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Anne Frank received her famous diary in 1942.
|Grades||5 – 12|
|Calendar Activity Type||Historical Figure & Event|
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.
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.
- 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.
Grades 7 – 12 | Calendar Activity |  September 30
Students compare and contrast two views of the Holocaust from different authors. Students may also research stories of other survivors who may or may not be published and create a presentation on this survivor.
Grades 9 – 12 | Calendar Activity |  November 9
To help understand the thinking of German leaders during the Holocaust, students write about a time when they failed to come to the assistance of someone who needed help.
Grades 3 – 12 | Calendar Activity |  February 23
Students write diary entries and revisit the entries as if it were a hundred years from now. Students then brainstorm and write paragraphs about life in the 21st century.