Grade Levels: 6-8, 9-12

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This lesson accompanies the BrainPOP topic Anne Frank, and supports the standard of analyzing the importance and global impact of sharing Frank’s experiences in World War II and specifically the Holocaust. Students demonstrate understanding through a variety of projects.

Step 1: ACTIVATE PRIOR KNOWLEDGE

Display the following quote from Anne Frank’s diary:

“I still believe, in spite of everything, that people are truly good at heart.”

Ask students: 

  • What do these words mean to you? What does this tell you about Anne Frank’s character?

Step 2: BUILD KNOWLEDGE

  • Read aloud the description on the Anne Frank topic page
  • Play the Movie, pausing to check for understanding. 
  • Have students read one of the following Related Reading articles: “In Depth” or “Laws and Customs”. Partner them with someone who read a different article to share what they learned with each other.

Step 3: APPLY and ASSESS 

Students take the Anne Frank Challenge and Quiz, applying essential literacy skills while demonstrating what they learned about this topic.

Step 4: EXTEND and DEEPEN

Students express what they learned about Anne Frank while practicing essential literacy skills with one or more of the following activities. Differentiate by assigning ones that meet individual student needs.

  • Make-a-Movie: Create a mini-documentary that answers this question: What does Anne Frank’s diary teach us about the Holocaust?
  • Make-a-Map: Make a concept map identifying details about Anne Frank’s life before, during, and after her time in the Secret Annex.
  • Creative Coding: Code a digital museum exhibit with artifacts, figures, and symbols representing Anne Frank’s life and the global importance of her diary.

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Related BrainPOP Topics: Deepen understanding of the causes and impact of the Holocaust with these topics: World War II Causes, Holocaust, Elie Wiesel.

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