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Writing the first entry of Florence Nightingale's diary

I can write the first entry of Florence Nightingale's diary.

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Year 2

Writing the first entry of Florence Nightingale's diary

I can write the first entry of Florence Nightingale's diary.

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Lesson details

Key learning points

  1. Perspective is the way someone thinks, feels or sees something.
  2. Writing in a diary will mostly be in the past tense.
  3. A diary entry should be written in the first person.
  4. First person is a point of view in writing or storytelling where the narrator or speaker refers to themselves.

Common misconception

Pupils may struggle to maintain a consistent tense in their writing. Usually, this is moving betwen past and present tense.

Teach children that words such as 'was' and 'had' can change the tense of verbs to the past tense. Play a game where children have to change present tense verbs into past tense.

Keywords

  • Perspective - the way someone thinks, feels or sees something

  • Past tense - tells the reader the action happened before now

  • First person - a point of view in writing or storytelling where the narrator or speaker refers to themselves using 'I'

Play a game of hot-seating at the start of the lesson, so children can practise getting in the role of Florence Nicghtingale and speaking from the first person perspective.
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6 Questions

Q1.
What is someone's perspective?
the way someone uses punctuation
the way someone wants to be treated
Correct answer: the way someone thinks, feels or sees something
Q2.
What is the name for a book that people write down their experiences, thoughts and feelings?
a story book
Correct answer: a diary
a comic book
Q3.
True or false? Each time a person writes in their diary, it is called a chapter.
Correct Answer: false, False
Q4.
True or false? A diary is personal and private to the writer.
Correct Answer: true, True
Q5.
Florence travelled to Crimea with a team of 38 ...
teachers.
Correct answer: nurses.
doctors.
Q6.
When Florence saw the hospital in Scutari, what do you think she thought?
It was excellent.
Correct answer: It was not good enough.
It was not too bad.

6 Questions

Q1.
Diaries are a type of...
Correct answer: recount
poem
fiction
Q2.
A diary entry is written in which tense?
Correct answer: past
present
future
Q3.
Which of these verbs are past tense?
look
looking
Correct answer: looked
Q4.
Fill in the blank. A diary entry should be written in the __________ person.
Correct answer: first
second
third
Q5.
Which of these words would you likely use when writing in the first person?
you
he
Correct answer: I
Q6.
Which of these is written in the first person perspective?
She saw the hospital.
Florence saw the hospital.
Correct answer: I saw the hospital.