When you write a journal, you are keeping a record of things that happened in your life. The things you write can be special events that happen to you or you can write about your feelings. A journal can also be the place where you keep stories and poems that you write or collect.
To write a journal you need to have some kind of notebook (or you can keep a journal on your computer!) and a pen or pencil to write with. Some people like to write in their journal every day, and some people just like to write on special days. Whenever you write, make sure you include the date, so you'll know when the events happened!
A Historical Fiction story is when you write about something that really happened in history, but you write it from the point of view of a make believe character. You pretend your character was alive during that time of history, and in some way was there when the event happened. This is really fun because you get to mix up real historical facts with things you think might have happened. One example of a Historical Fiction book is Ben and Me. It's about a mouse that was alive when Benjamin Franklin was alive. The mouse thinks he told Ben Franklin all of his inventions!
The most important thing about writing a Historical Fiction story is to make sure you get the real events right! You have to know when they happened, who was there, and what really happened. Your story can have dialogue, or it can be a journal.
Here is a sample of a Historical Journal we had to write in our class. It takes place in 1608, and is describing how the Jamestown settlers lived.