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June 12

Anne Frank received her famous diary in 1942.

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Anne Frank received her famous diary in 1942.

Grades 5 – 12
Calendar Activity Type Historical Figure & Event

 

EVENT DESCRIPTION

 

 

On June 12, 1942, Anne Frank received a small red and white diary as a present for her 13th birthday. The diary, which she named Kitty, was her companion for just over two years. Frank's last entry in the diary was dated August 1, 1944. Her family's secret hiding place was raided three days later, on August 4. She died of typhus in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in February or March of 1945.

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Explore the ways that eyewitness reports shape our understanding of events we can't see first-hand. Introduce students to this topic using a lesson (adapted to your grade level), such as Through the Eyes of a Refugee, which examines the first-hand reports of an Afghan refugee, or Evaluating Eyewitness Reports, which examines first-hand accounts of the Great Chicago Fire.

Then have students break into small groups for an end-of-the-year research project. First, provide an outline or list of the main topics you've studied during the year. Or, have students use their textbook as a reference. Have each group select an event to research, taking care that topics are not too broad, such as "World War II." Using primary source documents, have students research the event using eyewitness accounts. A good source of primary documents can be found at the American Slave Narratives website. Finally, have each group present their research to the class, for an end-of-the-year review session.

 

WEBSITES

 

 
  • The Anne Frank Center, USA

    Visit this site for biographical information about Anne Frank as well as resources for students and teachers. The site includes photographs and excerpts from Frank's diary.

     

  • The Jewish Virtual Library: The Holocaust

    This collection of links offers a wealth of Holocaust information. There are maps, a glossary, and information on concentration camps, Nazi Germany, and more.

     

  • The Holocaust: A Learning Site for Students

    This United States Holocaust Memorial Museum website uses text, images, and audio to provide an overview of the Holocaust.

     

  • We Remember Anne Frank

    Scholastic provides this collection of Anne Frank resources. There is a teacher's guide, an interview with a childhood friend, and several online activities.

     

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After students have read a book about the Holocaust, such as The Diary of Anne Frank or Night by Elie Wiesel, students will view Life is Beautiful and complete discussion questions to challenge their ability to analyze literature using film.

 

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Blending the Past with Today’s Technology: Using Prezi to Prepare for Historical Fiction

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Dynamic Duo Text Talks: Examining the Content of Internet Sites

An Observation and Inquiry Sheet guides students as they analyze and compare their reactions to the value, engagement, and credibility of three websites related to Anne Frank and the Holocaust.

 

Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit

Investigating the Holocaust: A Collaborative Inquiry Project

Students explore a variety of resources as they learn about the Holocaust. Working collaboratively, they investigate the materials, prepare oral responses, and produce a topic-based newspaper to complete their research.

 

Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit

Fighting Injustice by Studying Lessons of the Past

Social injustice occurs every day all over the world. In this lesson, students research a few historical examples of social injustice, including the Holocaust, the Trail of Tears, and Japanese internment.

 

Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

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Images have power—they can trigger memories or symbolize abstract ideas. Students put the power of images to the test as they analyze symbolism in Night and create symbolic photomontages.

 

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Writing for Audience: The Revision Process in The Diary of Anne Frank

After reading or viewing The Diary of Anne Frank, students will make connections between audience and purpose and revise a journal entry with an outside audience in mind.