Anne Frank, age twelve, at her school desk.
Courtesy of USHMM Photo Archives
The Diary of Anne Frank: Selected Passages
Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Senior High School
Burnt Hills, New York
lesson is part of a comprehensive Holocaust unit in which students address
the following issues: effects of the Versailles Treaty; formation of the
Weimar Republic; development of German political parties; appeal of the
National Socialist German Workers Party; propaganda techniques; scapegoating
and visualization of the Nazi Party.
- Students, who are the same age as the
diarist Anne Frank, compare her world to their own and look for
similarities and differences.
- Students read selected diary passages to
gain historical perspective about political,
economic, and social conditions in Europe from June 15, 1942- August 1,
1944 and answer the related questions.
One class period
Studies, Holocaust Studies
Procedure / Strategy
Students respond to questions associated with
specific diary passages:
||June 15, 1942
|| Where does Anne attend school and why does she go to school there?
||June 20, 1942
|| Anne mentions ten Anti-Jewish Decrees. Select any 5 of the decrees and explain why the Germans would have issued each specific order.
||June 21, 1942
||How do schools grade students? Explain what the subjects are that students Anne's age must take. Why do you think that the academic schedule is so rigorous? (See July 5, 1942 for extra
||June 24, 1942
|| Anne mentions which method of transportation as the only one available to the
Jews? Why is this method not restricted as well?
||June 30, 1942
|| Anne mentions Harry Goldberg. Why did he probably leave Belgium? Where does Anne go every Wednesday night and why?
||July 8, 1942
|| Anne's family receives a call-up notice. Explain the quote, "No Jew in our situation would have dreamed of going out with a suitcase full of
||July 9, 1942
|| Examine the diagram of the hiding place. Discuss the adequacy or inadequacy of the living arrangement. Was it going to be terribly comfortable for 8 people to live here 24 hours a day? Discuss possible problems.
||July 10, 1942
|| Why was their living area so cluttered when they arrived?
||July 11, 1942
|| Why did curtains have to be made quickly for all of the windows and why did they have to be so quiet all day long?
||August 14, 1942
|| How had the Frank's landlord fooled the police into believing that they had gone to
||August 21, 1942
|| Why had the warehouse owners decided to place a cupboard in front of the door to conceal the opening suddenly?
||April 11, 1944
|| Why were the Franks so upset that one of their group yelled "police" at the burglars?
||May 8, 1944
|| Contrast the lifestyle that the Frank's were used to with their daily routine now. What did they eat for instance?
||May 22, 1944
|| What causes does Anne mention for the hatred against Jews intensifying?
||May 25, 1944
||Why was their vegetable man arrested and what effects will that have on the Franks?
||May 26, 1944
|| When something simple like broken plumbing occurs, how does this quickly became a potentially dangerous situation?
||June 6, 1944
|| How does the news of D-Day
affect the 8 people in hiding?
||June 27, 1944
|| What announcement involving German women living in
Holland gives the refugees hope?
||July 8, 1944
|| Why does the German government force all Dutch growers to sell their produce at public auction?
||July 21, 1944
|| Why is the attempt on Hitler's life this time so significant?
||August 1, 1944
||What questions about her existence does Anne debate in
the last diary entry?
Materials Used / Resources
As part of a homework assignment, students
complete a "milk can essay" in response to this writing prompt:
If you thought that your life was in danger, what would you leave behind for the world to discover and why?
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