Welcome to ELA Breakdown: The Diary of Anne Frank Wiki PageEdit
The following wiki is for the use of middle school students in order to further educate them of the life and legacy of Anne Frank. The Diary of Anne Frank book and play, which are taught in the 7th and 8th grades, tells the profound story of Anne Frank, a Jewish girl who hid in a secret annex in order to avoid certain death in the Nazi concentration camps. As the students embark on the journey through Anne’s life and the horrors of the Holocaust, these activities will help in the comprehension of what students will be reading as well as circumscribe important facts related to these events. The following North Carolina Common Core State Standards will be used for the subject matter.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.1 Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.2 Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to the characters, setting, and plot; provide an objective summary of the text.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.3 Analyze how particular lines of dialogue or incidents in a story or drama propel the action, reveal aspects of a character, or provoke a decision.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.7 Analyze the extent to which a filmed or live production of a story or drama stays faithful to or departs from the text or script, evaluating the choices made by the director or actors.
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Anne Frank was born on June 12, 1929 to parents Otto and Edith Frank in Frankfurt, Germany. She and her older sister Margot lived a seemingly well life until Adolf Hitler came into power in 1932. Fearing for the lives of his family in Germany, Otto Frank moved to Amsterdam. He started a company. In December of 1933, Otto sent for his family to join him in Amsterdam, hoping the worst would be left behind in Germany. However, the Frank family was not so fortunate. War began in 1940 and eventually the occupation of the Nazis in the Netherlands. The family lived, once again, under strict anti-Jewish laws. To make matters worse, Margot received work orders for one of the dreaded Nazi work camps. Otto Frank had been preparing for such an event and the family moved into a secret annex above the family business. The Franks left a misleading letter behind to detour those who may be seeking them. On July 9, 1942, Anne and her family along with others were locked away in the secret annex to wait out the war. Anne’s diary, a gift from her father, chronicles her stay in the annex as well as the difficulties of being a young teenager at the time. The diary serves as a powerful testament to the spirit of one young woman, who endured the horrors of the Holocaust and yet still believed in the good of humankind. As students continue to read the book and play, a message of tolerance will be heralded from Anne’s words for generations to come.
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