The Diary of Anne Frank


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    The Diary of Anne Frank 1: A Difficult Situation

    Students explore the diary as a literary genre, as well as the themes of The Diary of Anne Frank, in this excerpt from MASTERPIECE’s 2010 version of The Diary of Anne Frank. As students analyze a scene in which Anne’s father talks about why writing is so important to Anne, they gain a deeper understanding of the historical context in which Anne lived, what motivated Anne to start keeping a diary, her identity as a writer, and how her observations went on to become one of the most widely-read works of nonfiction in the world. This resource is part of the MASTERPIECE Collection.

    Click on the links below to download customizable Teaching Tips and two Background Essays for this resource.

    Teaching Tips | Historical Context Essay | Anne Frank, the Writer Essay

    Grades: 9-12
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    The Diary of Anne Frank 2: Anne’s Birthday

    Students explore the process of adapting a work of literature for the screen in this excerpt from MASTERPIECE’s 2010 adaptation of The Diary of Anne Frank. By comparing and contrasting the way in which the film and the book portray Anne’s 14th birthday celebration, students gain an understanding of the process filmmakers must go through to bring the book to life. They also explore the symbolism of the gifts Anne receives. This resource is part of the MASTERPIECE Collection.

    Click on the links below to download customizable Teaching Tips and two Background Essays for this resource.

    Teaching Tips | Historical Context Essay | Anne Frank, the Writer Essay 

    Grades: 9-12
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    The Diary of Anne Frank 3: The Suffering of Millions

    Students examine how filmmaking techniques—such as music, voice-over narration, and camera cuts—build tension and capture the viewers’ hearts and minds in this excerpt from the 2010 MASTERPIECE version of The Diary of Anne Frank. In this dramatic scene, we watch as the Frank family and other residents of the secret annex meet the fate they have dreaded throughout their two years in hiding: they are discovered by the police. As students explore the music, voice-over narration, and camera cuts in the scene, they also consider the ways in which the filmmakers interpret the impact and message of the diary. This resource is part of the MASTERPIECE Collection.

    Caution: Guns are in the closing scenes.

    Click on the links below to download customizable Teaching Tips and two Background Essays for this resource.

    Teaching Tips | Historical Context Essay | Anne Frank, the Writer Essay 

    Grades: 9-12
  • The Diary of Anne Frank: Life in Hiding

    Watch a dramatization of moments in the life of Anne Frank, a young Jewish girl who lived in hiding from the Nazis during World War II with her family and four other people. The alternating boredom and terror of life in hiding, as well as Anne’s growing desire to become a serious writer, are captured in these video segments, all adapted from “The Diary of Anne Frank” and based on entries from Anne's diary.

    Grades: 5-12
  • Character Change: The Diary of Anne Frank

    In this blended lesson supporting literacy skills, students examine what Anne Frank’s writing and a video dramatization of her diary reveal about her character and how it changed while she was in hiding. Students develop their literacy skills as they explore an English language arts focus on character change. During this process, they read informational text, learn and practice vocabulary words, and explore content through videos and interactive activities. This resource is part of the Inspiring Middle School Literacy Collection.

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    Grades: 5-8

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