This resource is a collection of 9 activities shown on a “choice board” designed in a tic-tac-toe format. How the classroom teacher decides to use the choice board is up to him or her; students could be assigned to complete 3 in any direction, or even all 9 over the course of the unit. I have also included the nine activities in an unnumbered format so that they can be used without the choice board. Most of the activities can be completed even if students have not read The Diary of Anne Frank, but they should at least have read or be encouraged to read some excerpts.
The nine activities included in this resource are:
1. Research Activity - The German Invasion of Holland (the Netherlands): students complete a one page organizer using online resources:
2. Diaries, Biographies, and Memoirs: A writing activity in which students describe the difference between diaries, biographies, and memoirs. Includes a writing prompt asking whose diary, biography, or memoir they would like to read and why;
3. Anne’s Childhood and Her Family: Students research Anne’s childhood and her relationship with family members, also includes an opinion question;
4. Website Evaluation: Students evaluate the website www.annefrank.org - four questions that are subjective in nature;
5. Anne’s Diary: Before and After You Read. Students should have read at least some excerpts from the diary to complete this activity;
6. Adolf Hitler Organizer: Students complete a one-page organizer about Hitler - includes some vocabulary terms as well;
7. The Secret Annex: A writing activity in which students research facts about the Annex and express their opinions about what it would have been like to live there;
8. Words within Words Puzzle: students find words within the phrase “The Secret Annex” - two clues are provided for a couple of longer words;
9. Interviewing Anne Frank: students create 5 questions with topics provided that they would ask Anne if she were alive today.
Activities #1, 2, 3, 6, 7, and 8 include Answer Keys.
This resource complements my resource “5 Days with Anne Frank” (which consists of four informational texts, a multiple choice test, and a word use activity); the resource can be seen here:
5 Days with Anne Frank
The Choice Board and the Biographical Unit are also offered as a bundle at a discounted price which can be seen here: Anne Frank Bundle of 2 Resources
I also offer six of these activities in two smaller resources in my store and they can be seen here:
Anne Frank 4 Activities
Anne Frank 3 Activities
I also have a unit that would be perfect follow up to 5 Days with Anne Frank or as a stand alone resource that would be great to use after students finish reading the diary:
Anne Frank’s Diary its History and Legacy
Looking for a resource for younger students? Please have a look at:
Anne Frank Her Life and Times Grades 4-6