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Before reading the diary

Let's talk: a debate

Well, before the diary itself, it is important to make some warming up activities. For this first activity, you are going to work in small groups of 4 or 5 people.  One of you will be the <speaker> of the group; that is to say, the responsible for communicating the rest of the class your answers for the following questions. You will have to comment on them in class with the rest of your classmates but you will also have to answer this exercise in a document. So, open a Google Doc with the title: "Answers for the debate_ Let's talk" and once you finish, upload it to your folder in DRIVE.

Aprendizaje coopearativo
Emtic. Aprendizaje cooperativo (CC BY-SA)

Q1. Have you ever thought about writing a diary? Why? Why not?

Q2. Do you keep a diary now? Why? Why not?

Q3. Have you got any paticular motive/interest in reading the diary of someone else?

Q4. Do you know any famous diaries that have been published? How old are they? What are their main subjects?

Ordering events.

This second activity will be done individually with your own computers. You will have to order the following paragraphs to get a complete summary about The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole. Once you have finished organizing the paragraphs, click the button “check” to verify your answers. Then, make a screenshot and upload it to your DRIVE.

  • This is the engaging, incredibly amusing and precise diary of Adrian, a British teenager who lives in a suburban neighbourhood of the UK with his parents and his mongrel.
  • Adrian’s diary begins when he is 13 ¾ years old, in New Year’s Day with a series of resolutions he is determined to get, and lasts until his fifteenth birthday.
  • Throughout his particular way of telling his life and his observations and thoughts, the reader will know about Adrian’s parents, who are in marriage crisis, his friends, his true love, Pandora and the problems at school.
  • While Adrian records the changes of his teenage body, such as spots in his face, he also has to cope with being in love with Pandora, his relationship with his friend Nigel, his grandmother and with the fact of being bullied at school by Barry Kent.
  • He also helps Bert Baxter, an elderly man, as part of his school’s community service project. With Bert, he will know the experience of having a true friend, and he will follow many of his advices.
  • Adrian’s life revolves around his worried about his parents, who are having problems in their marriage, and who seem to be more worried in themselves rather than in his teenage son.
  • Adrian´s mother goes away to Sheffield with Mr Lucas, his lover, and Adrian’s father begins a quite strange relationship with Doreen Slater, a workmate. Two months later, Adrian’s father loses his job and it is something that really worries the young protagonist.
  • Through it all, Adrian will grow up as a mature young man in a hilarious diary that will make the reader want the story not to end.



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Social Context

As you have seen, the life of Adrian is as common as any teenager's life of around 14 years old. However, before going on with the reading it is essential to know a bit about the social context of Adrian, the Britain where he lives and the background of his story. In this way you will be able to understand his way of thinking, his remarks and the reasons why his behaves in such a way.

In this section you will have to the following activity: complete a chart about the social context of Britain when the book was published in the 1980's. It is important to remember that you need to upload your chart once it is completed to your personal portfolio. In this case, a rubric will be used to evaluate your work in this activity. Below the picture you have a series of links that will help in the seeking for information.

Identidades, discursos sociales y tecnologías de género.
Identidades, discursos sociales y tecnologías de género. (CC BY-NC-ND)

Click on the "links" tab below and check the links you can use to search for suitable information. 

Getting to know about the writer

To finish the warming up activities before reading the diary itself, now it is time for you to know a bit more about the writer of the book, Sue Townsend. How are you going to do that? Well, you will have to look for outstanding information about her and include new posts on the PADLET wall below. Remember to write your name as the title and then the information you want to include. There are 3 examples done for you. The pieces of information you include need to be unique, that is to say, if another classmate has already written it down, it won't be suitable for you.

Here you have some of the pages you can check in order to find curious info about Sue Townsend.


British Council

Enciclopaedia Britannica

Sue Townsend's page


The Guardian

Learning Diary

It is time to begin writing your learning diary. Firstly, it will be necessary to make a brainstorm about the following questions before writing your ideas down. Remember that it is a personal job so just include your own thoughts. Do not copy them from your classmate.

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Emtic. Educación. Folio verde (CC BY-SA)

Click here and make a copy of the Google Doc.about <How am I doing it?>. Then, complete it and once you finish, upload it to your DRIVE folder.