Learning By Topic KS2: Diary of a Wimpy Kid and English

Theme/Spelling words: author, cartoonist, bestseller, chapter, diary, tattletale, neighbour, America, principal, published.

List spellings in alphabetical order; write synonyms and antonyms for words (where appropriate); create a crossword puzzle for your theme words; write your theme words in sentences or use all of them in a short story, include some effective language features e.g. similes, metaphors, alliteration and personification.

List synonyms for ‘wimpy’. Why do you think the series is called Diary of a Wimpy Kid ?

Jeff Kinney, the author of the series, often writes words mid sentence in capital letters. Why do you think this is?

Can you spot any figurative language devices in Jeff Kinney’s books?

Write a review of the last Diary of a Wimpy Kid book you read. Will you give it 5 stars?! (Genres of writing: Personal Response and Review) Top Tip: You could make a vlog and film your review but be sure to draft it first.

List 10 questions you would ask Jeff Kinney if you got the opportunity to meet him.  Try and answer them as best you can from watching/reading past interviews he has done. Now voice/record or film the interview getting a family member to be one of the voices OR changing the tone of your voice between characters! (Cross Curricular:  Drama, Script writing)

Write your own diary/journal! Every day for a few weeks write about your day. You may like to add sketches/doodles to your diary. You might have some funny stories and jokes to tell like Greg does! (Genre of writing: Recount)

What is it about Jeff Kinney’s style of writing in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series that has appealed to so many children over the last decade?

The books are set in America and written by an American author, you may notice the spelling of ‘neighbour’ appears as ‘neighbor’, and the word tattletale means to tell an adult about someone’s behaviour. Is there any other American slang or spellings you have noticed in these books? List them.