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A Day in the Life

Skapad 2017-09-24 20:52 i Vallhamra skola Partille
Grundskola 7 – 9 Engelska
A Day in the Life



"A Day in the Life" is made up from two different parts:

  • A diary entry (text) and
  • a presentation (including a celebrity quiz) where you talk about your day.



Your first task is to picture yourself as a celebrity (alive or dead, real or fictional) from an English speaking country.

Then you will plan a full day (24h) to tell about as that person.

Think about what you know about this person,

  • people he/she knows,
  • places he/she visits,
  • things he/she has done (e.g. movies made, songs recorded, people fought or saved).

Remember that everything you plan doesn't have to be spectacular. Even Superman brushes his teeth in the morning. At least I think so.


But before you start with the first part you will need to learn more about how this kind of text works.

Let's go to Skolverket. On the last page there is a step-by-step instruction which you can use to plan your writing.

Let's also visit wikiHow and take a closer look at two examples on diary entries.


Also, try to include 1 cultural aspects based on the country/city/area where the events take place.

To give you an idea: During your day, you can

  • celebrate a local tradition (Thanksgiving, Saint Patrick's Day, Groundhog Day, etc.)
  • eat local food (poutine, deep-fried Mars bar, gumbo, etc.)
  • visit a famous location or building (Area 51, Loch Ness, Stonehenge, etc.)

If you for instance celebrate Thanksgiving, then write and talk about how you do it, what you eat, etc. Also write and talk about how the tradition started, why do you celebrate Thanksgiving? Read up and see what comes natural.



Once you have grasped what it means to make a diary entry and have read a couple of examples, it is time for you to start on your text.

Start by planning your text, the events* and the structure. Also consider how much time you have to work.

Remember that all three stages that we have talked about (förbereda, skriva, bearbeta) are equally important here.

Your aim is to write between 400-600 words (in your English Google document).



You have written a text about your day. Now it is time to talk about it and your aim is to give a 2-4 minutes presentation.

This simply means that you will tell your audience about the things and events that you have put in your diary.

Start at the beginning and work your way to bedtime.

Don't forget to include your cultural aspect!


Also aim to make your presentation a celebrity quiz. Include certain parts of your text and omit others, like the name of the celebrity along with other obvious facts and clues.

This of course means do not tell the others who you are!


To give you an idea: Let's say that you are Batman. To mention the Batcave and Gotham City would make it too easy for your audience to figure out who you are. Clues that may be just a little less obvious could be to talk about people like Alfred and commissioner Gordon and things like the manor and that really special car of yours.


Use pictures to illustrate your day. They will help you remember what to say, take focus away from you and make your presentation more entertaining.

Further advice on how to prepare can be found in "Muntlig framställning & interaktion".


Presentations in class or as a vlog

For those of you you who will present your story to the class, the instructions end here.


For those of you who present with vlogs there are of course some things that are important to think about as well. In this case, it is important that you are fully visible in the video. Remember, body language is an important part of a presentation! Do not use the zoom function and stay close enough to the camera/phone so that it is easy to hear.


"A Day in the Life" is about practicing and improving your writing and speaking of English by aiming to be

  • clear (vara tydlig)
  • fluent (ha flyt) and
  • coherent (vara sammanhängande)

along with

  • adapting (anpassa) to the situation and
  • working to improve and progress your work (bearbeta)


  • adding to your cultural knowledge of the English-speaking parts of the world


In order to make sure that you make the most of this your need to go to

  • "Skriftlig framställning & interaktion",
  • "Muntlig framställning & interaktion" and
  • "Realia".

These can all be found under the tab "Planering" right here in Unikum.


  • A Day in the Life: Part Two

  • My Day in the Life

  • A Day in the Life: Presentationerna

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