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Anne Frank is an amazing girl teen whose biography needs to read by teenagers and adults. The book is quite serious for teenagers who just start reading novels. Today I would like to share some activities for Diary of Anne Frank that hopefully can engage children in learning more about this famous person and get the life message behind her story.
Anne Frank should have celebrated her 85 years old birthday on June 12, 2014. Unfortunately, the outstanding talented girl born in 1929 passed away when she was just around 14 years old as a victim of NAZI holocaust in a concentration camp because of TBC spread in the camp. From her beautifully well-written diary, we know how she grew and struggled in her life, her witty talent revealed the cruelty of NAZI occupation in the world ever.
Activities for Diary of Anne Frank
Discussing Anne Frank would be a very interesting topic for children over 10 years old. There are some reasons for people to learn about Anne Frank from her biography, Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl. Here are some activities for Diary of Anne Frank can be used to get us know her closer:
- Looking from the family topic, the novel shows the thick relationship among internal family members and between family. Even it shows a strong boundary in the refugees hidden in the secret annex in Amsterdam. Discussing this topic won't be lasting ever.
- There are some characters that take a part in the life of Anne Frank that can be related each other. We also can see the relationship between the characters and Anne Frank.
- Reading about the novel cannot be separated from the World War I and II that had a terrible impact toward many people in the world. From the novel, we can see the cruelty of wars toward human being and the environment. I would like to give reference to anyone who is learning about wars, especially the World Wars, to read this novel. Placing each event in the timeline would make the history lesson more alive.
- To be more specific and to get deeper into the World Wars, NAZI has great roles in the wars that were really humiliating. The value of human life is very low. Thus, discussing the human life value will be very useful and meaningful for readers.
- Throwing back into the ages of Anne Frank, we should be very thankful to God for all the chance that we have right now that gives us more freedom rather than it was at that time.
- As the novel happens in some places around Europe, we can involve Geography skills with the mapping skill in tracing the life of Anne Frank. Wonder Map would be a great way to locate the places mentioned in the novel.
- I cannot imagine about the persecution that Anne Frank had to survive at that time. Praying for persecuted people who are struggling to live like what Anne Frank had experienced would be able to build a caring heart for readers.
- Writing life journal or diary would be a great language art lesson. We can learn a lot that the passion of writing can be very useful in many different ways to get people learn from the experience.
- Visiting The Secret Annex would make the reading experience more alive. There are also some stories behind the screen
- The discussion about racism shown in the anti Semitism with the cause and effect can be interesting topics to explore.
Resources for Diary of Anne Frank
Besides the Activities for Diary of Anne Frank, here are a couple of great resources about her that you should never miss:
There are also some movies that will help us to comprehend the story.
Diary of Anne Frank, The 50th Anniversary EditionMasterpiece Theatre: The Diary of Anne FrankAnne Frank The Diary Documentary VideoThe Diary of Anne Frank by Millie PerkinsThe Ultimate World War II Collection (8 Films) – 10-DVD Box Set ( Escape from Sobibor / Operation Valkyrie (Stauffenberg) / The Diary of Anne Frank [ NON-USA FORMAT, PAL, Reg.2 Import – Netherlands ]
As usual, notebooking and lapbooking are great companions to help everybody in the research process. You can use notebooking for recording the facts into an appropriate layout. To do so, we provide some notebooking page templates that you can use with children in any age for several topics and subjects. Check out these printables:
The main thing that we learn from Anne Frank is:
Life is very meaningful that we have to respect.
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Adelien Tan is a mother of three awesome boys and a wife of a great husband. They are a home education family who live in Surabaya, Indonesia, where home education is still very rare. English is her foreign language, but She tries to use it in blogging.