Oklahoma State University

Journal Writing, Grades 9-12

One-Time Journal Entry Exercise

In the beginning of the film, Angie talks about keeping a daily diary. Do you ever journal? Why or why not? How often do you write for fun? Write a journal entry about your week. What goals have you attained thus far? What else do you hope to accomplish? What is the worst thing that has happened this week? What is the best thing that has happened? What have you learned? 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 given to you by the teacher or by using your own creativity. Try to be as informative as you feel comfortable with, and be honest with yourself. Even if you are the only person who will read it, practice elaborating on details and being descriptive in your writing. Be sure to sign each entry like Angie did, and don’t forget to date it. Write freely.