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Anne Frank Diary

Content Area

Grade Level

 

ELA

 

8

Unit Topic

Anne Frank/Zlata’s Diary

 

Description of Unit

 

This unit is the fifth unit in the ELA course of study, Building Blocks of Character.  Students will explore the concept of tolerance in the context of the Holocaust and/or Bosnian War (1985-1995) with the characters from the novels “Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl” and “Zlata’s Diary:  A Child’s Life in Wartime Sarajevo”.    Furthermore, students will improve reading skills by predicting, making inferences, and drawing conclusions about text and support those claims with textual evidence.  The transfer task for this unit reinforces the concept of empathy, as students will exhibit their understanding through writing or images to create a product that identifies their understanding of tolerance and the importance of them.

 

 

 

Standard(s)/Benchmarks/Grade Level Expectations Addressed

1. Students will use written and oral English appropriate for various purposes and audiences.

1.1  Writers will produce text that exhibit the following text features, all of which are consistent with the genre and purpose of the writing:  development, organization, style, and word choice.

1.2  Writers will produce text that exhibit the following language conventions at all grade levels:  sentence formation, conventions.

1.3  Writers will produce examples that illustrate the following discourse classifications:  by the completion of the grade, writers will be able to write expressively.

2. The student will construct, examine, and extend the meaning of literary, informative,

    and technical texts through listening, reading, and viewing.

           2.4f  Demonstrate understanding by identifying the author’s purpose

           2.4g  Demonstrate understanding by comparing information between and within

                    texts

           2.4k  Demonstrate…by relating the content of the text to real-life situations

                    and applying information from printed, electronic, and oral texts to complete

                    authentic tasks

           2.5d  Use critical and divergent thinking and assimilate prior knowledge to draw

                    conclusions.

           2.7b  Critically analyze and evaluate information; identify the underlying purposes

                    of media messages.

4.       Use literary knowledge accessed through print and visual media to connect self to society and culture.

4.1c  Connect their own experience to those of literary characters by relating to the feelings of characters or varying ages, genders, nationalities, races, cultures, religions, and disabilities.

4.2c  Interpret the impact of the authors decisions such as word choice, style, content, and literary elements; understand the author’s intent in choosing an particular genre.

4.4b  Understand social and political issues.

 

3.2 Use technology to synthesize information into a meaningful format to express ideas and experiences, and to create text, drawings, graphs, diagrams, photographs, videos, and graphics.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Key Search Words

 

Freedom

Tolerance

Empathy

Bosnian Conflict

Culutural Stereotypes

Research

Verb Tense

Sentence Structure

Sentence Variety

Use of Colons

Making Inferences

Making Predictions

Concentration Camps

Journaling

Expressive Writing

Text materials to be used: 

Anne Frank

Zlata's Diary

Green Gulch by Loren Eiesley

My Parents by Stephen Spender

No Pretty Pictures:  A Child of War by Anita Lobel

A Tragedy Revealed:  A Heroine's Last Days by Ernst Schnabel

Freedom Writers

Schindler's List

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

“The Wise Old Woman” by Yoshiko Uchida

"Camp Harmony" from Nisei Daughter by Monica Sone

In Response to Executive Order 9066:  All Americans of Japanese Descent Must Report to Relocation Centers by Dwight Okita

Refugee in America by Langston Hughes

 

 

 


Open Resources

 


Resource 1: Anne Frank unit
Media type: Text
Description: A complete curriculum unit on The Diary of a Young Girl with lesson plans, guided reading questions, and assessment projects.
Level: Intermediate

Credit: Abigail Myers
License: CC BY

Notes/activity suggestions:
Tags: grade8, ELA, Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl, holocaust

 

Resource 2: 80th Anniversary of Anne Frank's Birth
Media type: Video
Description: A video clip talking about the 80th anniversary of Anne Frank's birth; a play that centers on an imagined conversation between Anne Frank and Emmett Till, the fourteen-year-old African American boy who was lynched in Money, Mississippi in 1955; and the tragic shooting at the Holocaust Memorial Museum.
Level: Intermediate

Credit: Democracy Now, democracynow.org
License: CC BY NC ND

Notes/activity suggestions:
Tags: grade8, ELA, Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl, holocaust

 

 


Resource 3: Anne Frank the Writer
Media type: Text, Photos, Video
Description: This web site from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum gives in-depth information about Anne Frank and her writing, including a number of video interviews with a family member and scholars.
Level: Intermediate

Credit: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, www.ushmm.org
License: custom (non-commercial)

Notes/activity suggestions:
Tags: grade8, ELA, Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl, holocaust

 


Resource 4: The Diary of a Young Girl study guide
Media type: Text
Description: A study guide with study questions and links to additional resources.
Level: Beginning

Credit: Shmoop, www.shmoop.com
License: CC BY NC

Notes/activity suggestions:
Tags: grade8, ELA, Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl, holocaust

 

Resource 5: Through My Eyes - Bosnia in Conflict

Media type: Text, Photos, Video
Description: This web site tells about the Bosnian conflict through a variety of people including Zlata Filipović. This is a part of a larger web site that talks about stories of war and conflict and how it affects people.
Level: Intermediate

Credit: Imperial War Museum
License: custom (educational, noncommercial)

Notes/activity suggestions:
Tags: grade8, ELA, Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl, holocaust

 


Resource 6: Anne Frank Diary unit glossary - text, PowerPoint

Media type: text, ebook, PPT
Description: A glossary of key terms related to this unit as specified in unit outline.
Level: intermediate

Credit: Kids Open Dictionary, http://dictionary.k12opened.com
License: public domain

Notes/activity suggestions: This glossary can be used as a study handout or you might have students illustrate or add to the glossary with their own ideas or examples that illustrate the words. You can also use the PowerPoint as flashcards.

Tags: grade8

 

Resource 7: Anne Frank I-Search
Media type: text
Description: Students are assigned characters and/or terms from the Diary of Anne Frank to research, define, and react to.
Level: Intermediate

Credit: Jennifer Teagle, Laurel Middle
License: CC BY

Notes/activity suggestions:
Tags: grade8, ELA, Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl, holocaust, grade8

 

Resource 8: Respecting differences
Media type: text
Description: A lesson plan and accompanying handouts that offers students the opportunity to identify prejudices and understand how certain character traits such as tolerance, respect, and kindness affect their choice of behavior. Includes a personal survey and a role play.

Level: Intermediate

Credit: Daryl Walker and Judy Peele
License: CC BY NC SA

Notes/activity suggestions:
Tags: grade8, ELA, Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl, tolerance, diversity

 

Resource 9: Writing a Research Paper
Media type: ebook
Description: An ebook about writing a research paper, including all the steps in the process and examples.
Level: Intermediate

Credit: K12 Handhelds and Seaford Public Schools
License: CC BY

Notes/activity suggestions:
Tags: grade8, ELA, writing, research paper

 

 

Thinkfinity Resources
 
 http://www.readwritethink.org/classroom-resources/lesson-plans/investigating-holocaust-collaborative-inquiry-416.html?tab=1#tabs - This resource could be used to build student's background knowledge about the Holocaust.

 

Last modified at 6/17/2011 1:04 PM  by SEAFORD\MSJLC