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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Greg Heffley's Journal

by Jeff Kinney

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Greg Heffley's Journal

This semi-autobiographical journal/cartoon book by Jeff Kinney – in the guise of seventh-grader Greg Heffley – is available online, and in hard-copy. Students can follow the hilarious trials and tribulations of Greg by logging in daily. This book is "an excellent choice for reluctant readers, but more experienced readers will also find much to enjoy and relate to in one seventh grader's view of the everyday trials and tribulations of middle school." according to a review by the School Library Journal Review. More books in the series are available now!

Enrichment Activities
Resources


Enrichment Activities

  • An Interview with Jeff Kinney
    Students will enjoy reading this interview, which will give them a sense of what makes Jeff Kinney tick. Afterward, have them write their reactions to the interview. They could answer questions such as these: What did you learn that surprised you? Did reading the interview help you understand the story better? How? What would you like to ask Mr. Kinney?
  • Character Analysis
    Analyze Greg Heffley and the other characters in his journal using the Character Chart.
  • Problem Summary
    Use the Title, Character, Problem graphic organizer to summarize one of Greg's problems and related events.
  • Greg Heffley Song
    Write a song about Greg. Choose a song you know and like, then create new lyrics about Greg's life. Grab some of your classmates to perform the song karaoke-style, or create a music video for the new tune.
  • TV Talk Show
    Create a mock TV talk show with your classmates. One person can be the host and the other people can play the roles of Greg, his Mom, his Dad, Rodrick, Manny, or one of Greg's friends or schoolmates. The host can ask questions related to the book as well as ones that go beyond what you have read about Greg.
  • Greg at Age 35
    Predict Greg's future! Imagine what Greg will be like when he is 35. What kind of job will he have? Will he get married? What will he be like as a father?
  • Start Your Own Journal
    Start your own journal in the style of Greg Heffley. You may want to illustrate it or decorate it with photos or cutouts from magazines. You can use clip-art from your computer.
  • Resources

    All About Journals
    Here you'll find lots of helpful information about journals – writing journals, reading journals, guidelines, topics, and more.

    Helpful Rubrics
    The following rubrics can all be useful with journal-writing assignments.
    Scoring Rubric: Narrative Based on Personal Experiences
    Scoring Rubric: Fictional Narrative
    Scoring Rubric: Expression
    Writing Self-Assessment

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