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Learning Experience/Unit

Middle Ages Diary by St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES


English Language Arts (2005), English Language Arts (NYS P-12 Common Core)

Grade Levels

Intermediate, 5th Grade, 6th Grade


Students will be assessed using the attached rubric.

Learning Context/ Introduction

For this project, students will research what life would have been like during the Middle Ages. Students will write a diary based on a fictional character. The diary will be historical fiction.


Planning Time: 30 minutes
Implementation Time: 2 weeks of 40 minutes class period
Assessment: A rubric will be provided to guide students through the writing process of the diary.

Essential Question

What would it have been like to live during the Middle Ages?

Instructional/Environment Modifications

  • Resource room aide is available to work with students as needed.
  • Students can word process rough draft and final copies if needed.
  • Procedure

    Students will be writing an historical fiction diary based on a character they have created. Students will write about what life would have been like if they lived during the Middle Ages.

    The student will conduct research using many different forms of text. They will use teacher selected Internet web sites, books from the library, as well as historical fiction trade books.

    Students will use the six steps to process writing, which includes prewriting, organizing, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing, to complete their historical fiction diary.

    The students will orally present their completed diaries to their peers.

  • Medieval Project
  • Reflections and Feedback

    The student enjoyed this project. Their motivation level was amazing. The overall quality of the work was at the high end.

    Student Work

    Students will create an authentic looking diary. See attached samples.

  • Sample 1
  • Sample 2
  • Sample 3
  • Related Resource

    • Variety of library books
    • Internet sites
    • Mrs. Gonyou’s Hot List
    • The Midwife’s Apprentice by Karen Cushman
    • Catherine Called Birdy by Karen Cushman


    Middle Age
    Feudal Life
    Castles of Britain: Castle Learning Center
    Camelot Village

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