KS2 RESOURCE PACK: Diary of a Wimpy Kid

What’s the story?

‘Let me get something straight: this is a JOURNAL not a diary… The other thing I want to clear up right away is that this was MOM’s idea, not mine.’

Things aren’t going well for Greg Heffley. He’s been thrust into a new school where undersize weaklings share the corridors with kids who are taller, meaner and already shaving…..

And so begin Greg’s adventures (and misadventures) in a series that spans 12 books and has sold 250 million copies worldwide.  50% words, 50% cartoons, 100% hilarious! Stories that all readers can’t wait to get their hands on. Laughter guaranteed!

This resource pack includes:

A scheme of work that supports children’s literacy development, encouraging creativity and imagination. Designed as sequential units of work, the activities can also be used individually as inspiration for reading for pleasure with the supporting worksheets. The pack includes extracts, audio, video, writing tips and templates with a range of activities to suit all learning styles.

Lesson 1: Wimpy book cover challenge (design and illustration)

  • analyse book covers
  • improve inference skills
  • create new book covers

Lesson 2: Themes (video)

  • predicting and analysing themes
  • themes discussion
  • identify personal, social and emotional themes

Lesson 3: Getting to grips with Greg (extract and audio)

  • comprehension and inference skills
  • characters and relationships
  • draw a new character

Lesson 4: Diaries and comic books (writing tips and templates)

  • conventions of diary and comic–strip writing
  • creative writing in the style of Jeff Kinney
  • one-minute writing tips from Jeff Kinney (video)

Lesson 5: Delving further into the books

  • inferences through analysis
  • comprehension and prediction activities
  • introducing Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid

These resources would be ideal for use in PSHE and English lessons; to support creative writing activities and reader development and to encourage good communication skills through paired and group working. Worksheets can be downloaded here.

Get the KS2 RESOURCE PACK: Diary of a Wimpy Kid