Saturday, March 11, 2017

Reading Period 19: March 10-16: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

Due dates:
Quiz: Monday March 13
Assignments: Wednesday March 15

Long Read: The Diary of a Young Girl, Sunday 14 June 1942 - Monday 26 July 1943

Creative Assignment: 

In the early days of the diary, Anne Frank is in school. She gets in a lot of trouble for talking out of turn, and has to write several punishment essays, titled "A Chatterbox" and then "An Incurable Chatterbox" and then "Quack, Quack, Quack says Mrs. Natterbeak." Pretend that you frequently get in trouble for talking in class. For some of you, this will not be a difficult stretch. Imagine that you have been given the assignment to write an essay called "A Chatterbox" as punishment. What would you write? Write 250 words in your own voice.


While we read Anne Frank's diary, set in the Netherlands, we're going to be studying some Dutch artists. This week, I'd like you to work through all of this Khan Academy set of videos and articles, about Rembrandt, Vermeer, and a few other Dutch artists from the Baroque period. When you're finished with it, create your own copy of one of Rembrandt or Vermeer's most famous works:

The Night Watch by Rembrandt

Girl with a Pearl Earring by Vermeer
If you pick the Rembrandt, you can copy just one piece of it if that makes it easier -- the video may show you certain figures to focus on. Either way, do watch the Khan Academy video about the piece, which shows each one in a museum context and gives some close-ups and commentaries.

Writing Assignment: 

Work through the introductory lesson on the web site of the Anne Frank house. At the end of this lesson, after watching a short video, you will have put together a timeline that connects events in Anne Frank's life with world events going on in World War II. When you have finished the lesson, write a 250 word essay in which you explain what was happening in the world that led up to the Frank family going into hiding. You can use this timeline to help you as well. Your essay should serve as background information for the diary, and bring the reader "up to date" on world events up to June 1942 when the diary begins. You can talk about when the Franks moved from Germany to the Netherlands, which was at the same time that Hitler rose to power in Germany. This Wikipedia page will also be helpful (The Netherlands in WWII) but please visit it with a parent.


One of the things that makes Anne Frank's diary such a beautiful, moving piece of work is the honesty that Anne gives us in her entries. Sometimes her very confessions of feelings toward her family members are almost uncomfortably personal. Take a look at, for example, Saturday, 30 January, 1943; Saturday, 7 November, 1942; Monday, 28 September, 1942. These deeply personal confessions are what makes Anne a character we can relate to so easily, and they bring her story of the events of the "Secret Annexe" to life. But would we be brave enough to share such private thoughts if we knew our diaries were going to be published? Do you think it is fair to Anne that we are reading her private thoughts? Choose one of these entries and write a 250 word essay about it. In the essay, summarize Anne's confession, and answer the question: is it fair to Anne that her words, written in the heat of the moment, and only for her own private diary, should be read by strangers?


1. In what city does Anne Frank live?
2. Where does Anne Frank go to school, before the family goes into hiding?
3. What is the main function of building that holds the "Secret Annexe"?
4. List the members of the Frank family along with one word to describe each one.
5. List the members of the Van Daan family along with one word to describe each one.
6. List two of the helpers who bring the Frank family food and supplies.
7. How do the Franks get their news?
8. What is a ration card?
9. With what person does Anne share a bedroom?
10. Why is Anne going without shoes?

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