Friday, March 17, 2017

Reading Period 20: March 17-23: Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

Due dates:
Quiz: Monday, March 20
Assignments: Wednesday, March 22

Long Read: Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank: Thursday, July 29, 1943 to Wednesday, March 22, 1944.


what if a much of a which of a wind
by e.e. cummings

what if a much of a which of a wind
gives the truth to summer’s lie;
bloodies with dizzying leaves the sun
and yanks immortal stars awry?
Blow king to beggar and queen to seem
(blow friend to fiend:blow space to time)
—when skies are hanged and oceans drowned,
the single secret will still be man

what if a keen of a lean wind flays
screaming hills with sleet and snow:
strangles valleys by ropes of thing
and stifles forests in white ago?
Blow hope to terror;blow seeing to blind
(blow pity to envy and soul to mind)
—whose hearts are mountains,roots are trees,
it’s they shall cry hello to the spring

what if a dawn of a doom of a dream
bites this universe in two,
peels forever out of his grave
and sprinkles nowhere with me and you?
Blow soon to never and never to twice
(blow life to isn’t:blow death to was)
—all nothing’s only our hugest home;
the most who die,the more we live

Creative Assignment

Parts of this section contain Anne's descriptions of her "ordinary days." She breaks it into parts of the day, and delivers incredible detail of the life in hiding and all the mechanics of the hardship she experiences. Pretend you are writing a diary entry explaining your average, normal day to a stranger from the future who wants to understand your habits and the factual details of life in 2017. Write a descriptive essay of 250 words in which you give, in detail, every moment of your day. If you can, write just about your morning, or evening routine. Include as many vivid details as you can, so your reader can really picture the experience.


Read this article about Dutch artist Piet Mondrian, and learn about his belief that abstraction could portray reality better than realism. Then create your own composition in the style of Mondrian. You must use color, but you can use a digital medium. Along with your composition must come a description of the real thing that you're portraying.

"Broadway Boogie Woogie" 
"Still Life with Ginger Pot II"
"Composition with Large Red Plane, Yellow, Black, Grey and Blue"

Writing Assignment:

Explore this representation of Anne Frank's "secret annexe." Anne herself said she sometimes felt guilty about feeling sorry for herself because others had it far worse than she did. At times she was very cheerful about her hiding place, and at times she hated it. Write an essay about the conflicting feelings Anne experienced, using at least three quotes from the text to support your points. You could find one quote where she's making the best of it and being cheerful, one quote where she is feeling uncomfortable and confined, for example. Use quotation marks to show where you're quoting directly from Anne's diary, and write a 250 word essay about her attitude toward the hiding place.


Anne says, "If you were to read all my letters in one sitting, you'd be struck by the fact that they were written in a variety of moods." How would you describe the tone of Anne's diary? From what specific language does that tone originate? Write a 250 word essay in which you analyze the tone using at least three quotes from the book to support your points. Maybe your idea is that the tone is constantly changing. You may find three quotes that illustrate three different tones. Maybe your idea is that the tone is very emotional. You might find three different quotes. Each quote needs its own paragraph to set it up and then explain it, and you'll need an introduction and conclusion to help the reader understand your main idea.


1. Choose a quote that shows Anne's attitude toward her mother.
2. Choose a quote that shows Anne's attitude toward her father.
3. Choose a quote that shows Anne's attitude toward Dussel.
4. Choose any other quote that demonstrates Anne's feelings about another person, and give the character and the quote.
5. What author is Anne's father so amused by?
6. After the news of Italy's surrender, what three songs were played on the radio? (Sept 10, 1943)
7. What did Mrs. Van Daan have to sell, that made her so furious?
8. What happened to Anne's fountain pen?
9. Why does Anne call her mother "Momsy" or "Moms" instead of Mom?
10. What might the Germans do to Holland to defend it, if the British invade?

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