this scrapbook journal explains the nesting cycle of sea turtles and the natural life along the Southeastern coast, including local shore birds, shells, and the sea turtle hospital. Adults and children will enjoy the images, information and the journal with or without the novel. The “For Creative Minds” educational section includes turtle nesting facts, a shell identification activity, and a make-your-own nature journal.

Connecting to Common Core State Standards

The Common Core State Standards clearly outline what is expected of students at each grade level. The Common Core State Standards can be found at www.corestandards.org/

Writing in a diary or journal addresses the Common Core State Standards.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.2.3
Write narratives in which they recount a well-elaborated event or short sequence of events, include details to describe actions, thoughts, and feelings, use temporal words to signal event order, and provide a sense of closure.

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