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The Skin
You're In

diary entries from
historical characters
that parallel life

 


Student Writer Instructions:

Today, you will be creating a diary entry where you choose a character whose events, decisions, or feelings in his/her life might be similar to your own.  Your challenge is to describe what your character is are experiencing using great sensory words; what does your character see, feel, smell, touch, hear and taste. 

In Chapter 5 of The Skin I'm In, Miss Saunders tells her English Class, "I want you to know what it feels like to live in somebody else’s skin and to see the world through somebody else’s eyes."  She then instructs them to close their eyes and continues, "When you were little, you loved to play pretend.  To be G.I. Joe or Barbie.  This is the same thing.  Playing pretend."   Miss Saunders' student, Maleeka, begins to write from the point-of-view of a slave on a slave ship. 

Today, you'll be choosing someone interesting from history to write a diary entry for.  Choose someone who might have similar thoughts, experiences, or dreams that you do.

 Step #1:  Click on the button below to see ideas for characters.  Choose one character from the list, and prepare to write a diary entry for that character.

Step #2:  After completing the graphic organizer your teacher will give you, begin drafting your diary entry.  Create a rough draft of your diary on your own paper.  Remember, to use action words to enhance your written descriptions, transform telling sentences into showing sentences, use high quality of details, and try using some figurative language.

Step #3:  After you have a rough draft, use your idea development and word choice Post-it® Note-sized templates to rank yourself on how you did with those two traits.  Revise to make your idea development and word choice even better.

Interactive Choices for Writing:

If you're struggling to start, click the buttons below for some ideas that might inspire you to launch your piece of writing.

     

Characters you might write a diary entry for:

(It's okay to come up with your own idea for a character, if you don't like the ones you find here.)


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