Anne Frank

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Explore Anne Frank and summarized parts of her diary with our Anne Frank Lesson Plan.  This lesson exposes students to a list of important events during Anne Frank’s lifetime, and engages their critical thinking in the meaning of various quotes from her diary.  Leverage group learning by encouraging meaningful discussion and idea sharing regarding individual interpretation of Anne’s quotes.  Develop creative writing and written expression as students create their own diaries.

Anne Frank Lesson Plan Includes:

  • Full Teacher Guidelines with Creative Teaching Ideas
  • Instructional Content Pages about Anne Frank.
  • Hands-on homework activities giving students the ability to identify Anne Frank, listing important events, etc.
  • Answer Keys
  • Common Core State Standards
  • Many Additional Links and Resources
  • Built for Grades 4-6 but can be adapted for other grade levels.

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Description

Explore Anne Frank and summarized parts of her diary with our Anne Frank Lesson Plan.  This lesson exposes students to a list of important events during Anne Frank’s lifetime, and engages their critical thinking in the meaning of various quotes from her diary.  Leverage group learning by encouraging meaningful discussion and idea sharing regarding individual interpretation of Anne’s quotes.  Develop creative writing and written expression as students create their own diaries.

Sample Classroom Procedure / Teacher Instruction

  1. Read the following line from Anne Frank’s diary: …I feel the suffering of millions. And yet, when I look up at the sky, I somehow feel that everything will change for the better…
  2. Ask students: What does this mean to you? How old do you think the person was who wrote it? Do you know who wrote the lines? Give hints until the students guess Anne Frank.
  3. Distribute Anne Frank content pages. Read and review the information with the students. Use the additional resources to enhance understanding. Discuss the final question.
  4. Distribute Activity page. Read and review the instructions. Pair students. Give students sufficient time to discuss each of the quotes from Anne’s diary. Remind students to write clearly what they believe is the meaning of each quote. If they disagree, two separate responses may be written.
  5. Following sufficient time for completion, each pair of students should be given the opportunity to respond to one or more of the quotes from Anne’s diary. Allow debate and discussion on students’ opinions about each quote.
  6. Distribute Practice pages. Check and review the students’ responses.
  7. Distribute the Homework pages. Review the instructions. After seven days, allow volunteers to read aloud some entries. Encourage students to share at least one or two lines. (Remind students to be respectful.)
  8. It is not necessary to collect individual diaries unless students choose to turn them in, though check for assignment completion.
  9. In closing, ask: What were the advantages and disadvantages of keeping the 7-day diary homework assignment? What was helpful about it? Did anything surprise you?
  10. Allow for responses and sufficient time for a class discussion.Ask students if they will continue keeping the diary. Encourage students to write something each day.

Common Core State Standards: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.4.1, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.4.1.C, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.4.5, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.5.1, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.5.1.C, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.5.5, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6-8.4, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6-8.7, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6-8.10

Class Sessions (45 minutes): At least 2 class sessions.

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Additional information

Grade Level

4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade

Subject

Social Studies