Friday, March 24, 2017

Reading Period 21: March 24-30: Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

Long Read: 

Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank, through August 1, 1944.


Anne Frank's poem written in a friend's album:

‘Dear Eva,
Share your joy with many,
fun and pleasure with everyone,
your sorrow with only a few,
and with those you love your heart.
In memory of your friend
Anne Frank’

Watch this paint marbling video featuring the works of Vincent Van Gogh. We're going to be working on a marbling project in class:

Creative Assignments:

The last Dutch artist we're going to study is Vincent Van Gogh. Take a look at this painting by Van Gogh, Bedroom in Arles:

Here's a link to a larger version. Now read this note, written by Van Gogh to his brother, about the painting:

My eyes are still tired by then I had a new idea in my head and here is the sketch of it. Another size 30 canvas. This time it's just simply my bedroom, only here colour is to do everything, and giving by its simplification a grander style to things, is to be suggestive here of rest or of sleep in general. In a word, looking at the picture ought to rest the brain, or rather the imagination.The walls are pale violet. The floor is of red tiles.
The wood of the bed and chairs is the yellow of fresh butter, the sheets and pillows very light greenish-citron.
The coverlet scarlet. The window green.
The toilet table orange, the basin blue.
The doors lilac.
And that is all--there is nothing in this room with its closed shutters.
The broad lines of the furniture again must express inviolable rest. Portraits on the walls, and a mirror and a towel and some clothes.
The frame--as there is no white in the picture--will be white.
This by way of revenge for the enforced rest I was obliged to take.
I shall work on it again all day, but you see how simple the conception is. The shadows and the cast shadows are suppressed; it is painted in free flat tints like the Japanese prints. It is going to be a contrast to, for instance, the Tarascon diligence and the night café.
Your assignment is to create a colorful picture of a room in your house, like Bedroom in Arles, along with a note to describe it, naming each color used. Use the coolest color words you can, like "citron" and "scarlet."


Miep Gies as an older lady. She died in 2009.
Write a poem about the helpers in the book. Write to thank them for being brave, write to say how their actions inspire people, write to honor their fear and their doubts, and write to keep their place in history alive. Choose a central image for your poem -- maybe the "Happy Pentacost" cake or the strawberry canning, the radio they used to get their news, or a blackout curtain. Your poem does not have to rhyme or have a regular meter. Here are the main ones -- you can choose one or all:

Miep Gies – Secretary to Otto Frank
Bep Voskuijl – Secretary to Otto Frank
Jo Kleiman -- Accountant
Victor Kugler -- Employee

Writing Assignments:

We discussed in class how Anne's diary was meant to be private, and she wrote things in the diary that she wouldn't have written for public consumption. However, her father decided to publish it, and that's how we have access to it today. When we post things on Facebook or other social media, often those words are sanitized to make everything seem great, uncomplicated, but in a private diary, where we can be more "real," we may decide to release some darker thoughts or secrets. Your assignment is to write about the difference between public and private speech. You may either write this as a personal essay, in which you talk about your own experiences and the things you choose to say privately or publicly, and how you protect your words, OR you may write this as a persuasive essay in which you pick a side and argue that Anne's father was right or wrong in his decisions to edit and publish her diary.


Instead of a quiz, write an essay including as many homophones as you can. For a topic, take the idea that you are two people -- one in public in everyday life, and one in the private space in your head. For inspiration and direction, take the last entry in Anne's diary. Your essay can be serious or funny. Since Google+ won't let you format your post with italics or bold, I recommend writing this in Google Docs, bolding or italicizing all your homophones, and then giving us a shareable link.

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