People have kept journals for many reasons over the years. They provide a window into the past and are one of the ways we have learned about times passed. In this activity children will read from a journal of six year old Laura Jernegan, who lived in Edgartown and traveled to the Pacific with her family on a whaleship. Students will learn about important features of a journal and keep their own for a period of time. They will contrast and compare their experiences of today with Laura's life aboard ship in 1868 using a Venn diagram.
Part 1. Looking at journals
Part 2. Creating journals
Part 3. Comparing and contrasting a child's life
Part 4. From journals to timelines
Martha Stackpole, Lauren Keaney-Serpa, Elaine Barnett, Kristy Fletcher