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The Blog of Anne Frank?: Taking on Social Roles through Online Writing

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The Blog of Anne Frank?: Taking on Social Roles through Online Writing

Grades 7 – 10
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Four 50-minute sessions, with additional sessions for updating content and responding the classmates’ blogs
Lesson Author

Scott Filkins

Scott Filkins

Champaign, Illinois


National Council of Teachers of English


Materials and Technology





  • Internet-connected computers with access to blogging sites

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  1. Students will have read or viewed a version of The Diary of Anne Frank, such as the 2009 Masterpiece film version, prior to this lesson.
  2. Students will be setting up blogs in Session Three.  Preview ReadWriteThink resources on blogging, including Strategy Guides and Lesson Plans such as:
  3. Select activities and resources that you may wish to incorporate into this lesson based on your students’ (and your own) familiarity with blogging.
  4. This lesson requires students to be familiar with many features of a blog site.  This instruction can be built in to the lesson itself, but you may wish to build it into the reading/viewing of The Diary of Anne Frank instead.  Consider having students compose written responses, including minilessons on including hyperlinks, embedding video, and uploading images as students progress.  Once you select the blogging platform your students will use (e.g. Blogger, Wordpress), familiarize yourself with these features to facilitate student instruction when appropriate.
  5. Preview recommended political blogs.  By their nature, they will contain some controversial content and the content will change, sometimes on a daily basis.  Consider which blogs are most appropriate for your students.

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