Diaries and Letters

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By Celia Warren — poet and author

This leaflet offers a collection of fictional letters and diary entries from familiar story characters: two fictional and two historical figures cloaked in myth and legend.


These teachers’ notes accompany the PRINT ONLY guided reading leaflet in Literacy Time PLUS Ages 7 to 9, May 2008.

Before reading

  • Discuss the purpose and format of letters and diaries. Explain that you are going to look at fictional letters and diary entries, and the characters they relate to.
  • Recap briefly on the stories of the four characters, providing the Aesop fable and Rapunzel if necessary.
  • Note language features and any new vocabulary while reading the texts. Look for similarities and differences of style.
  • Compare the levels of formality of the tortoise’s letter and Friar Tuck’s. Find words/phrases in Tortoise’s letter which make it sound as though he is speaking to his mother.
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