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The Diary of Anne Frank

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Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett's acclaimed stage adaptation of Anne Frank's World War II diary won the 1956 Pulitzer Prize, Tony Award, and Critics Circle Award. It ran on Broadway from 1955 to 1957 and was also adapted into a feature film.

In the 1990s, Wendy Kesselman revised Goodrich and Hackett's play to incorporate some material that had been removed or censored from Frank's diaries when they were initially published. The revised version was staged on Broadway in 1997.

72 pages, Paperback

First published January 1, 1955

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Frances Goodrich

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Frances Goodrich was an American dramatist and screenwriter, best known for her collaborations with her partner and husband Albert Hackett.

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397 reviews92 followers
March 5, 2021
My middle school class and I read this adaptation way back in the 2000s. It was in one of those English textbooks that collected short stories or excerpts from bigger stories by various authors. I've yet to read the actual diary.

This adaptation is done in the form of a play or screenplay and was used as a basis for a play and later a movie in the 1950s. When my class read this, I was assigned all the lines of Otto Frank, Anne Frank's father, who survived the Holocaust. He was the only member of the Frank family to survive any of the atrocities.

It was a hard but necessary read.
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151 reviews22 followers
May 29, 2022
i read this but would love to have seen this performed. i have certain qualms about this play but overall enjoyed it.
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4 reviews
April 5, 2013
Diary of Anne Frank is about a young girl who was a Jew. Not only was she a Jew but her whole family were Jews. At this time the Germans were taking over and World War II was going on. The reason for all of this was Hitler. he was a very sick man. The Germans were capturing people who didn't meet their standards' the Jews weren't apart of their standards. if you didn't meet their standards or if you were a Jew then you got sent to a concentration camp. These camps were in horrible condition. If you went there and you weren't a strong man or woman or you were an elderly person or child then you were automatically sent off to die. The camps was were filled. Anne was lucky her family had a hiding spot. They hid in an attic where he father worked. The attic was packed with people. Anne wrote all about it in a dairy that she had received for her birthday. This was not only her diary it was best friend.

i enjoyed reading this book because it taught me all about the holocaust. I didn't know what the holocaust was until I read this book. It told me all about and everything I needed to know about it.

I recommend this story if you like learning about the past. If you like to learn about World War II then this is the book for you. It tells you everything you need to know.
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1,312 reviews51 followers
April 20, 2015
This review can also be found on A Thousand Lives Lived, check it out for more reviews!

Let's play a wondrous game of 'Never Have I Ever.' Of course, you've all heard of this game in those cute, cheeky contemporary novels... but many few have played it. Here's a first for me, too. But my main point here is: Never have I ever read a play before. Stepping into a new kind of writing format and learning the basics of the great scripts, The Diary of Anne Frank brought back memories of when I actually read Anne's diary back in the day, and it gave me a whole new experience to love and devour for ages to come.

So here's the thing: I have an obsession with Anne's diary. Since I was young and once decided that I might write a speech on the inspirational young girl herself, I've read her diary and researched all about her, continuously. When's Anne's birthday? June 12. And trust me, I did not search that up. *winks* Until reaching the smitten age of 14, I actually had not known that there was an amazing playwright of her story, and that I'll be getting the chance to read it in Grade 9. This was a true memorable experience for me, from start to finish.

"We don't need the Nazis to destroy us. We're destroying ourselves."

All I feel like doing right now, right here, is banging my head on my desk repeatedly and sob. I wish that I could sob for a whole eternity. I feel that with a play like this, readers are more prone to understand Ms. Frank's story even better, and in the end, the actual ending may not be exactly correct when looking at the way her life ended in reality, but you feel everything. The emotions are present, the feels, and throughout the whole two Acts, I felt that I was actually imaging the wonderful real personalities playing these roles. It hadn't been a play all along for me, there were moments when this was realer than ever, and since there was dialogue between the people Anne spent years with in annexation, I have gotten to know their personalities much better than I ever would have if I just reread her diary over and over again for fifteen times. There's a true difference, my friends.

For those of you crazy weirdos who don't know Anne's story at all, you must be living under a rock or a shoe and have no access to wonderful books and history novels. But since I'm that much of a nice person, then I'll surely give you a mini-recap, so you can continue to read this review and get what I'm saying. *grins widely* Anne Frank was just a normal girl living in Holland when her life turned upside down... just because she was a Jew. Anne's father, Otto Frank, was a hero to his family, and his decision to bring the Franks into annexation and hiding in a dusty attic hiding spot on top of a warehouse saved their lives... at least for a couple of years. Anne and her family went into hiding in 1942, and the Van Daan family also joined them with a surprise visitor afterwards. All of these people's traditions and ways of living were disrupted to the highest extent, and they spent their days without a peep and no talking or heading to the washroom. It was all about fear, and if the slightest noise was heard, someone ought to find out.

I just can't even explain to you how much this play and Anne's story means to me. Yes, it's completely tragic and worrisome for readers, but the fact that Anne and her crush-afterwards Peter Van Daan were just two normal teenagers crushed me even more. I bet that if Anne was put into our modern day society just the way she was, she'd be normal. No one would suspect that she's a historical figure who died in the 1940s because of the Second World War. No one would suspect that she spent years in hiding or that she went into a concentration camp. And this is the aspect that makes this the most memorable: amazing playwrights brought her legacy and story back to life once more. I've never heard of this play actually turning into a production on stage and everything (like Broadway), but just having readers given the chance to see a reenactment of this all brings tears into my heart.

"I only know it's funny never to be able to go outdoors... never to breathe fresh air... never to run and shout and jump. It's the silence in the night that frightens me most. Every time I hear a creak in the house, or a step on the street outside, I'm sure they're coming for us. The days aren't so bad. At least we know that Miep and Mr. Kraler are down there below us in the office. Our protectors we call them."

What the playwright had done perfectly was making sure that the facts weren't 100% correct. This is Anne's story to tell, and as we can tell, she didn't write this play, so they couldn't make sure that everything was left open as her story was and still is today. The ending of the whole play was different than to what actually had happened. In reality, nobody knows who told that the Franks were hiding there. In the play, it was the thief who wandered in the office building and blackmailed Mr. Kraler. The play and the audience had to be left leaving the play with answers. Some are still not complete, but at least you can say that you've seen/read the play and understand it all. And that makes the fixture of the plot perfect.

Since I had to read this for school, I read both Acts at separate times. But in a matter of a week, I had the play done, and all of the discussion questions that we had to answer on this were done and scribbled on to with loads of thoughts that got me thinking. I'm telling you, this review wouldn't even be half as long if I didn't have the discussion questions to answer. They really got me thinking, thinking about the characters, the development, the ending, and everything in between.

Anne... Well that was a perfect example of her. The diary scenes, her attitude and personality, everything, all of the aspects gotten readers to understand and know her better. It's obvious and easy to tell that there was a lot of research put into writing this play so the writers could get Anne on the dot and know her in and out. Her character just made me realize how young she really was, and all of those playful moments that she shared with her parents, Peter or with Mr. Dussel just shattered me because at the moment when she was taken away by the Germans, it was easy to tell that the world had just lost a great soul. She was optimistic, and she always felt that she would have a great future and would become someone big, but she never thought that something like this would happen to her. Her fame is a legacy, my friends.

Some people have argued with me over the romance of Anne and Peter, and I have to tell you that it was adorable, but puppy-love at the same time. I don't care about the difference in ages of them, which was about 3 years. The audience can tell that throughout the play, Anne was seeking for a person to talk to and understand. Margot, her older sister, was completely out of the picture, and I can only wish that her character was brought out more. Thankfully, her mother and father's crazy but funny moments were constantly brought up and we got to know who Anne really came from strongly.

Looking at my liking of this dramatized story in an overall matter, I can tell you that I am able to go on forever with how much I enjoyed this. Although this was only 'based' on the real thing, it was done perfectly and it didn't go too far or not hit the exact point of the book. The message was so deep and it made me smile and break out into a sad face continuously, but the most important thing that I saw was that the writing and the descriptions were set to the exact point. And it did. *smiles* This was everything I could ask for and more, and I recommend this TO YOU, whether you've read Anne's diary or not, or even if you haven't heard of my inspiration, her. Just walk into reading this play with a huge smile, because you'll be left quivering and slowly dying of sadness and pathos inside.
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85 reviews8 followers
January 19, 2013
No one should take ones freedom or right to live because of their religion, nationality or ethnic background.
Such a tragic story but Anne Frank had never lost her hope, one of her last writing was 'In spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart.'

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55 reviews15 followers
May 30, 2020
The Diary of Anne Frank was a new genre that I never touched on before: Diary. The reading experience was extremely unique, but I came to detest the overall writing style. Although this was written in a time of tragedy, her writing is similar to a modern 13 year old's. We understand what she is explaining, but everything is dull; there aren't many metaphors, similes, or any writing tools. Personally, I found the adventure slightly interesting, especially the going into hiding in the Secret Annex and her personal feelings, but I would enjoy it much more if she could weave a little more 'pop' into her writing. I recommend this to anyone interested to the personal feelings of a Jew going through the holocaust. But for readers seeking for great writing, I wouldn't say this is the best piece.
8 reviews
September 21, 2008
I loved this book because of the well written format of this book. The story in this theatrical version is told so well that the reader can feel as if they are in the story themselves.
January 2, 2022
Gahhh it’s so hard to rate anything related to Anne Frank. The poor girl didn’t know her diary was going to be published, so I feel like it’s unfair to rate it?

Nevertheless, the play version of her diary definitely gives a better picture of the tension, fear, and boredom in hiding in the Annex from the Nazis. You get to know each person a little better, and I think it gives a broader perspective of their behaviors.
Profile Image for Alberony Martínez.
470 reviews34 followers
January 16, 2020
Releer este libro, muestra lo maravillosamente triste, pero en el fondo el agrado de la historia de la pequeña Ana, como así ella misma se describe. Una historia verídica contada desde la perspectiva de una víctima de su tiempo, que con una asombrosa la fuerza y madurez relata su vida hasta convertirse en adolescente.

Tras la invasión de Holanda, los Frank, comerciantes judíos emigraron a Ámsterdam en 1933, en pequeña buhardilla anexa a un edificio logran ocultarse de la Gestapo, la policía secreta de la Alemania nazi. Ocho personas recluidas desde junio de 1942 hasta agosto de 1944, año en que fueron detenido y más luego traslado a los campos de concentración.

Leerlo o escucharlo nos trasporta a esos años de horror y barbarie nazi, lo desgarrarte que resultaron ser esos años, todo muy humano

Ana murió En el campo de Bergen-Belsen en marzo de 1945
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77 reviews1 follower
August 12, 2020
En mi opinión es un libro sobre valorado y en algunos aspectos aburrido. Aunque la historia de los judíos que vivieron el holocausto y la persecución de los alemanes durante la segunda guerra mundial cobra un valor incalculable en la historia de la humanidad, el hecho que no haya claridad si lo escribió en verdad Ana o su papá desvirtua si es una novela o un retrato histórico. De hecho cuando lo leí me dio la impresión que había sido escrito por dos personas diferentes.

Lo que vi muy interesente y doloroso al leerlo es la calidad de vida de ella y su familia durante su tiempo de escondite, las reflexiones que se hace frente a la oscuridad de la humanidad y las frases motivacionales que se escriben allí las cuales surgieron de vivir en la adversidad.

Te guste o no te guste este libro, es una lectura que todo el mundo debe hacer en algún momento de su vida.
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1,527 reviews40 followers
April 30, 2020
This is a play of Anne Frank's story. Read this with my granddaughter during COVID 19. It had been awhile since I read this. I was in high school like my granddaughter is now. It was very emotional. Then we looked up pictures of the attic. It was much larger than I thought. The museum is closed due to COVID 19. As Anne and the others were isolated, so are all of us.
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81 reviews21 followers
July 16, 2019
The diary of anne frank is a real diary written by a little Jewish girl who lived in hiding for two years with her family during world war 2.
Moving from a happy childhood to the fearful escape in an attic where her father used to work, because Hitler used to send the jews to concentration camps to die.
The diary was written from anne's heart and she described their lives in the attic, and it showed the emotional development that Anne went through reaching the age 14.

I enjoyed reading the bitter story, and i felt so sorry for anne and for all the 8 members whom their fate ended up by death either by gas, hunger or sickness.

Also, i have learned a lot about the Holocaust.

The story made me grateful for the life i have now, for the simplest joys of life such as having a toilet, being able to see the sun whenever i want and being able to get the proper education.

R.I.P Anne 💕
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8 reviews1 follower
May 5, 2021
why is peter a pedo 😚😚
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203 reviews4 followers
November 5, 2021

Read for school- Wasn’t actually that bad I just hate being forced to read.
Profile Image for Aranya Aranya.
11 reviews1 follower
February 18, 2020
One of those non fiction readings that compel you to empathize with the victims of the olden times and is sure to teach you how being grateful even during the worst of adversities helps re-establish hope and optimism, which is a mandate during every time in life, and especially during harsh and hopeless times.
Heartbreaking, yet beautifully written in a candid and innocent manner, by teenage Anne Frank, who later succumbed to an epidemic at the tender age of 16, desribes the events encountered by her and other Jews who had to go into hiding in order to survive from the Nazi Rule. She describes the suffering of common people who were targeted during world war II in a holistic manner by merely writing her diary.
Unknowingly, she represents a major part of history of those who fought for their rights and to regain freedom. She covers abundant subjects during the course of her writings that reflect the complex struggles of a teenager who has faced and lived through the unimaginable and exemplifies strength of character and grit. Her writing also wounds to be an eye opener about the inequalities and threats to life created by man himself.
Profile Image for Lindsey.
450 reviews
February 23, 2009
I went through a phase in middle school (like many kids that age) where I read a lot of books about the Holocaust. "Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl" was one of those, and I remember liking it, but it somehow didn't resonate as much of some of the others. I don't completely remember why, but I know at least part of it was feeling like there were too many tangents, and I just wanted to find out what happened to Anne and her family--in other words, the basic fact that it was a diary got in the way for me. At the school I'm at now, the 8th-grade textbook includes a copy of this play adaptation from the 1950s. After just finishing it, I can not only see why it won a Pulitzer prize, but I wish I would have discovered this version when I was younger. Because it's an interpretation made for the stage, it cuts out many of the slower sections, creates more of a dialogue between the characters, and frames the whole story as a flashback from the perspective of Mr. Frank as he's reading Anne's diary for the first time after returning to the secret annex. In other words, the structure highlighted the amazing story, rather than (in my opinion) encumbering it. We were able to read much of it aloud as a class, which got the kids more engaged, and the ending is even more heartbreaking because we're sharing the awful dramatic irony of the situation with Mr. Frank as he reads the entries. I definitely recommend this play and plan to teach this version in the future whenever I have the option.
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538 reviews8 followers
September 29, 2010
This is a two act play first presented in Cort Theatre, New York, New York on October 5, 1955. The husband-and-wife authors of this book dramatized Anne Frank's story based on the book Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl.

Simply a tender dramatic composition. I was picturing myself in the audience of this play. I kept myself alert and focused. I wanted all my senses functioning. This book delivered. I saw and felt much... fear, anxiety, hope, laughter, innocence, loyalty, desires, friendship, tolerance, madness, humanity, and so forth. A bitter sweet taste of what would be found in the book it's based on --a young girl's memoir of her days of hiding from the Nazis in World War II. Moreover, this play was successful in bearing one of Anne's last observations in her diary: "In spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart.". For the most part, Anne's smiling spirit was showcased.

Anne's story doesn't get old and continues to be heartwarming. But don't worry, this was tenderly written so you'll only need one tissue ... maybe a Brawn kind of paper towel for some.

One day I'll read Anne's book. I'm just not ready right now ... no paper towels in the house.

**Find this review and more at Jinky is reading

Profile Image for Katherine Wren.
554 reviews19 followers
February 7, 2020
Always one of my favorites. Every year that I teach this play I get something more from it. I understand something more about the characters, about their portrayals, about Anne's maturity over the course of the play, about their constant and nagging worry... Every year after finishing the play I go home and keep silence for the rest of the day because it is absolutely devastating to commit myself so fully to being a memory keeper of Anne's story and of the tragic events of the Holocaust. 8th grade students always have a staggering amount of questions and outrage after finishing this play. But as important as it is to explore the valleys of our past, I can't leave my students there. I have to find a way to pull them back up to more level emotional ground. That gets harder for me to do each year as we have more neo-Nazi visibility, more religious-based hate crimes, and internment on our own boarders.
Anne's story and her words are just as relevant for us Americans today as they were for the world when she wrote them so many decades ago.
7 reviews1 follower
January 13, 2020
Me parece un libro profundo , triste , pero bonito . Tiene unas grandes reflexiones que te hacen ver lo privilegiado que eres , como era la dura vida de los judíos en aquella época . Cuando lo leí me hizo sentir muchas cosas , o o una niña de 13 años en plena adolescencia vivía esa situación y como la sobrellevaba Etc Además es un libro muy especial para mi ya que la lectura nunca me llamo especialmente la atención , si que leía pero no lo suficiente y era a causa de que siempre leía el mismo genero , pero para aquellos que no les gusta o no leen mucho , la lectura le gusta a todo el mundo solo que todavía no habéis encontrado vuestro genero favorito . A mi especialmente me gusta mucho la tragedia ya que te hacen reflexionar y te hacen sentir cosas muy especiales , ademas este libro fue el primer libro en el que he llorado .
57 reviews
August 30, 2011
The Diary of Anne Frank,one of the most tragic books I have ever read. Starting from a good childhood life to a fearful escape, Anne Frank experiences the holocaust that was led by World War 2. Her tragic moments were the most devastating times of her life causing her to create this Diary Documentary about her feelings, her experiences, and etc. This diary documentary truly inspires many, as it represents how society rolls today. Each page was like a life-lesson or a theme that had to be read. In future references, I do hope that the world understands that genocide is caused by the hatred of one ethnicity.
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373 reviews3 followers
October 6, 2011
Overall, this play just makes me sad. I think it's a good representation of what took place in the Secret Annex based on Anne's diary, but the reality of the situation saddens me. I wonder what a girl like Anne, who as a 13 year old wrote a diary that has been published around the world, could have accomplished as an adult. I don't like seeing the reality of the characters of the Van Daans and Dussel, but I very much like seeing the heroism of the characters, Mr. Frank, Mr. Kraler, and Miep. So having both together makes it very realistic. This play does what it's intended to do - cause one to ponder the events of the past in order to better the future.
July 24, 2020
Read in English class at school (in January).

Reading this was pretty cool because my teacher assigned us the different parts, and let us act it out. It made it feel more real. It also makes me want to read her actual diary now.
March 5, 2019
It really takes you into her mind, everything she was thinking about what she was going through. It felt like reading letters from a long distance friend.
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17 reviews3 followers
May 2, 2017
The Diary of Anne Frank is a play by Frances Goodrich, and brings Anne's diary to life. Anne is thirteen when her diary begins in 1942, and she tells of what her experience was like being Jewish - and being in hiding - during World War II. Through the play, we see Anne's expeience in hiding, and how it affects her, her family members, and the other Jewish people in hiding with them. Although she and the others in hiding experience great hardship and distress, the play still shows how life pervails, even in a secret attic, and how indomitable the human spirit truly is. The Diary of Anne Frank gives hope to audiences, but doesn't spare them from the horrors of World War II and Anne's tragic fate.

I chose this play for my unit on conflict/struggle because of what a fantastic figure Anne Frank is for students who may be experiencing great conflicts and struggles in their own lives. Even though none of my students will be able to relate with Anne's experience exactly, my hope is that they can find her experience relatable, and remind them that - with what they're going through in their own lives - they're not alone. I also chose this play because of how personal it is with Anne's character in particular, and how it reveals how she got through her struggles without losing hope - up till the diary reaches a sudden end. This play has various types of conflict, among them Man vs. Self, Man vs. Man, and Man vs. Society. The strategy that I would want to use with students while reading this play would be "Most Important Word" from Beers, Chapter 8. This strategy asks students to find the most important word from a text, and provide the quote where they found their word. Students can then talk about their most important word, either in groups (which I would start with) or as a class (which I would end with). Students also fill out important plot information, such as the names of characters, the conflict (which we will focus on during discussion), main plot points, the setting, and the theme. I like that this strategy specifically asks kids to talk about the conflict of the story. I'm thinking that I can probably see if I can get students to make connectiosn between their "most important words" and the conflict of the story.
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17 reviews
May 2, 2017
This text is the play version of The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank, a written account of a young girl in the form of a diary (she called "Kitty" and often addresses as such with every diary entry) who successfully, painstakingly hid for two years with her family during the Nazi occupation in what was called the Secret Annex. Along with her family, the Franks, the van Pels also hid in the Secret Annex. I would incorporate this play into a Holocaust unit read in class together with students assigned characters with lines to read in hopes that the story of Anne Frank would come all the more alive even years later. This text would link with my overarching theme of identity by leading students to think about what will remain to still define them when everything external is stripped away in light of a time period like the Holocaust that may impact millions of lives. I would teach the context of the Holocaust first, however, so students better understand the implications of Frank and company's experiences relayed in a more manageable play form. I would lead students into the strategy called "Why Should I Care?" in the second chapter of Kelly Gallagher's Write Like This by having each day begin with a news article or video (at their reading level - from Newsela, for example) that sheds insight on what is occurring in the world today that looks like history repeating itself (ex. North Korea concentration camps) and conclude with making connections between the current event and how Anne Frank and those in the Secret Annex may have experienced the Holocaust in hiding. Essentially, they will be asked to make consider the importance of such topics in their own lives as they are constantly internalizing different factors that help define them whether at school, home, and wherever they are. Students can also make connections within the play between the dialogue spoken of the times in the past (before the Holocaust) and after, in light of what still factors into individual identities as represented in the text.
17 reviews2 followers
May 7, 2017
This is the stage adaptation of the original story The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank, which follows Anne Frank and her family through Nazi occupation of the Netherlands. Anne and her family go into hiding with another Jewish family after her sister is summoned to a Nazi work camp, and she details their loving, nerve-wrecking, and disturbing history. Her attempt to live normally in a society that despises her and her family leaves her and her family in a Man vs Society conflict. As the Netherlands adjusted to German occupation, they adopted Nazi idealisms that led to Anne’s eventual demise in a camp. Students will not be able to relate to this type of suffering, but other moments in the play make Anne an empathetic, relatable character. Anne is middle school age, having crushes, fights with her sister, and regular family drama within the context of an irregular, horrid period of history. Students can become attached and feel for Anne’s struggles, making acting out the story as powerful as reading it. The darker, historical contexts are what ground this story in a Man vs. Society conflict, making it essential to pair this story with Gallagher’s “That is Disturbing!” strategy. Moments in the play reflect period attitudes and situations that can be uncomfortable to read or listen to. This strategy allows students to research a moment and reflect on what makes it disturbing, which mostly is the violent relations between the Nazis and Jewish people of the time. Students can gain both a historical understanding and respect for the endurance of Holocaust victims and survivors.
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21 reviews
May 2, 2017
This version of The Diary of Anne Frank allows students to engage in the text in a way that is different than just reading it to themselves individually. By acting or reading it aloud, this already powerful story of a young Jewish girl living in hiding during Hitler’s reign in Germany, is brought to life.
This story can serve as a way to talk about the pattern, or structure of plot. I think by listening to certain scenes read aloud, students will better understand the aspects of rising action and climax because these moments will be reflected in the reader’s voice. I would have students fill in a plot graphic in order to see that they understand which parts of the play fit into which part of plot structure.
After reading the play, I would use Gallagher’s strategy of “Burning Questions.” The Holocaust is something students often have a lot of questions about, so I think this strategy would be useful here. Working together as a class, students would brainstorm a list of questions about The Diary of Anne Frank. Then, in groups, they would choose one question (approved by me) that no other group already has. They will then research that question and record their findings. Later, each group would inform the class on what they found.
20 reviews1 follower
May 2, 2017
Lauren Fariss:

"Diary of Anne Frank: the play" is a great text to use with middle school students when learning about the Holocaust. The play is easier to read than the novel, and also allows students to practice reading aloud and taking on the roles of different characters.

I would relate this text to the study of identity, by asking students to think about how our individual experiences can shape our sense of identity. I would have students look at the life experiences of Anne Frank in the novel and then examine the ways in which they must have shaped who she was. I would ask students to read aloud the play and practice taking on different perspectives and using voice. I may ask students to try role-playing and write letters from the perspective of Anne Frank or other characters in the play (Spandel 152).

I would also use this text as a lead-in to using the strategy "Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life" (Gallagher 27). I would ask students to create a list of their own experiences (including the good experiences and obstacles they have faced) that have shaped their sense of identity.
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