Anne Frank Discussion Prompts & Pause Points


Read the movie description that appears below the movie player on the Anne Frank topic page. Then use the following prompts to encourage class discussion before, during, and after watching the movie.


Before the Movie

What do you know about Anne Frank?

What can you tell about Anne Frank’s character from the movie description?


During the Movie (Pause Points)

Stop at the following times in the movie and ask questions or prompt a discussion to keep students focused and to assess their understanding before moving on:


Timecode 0:40: Why did Anne Frank’s family flee Germany?

Timecode 1:15: In what ways did Anne Frank’s life change when Germany first invaded the Netherlands?

Timecode 1:50: Why did Anne call the place she’d eventually hide the “Secret Annex”?  

Timecode 2:38: How was the Frank family able to create and maintain their hiding place?

Timecode 4:40: How do you think keeping a diary helped Anne while in hiding?

Timecode 5:22 What can you tell about Anne from this line she wrote in her diary: “I still believe, in spite of everything, that people are truly good at heart.”?

Timecode 6:02: How does the timing of the Frank family’s capture by the Nazis make Anne’s story even more poignant?

Timecode 7:08: In what way was Anne triumphant?


After the Movie

Why do you think Anne Frank’s diary remains a best-selling book around the world?

Why is Anne’s story still relevant today?

What do you think is the difference between reading a diary and reading a biography?

Why is it easier to feel empathy for an individual than for a large group?


*BrainPOP’s Discussion Questions and Prompts align to CCSS Speaking and Listening Standards.