Oklahoma State University

Journal Writing, Grades 4-8

One-Time Journal Entry Exercise

In the beginning of the film, Angie talks about keeping a daily diary. Do you ever write in a journal? How often? What do you generally write about?


On another piece of paper write a journal entry about your day. When did you wake up this morning? What did you have for breakfast? How did you get to school? What have you learned so far today? Be sure to date it and sign it like Angie did.  


What do you think the value of writing in a journal every day is? Why is it important? How does it make you feel? Do you think it will be interesting to look back in a few years and see what you did on a particular day? You are documenting your own history by writing about your day, even if it is only for a few minutes. You are acting as a historian!


Weeklong Journal Exercise

In the film, Angie talks about keeping a daily diary. Write an entry in your journal every day for a week. Each day, pick a new a topic to write on from the options your teacher gives you. Try to write in a way that helps listeners envision what it is you are telling about. At the end of the week, you will pick one entry to read out loud to the class. Be sure to sign each entry like Angie did, and don’t forget to date it. Write freely.