With this activity, students follow the writing process to write journal entries for an animal of their choice. Through diary entries, student shares his or her previous knowledge and his or her research. Student also learns about the difference between fact and opinion, and realism and fantasy.
This resource includes the following:
-ways to use this resource
-student worksheets for planning their writing
-a journal title page
-a list of assessment criteria
-worksheets in 2 formats for draft and published copy of journal entries
-a rubric based on Common Core Standards
This activity meets the following Common Core State Standards:
W.4.3.A, W.5.3.A, W.6.3.A
Orient the ready by establishing a situation and introducing a narrator and/or characters; organize an event sequence that unfolds naturally.
W.4.3.D, W.5.3.D, W.6.3.D
Use concrete words and phrases and sensory details to convey experiences and events precisely.
W.4.4, W.5.4, W.6.4
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
W.4.5, W.5.5, W.6.5
With some guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, and editing.
W.4.8, W.5.8, W.6.8
Recall relevant information from experiences or gather relevant information from print and digital sources; take notes and categorize information, and provide a list of sources.
***This resource is also available with Canadian spelling and with a rubric based on the Ontario Overall Expectations for the Language Arts Curriculum for Grades 4, 5 and 6***
***This resource is also available in French!***