Pandemic Journal


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A timeless story rediscovered by each new generation, The Diary of a Young Girl stands without peer. For both young readers and adults it continues to capture the remarkable spirit of Anne Frank, who for a time survived the worst horror the modern world has seen—and who remained triumphantly and heartbreakingly human throughout her ordeal.
 
Adapted by Ari Folman, illustrated by David Polonsky, and authorized by the Anne Frank Foundation in Basel, this is the first graphic edition of The Diary and includes extensive quotation directly from the definitive edition. It remains faithful to the original, while the stunning illustrations interpret and add layers of visual meaning and immediacy to this classic work of Holocaust literature.

Anne Frank’s Diary: The Graphic Adaptation, is a beautiful visual story. Students in middle grades tend to enjoy a graphic novel to break up their reading. More and more we’re seeing historical graphic novels, and more students are engaging with and understanding important history when they read these. If a graphic novel isn’t your thing, be sure to read The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank, or pair these two books.

Keeping a diary or journal is an excellent way to record life’s moments – from the difficult to the joyful. At the beginning of the pandemic, I heard from many friends who had started journals of their experience, and encouraged their children to as well. There was so much happening at once and everyone’s lives were flipped upside down, making taking on a new task like jouranling difficult for many. With the beginning of the 2020/21 school year ahead of us, it feels like a good time to consider keeping a journal. For all students, going back to learning will look different. It might be 100% remote learning, 100% in person with new rules (distance, masking, no field trips, etc.), or a combination of both.

A journal is a great place to record those feelings, and will provide you with a written history of your personal experience to revisit in 10+ years. Even a simple daily entry of 1 – 3 sentences will shine some light on your experience. When we were first in the pandemic and stay at home in the spring of 2019, we shared our “sparkles and slimes” at the dinner table every night. It helped to call out the slimes (negative/difficult moments) so we could discuss and work through them, as well as find the sparkles (gratitudes and joys). After some time, we found that we had more sparkles and less (or even zero) slimes every day!

Let’s create a personal journal to document the 2020/21 school year!

Materials

  • any lined or blank journal
  • collage materials // magazines, decorative paper, washi tape, stickers, etc
  • glue stick
  • scissors
  • mod podge
  • paint brush

Steps

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  • Choose a blank or lined journal to decorate. Spiral bound notebooks are great! We didn’t have any spiral bound notebooks at our house, but found a lined journal with a ripped cover (that’s okay, because we’re covering it up!) and a blank journal.
  • Go through magazines and cut out images you might want to use. It’s great to have a collection to choose from.
  • Lay out the collage images and materials you would like to use. 
  • Begin taping and glueing the assorted collage pieces. For this example, I used washi tape first and then glued down the magazine images.
  • You probably won’t use everything you set out. I orginally thought I wanted several cut out magazine words, and decided on just adding one in the end. 
  • Once everything is glued down where you want it, you will add a protective coat of mod podge. If you don’t have mod podge, that is okay! You can skip this step, or mix plain school glue with water (50/50) for a similar coating. 
  • Allow to dry completely before using.
  • Now you are ready to write! Here are some examples of how you can record your school year:
    • one word a day;
    • a gratitude a day;
    • “sparkles and slime” a day;
    • a paragraph a day;
    • or, go all out and do full journal entries every day!

Options

  • Share entries with your peers. Use this as an opportunity to discuss what is difficult about going to school in a pandemic. How can you support each other? Share funny stories – humor is such a gift in difficult times. 
  • Create a graphic novel journal! Instead of just writing about your days, include drawings! 

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