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Historical Journal Entries

big history from a smaller character's perspective


Student Writer Instructions:

Today you'll write a detailed journal entry that comes from the pen of a historical character you will invent.  Your character--like Pedro in Pedro's Journal--will witness an important moment in history...and write about it as a journal entry.

Press the button below to help you choose a historical event.  Select an event that interests you.  Think about what you already know about your event and create an image in your mind of how a character may have felt during if he/she witnessed the experience. 

Next do some research on your topic...perhaps at Yahooligans.  Find (at least) five interesting facts about the historical event that you did not know or had not thought about before.  Write the facts on the graphic organizer your teacher gives you.

Once you have you five historical facts written down, do some brainstorming on the right-hand side of the graphic organizer.  Imagine a non-famous person from history who is witnessing your event.  What sensory details (sight, sound, smell, touch, taste, and emotion) might they include in their journals as they witness the historical event?  Write nouns, verbs, adjectives and phrases on your graphic organizer that will help you include great details in your character's journal.

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What will your journal's historical topic be?


Please make sure your journal entry shows that you know at least five new facts about the historical era you have researched.


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