How to write a personal diary

How to write a diary entry

A personal diary, also known as a journal or a diary, is a written record of an individual’s thoughts, experiences, emotions, and reflections, typically recorded on a regular basis in chronological order. At the end of this lesson, you will be able to understand how to structure a diary post so you can write one yourself with more confidence.

  • Time

    30-40 minutes

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    Experiences - How to write a personal diary entry

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    Reading Comprehension Exercise

Warm up
Diary Entry Example
Exam Practice

Read the passage and answer the questions that follow:

Emily sat down at her desk, pen in hand, ready to write her daily diary entry. Writing in her personal diary had become a cherished habit, allowing her to reflect on her thoughts, experiences, and emotions. She found solace in the privacy of her diary, knowing that it was a space where she could be completely honest and open with herself.

Each diary entry began with a date, capturing the specific day and time when she wrote. Emily often started by recounting the events of the day, highlighting both the mundane and the extraordinary moments that made up her life. From there, she delved into her inner world, exploring her emotions, fears, and dreams.

Writing a diary entry served multiple purposes for Emily. Firstly, it acted as a release valve, providing a cathartic outlet for her emotions. She found that expressing her feelings on paper helped her gain clarity and perspective. Secondly, it served as a tool for self-reflection, allowing her to better understand herself and her reactions to various situations. Lastly, her diary entries became a personal archive, capturing memories and experiences she could revisit in the future.

Date: Monday, May 29, 2023

Dear Diary,

Saturday was such a wonderful day! I decided to take a break from my daily routine and treat myself to a much-needed trip to the beach. The weather was absolutely perfect, with clear blue skies and a gentle breeze caressing my face. I couldn't have asked for a better day to soak up some sun and enjoy the beauty of the coastline.

As I arrived at the beach, I was instantly greeted by the rhythmic sound of crashing waves and the invigorating scent of salt in the air. The sight before me was truly breathtaking. The golden sand stretched as far as the eye could see, dotted with colourful umbrellas and beach towels. People of all ages were scattered around, engaged in various activities. Some were building towering sandcastles, while others played beach volleyball or simply basked in the sun.

I found a cosy spot near the shoreline and set up my beach chair and umbrella. I took a moment to close my eyes and let the sun's warmth wash over me. The sensation was incredibly soothing, and I could feel the stress and worries of the week slowly melting away.

After some time, I decided to take a leisurely stroll along the water's edge. The sand beneath my feet felt soft and cool, contrasting with the sun's warmth on my skin. The waves crashed against the shore rhythmically, creating a soothing soundtrack that accompanied my walk. I couldn't resist the allure of the seashells scattered along the sand, so I bent down to collect a few treasures. Their intricate shapes and vibrant colours fascinated me, and I couldn't help but marvel at the wonders of the ocean.

As I continued my walk, I observed families laughing and building sandcastles together. Children ran gleefully, chasing seagulls and playing with beach balls. Couples walked hand in hand, enjoying the romantic atmosphere of the beach. It was heartwarming to witness the joy and laughter that filled the air. The beach truly brought people together, creating a sense of unity and happiness.

Feeling a bit adventurous, I decided to rent a surfboard and try my hand at catching some waves. As a novice surfer, I must admit that my attempts were far from graceful, but it was an exhilarating experience nonetheless. Balancing on the board proved challenging, and I fell countless times. However, the feeling of riding the waves, even if just for a few seconds, was a thrill unlike any other. The saltwater on my lips and the wind in my hair added to the sense of freedom and excitement. I may have swallowed a fair amount of seawater, but the laughter and pure enjoyment made it all worthwhile.

As the day slowly drew to a close, I found a spot to sit and watch the sun gradually descend on the horizon. The sky transformed into a magnificent canvas of vibrant oranges, pinks, and purples. It was a magical moment, and I couldn't help but feel a sense of awe and gratitude for witnessing such natural beauty. The tranquillity of the moment washed over me, and I couldn't help but reflect on the simple pleasures life offers.

With a heavy heart, I packed up my belongings and bid farewell to the beach. As I walked away, I carried with me a sense of tranquillity and rejuvenation. The beach had provided the perfect escape, allowing me to reconnect with nature and find solace in its simplicity.

Saturday's trip to the beach was a much-needed reminder of the importance of taking time for oneself and appreciating the wonders surrounding us. It was a day filled with relaxation, laughter, and unforgettable moments. I can't wait for my next beach adventure.

Until next time, dear Diary.



Use an appropriate text type from the options below the task choose. Write 450 to 600 words.

You recently spent a memorable weekend with your friends, visiting a historical city, participating in activities such as going to museums and eating local food. Write a text in which you describe your experience, reflect on the memories that you have, and explore the emotions that you felt.

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IB English B Language Skills

  • Listening & Speaking

    Skills to communicate both professionally and socially.

  • Reading

    Skills to stimulates imagination memory and recall information

  • Writing

    Skills to foster the ability to explain and refine ideas.

IB English B Themes

  • Experiences

    Opportunities to consider how events which take place impact an individual's life.

  • Human Ingenuity

    Opportunities to explore the sciences, technology and creativity.

  • Identities

    Opportunities to discover interests, values, belief and culture.

  • Sharing The Planet

    Opportunities to look at the challenges faced by individuals and communities in the modern world.

  • Social Organization

    Opportunities to explore the way in which groups of people organise themselves through common systems or interests.

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