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The Diary of Anne Frank Writing Activity Overview Students learn about the Holocaust in seventh grade, but are then as eighth-graders are given the opportunity to experience it on a more personal level as they read the play The Diary of Anne Frank.
Acting the play out in class provides them an almost firsthand knowledge of Anne and the other characters, especially as they witness typical teenage issues unfolding between Anne and her mother. They are then better able to identify with Anne as a person, and therefore allow the Holocaust experience to almost come alive.
It is at this point that it is valuable for them to write on the subject in order to further synthesize their feelings and reactions. Concepts Students apply knowledge of the Holocaust in general and The Diary of Anne Frank in particular to their writing. Students learn to express an opinion in a concise manner.
Students learn to use different types of word processing within ClarisWorks. Indicators Students produce a ClarisWorks document in a format alternative to straight word processing. Students demonstrate an understanding of the emotional effects of the Holocaust.
Students gain practice in persuasive writing. Students learn proper format for the business letter, a newspaper article, or a legal brief. Students will be given the writing assignment See attachment and select which topic they choose to write on.
Still in the classroom, students will plan their writing using the writing process, then put it in draft form. Students will revise and edit their drafts.
On the computer Students who have selected topic A will produce their writing as if it were an editorial in a newspaper.
Students who have selected topic B will produce their writing in business letter format. Students who have selected topic C will produce their writing as a legal document, using Outline. Postcomputer Students will share their work with others who have chosen the same topic to write on.
Students in each group will then choose the persuasive writing which they feel is the most convincing in the group. Each group will present this writing orally to the entire class.
The class will then vote on:Anne Frank, Diary of a Young Girl Lesson plans and teaching resources Lesson plans on Holocaust History are available here.
Anne Frank and the Holocaust The lesson ideas at this page emphasize writing. Scroll down for a useful table connecting specific passaes in the text with corresponding literacy activities.
Anne Frank: Beyond the Diary Extension Activities. These activities will expand students' understanding of the major themes in Anne Frank's diary and help them investigate some of the key events and issues of the Holocaust.
Anne Frank in the World, This unit from the Utah Education Network contains a host of reading, history, and writing activities focusing on Anne Frank and the international events of her time.
Reading & Writing with Anne Frank is a project where the exhibition serves as the starting point. The exhibition is specially designed for young people and provides an overview of the personal life of the Frank family.
The Anne Frank Wall project is the final student activity in a long unit dealing with Anne Frank's life and the Holocaust. The guiding question that introduces this overall unit is the question students must answer at the unit's end with a personal essay.
The Anne Frank Trust is asking young people to film their readings and upload them to the charity’s Facebook page. Encourage students to practise their readings as part of a drama lesson.