Lesson Plan Details


My Pandemic Scrapbook: A Writing Journal- Digital and Paper/Pencil

We are living through history! Our lives have changed in almost every way possible, from how we spend our time, to how we spend our money, to how we interact with others, to how we learn. Use this unique time period to engage your students in writing a multi-media journal or memoir.

Give your students the chance to document how their lives have changed during the COVID-19 Pandemic. It will be a document that will be of historic value to your students and their families in years to come.

This 27-page digital and pencil/paper resource allows your students to choose ten topics to include in the scrapbook. They also will choose ten rhetorical devices to use with the topics to make them more powerful to their readers. Students explain their choices and intentions in the scrapbook notes.

Included are editable and fillable Word documents, a link to Google Slideshow template, sample pages in both pencil/paper and digital formats, objectives, CCSS, background information, step-by-step instructions, a scoring scale, and a student peer feedback template.

Teachers will quickly gather information about their students' lives and challenges, their writing ability, and their understanding of the use of rhetorical and literary devices. This diagnostic information helps teachers with grouping, lesson planning, mini lessons and more throughout the year.

Students think about purposeful writing and the impact their words can have on others. They also take pride in creating a lasting, historical document, a memoir that they will be eager to create and proud to share.

As peer reviewers, students will offer suggestions about the impact of three different pages for other students. Students think critically, and can practice how to give polite, but thoughtful feedback.

Continue to add pages as the year goes on to be archivists of this time period and while showing growth in writing skills!

Category: ELA → Writing
Price: $5.00

This lesson plan costs $5.00

About the Teacher


Barbara Miller

I have taught English/Language Arts for over twenty years to remedial through gifted students from 7th to 12th grade, AP/dual credit university courses in three corporations and at one university. During my career, I have supervised and taught several student teachers and numerous pre-service teachers. Project Based Learning and choices that fit or extend learning styles and intelligences make my classroom activities engaging for students and filled with opportunities for academic growth. Many teacher professional development programs have supported my work. I hold an M.A. in Education and an Indiana High Ability Teaching License, am a Teacher Consultant for Indiana Writing Project, and have participated in many educator programs sponsored by the Lilly Endowment, National Consortium for the Teaching of Asia, National Endowment for the Humanities, US Department of State, Korea Academy for Educators, and Toyota International Teachers, among others. Additionally, I have been awarded many grants for classroom and school-wide projects, ranging from hundreds of dollars to $250,000. In addition, I have conducted professional development on writing workshop and differentiation in my own school, at conferences and events, and at schools in Peru and India. I am currently writing about my ancestors who taught Freedmen after the Civil War.


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