This is a culminating project to be used after reading The Diary of a Young Girl, by Anne Frank. It requires that students and teacher have a basic working knowledge of Thinking Maps. Students are given six choices of Thinking Map assignments, each focusing on a different aspect of the Diary. They are to choose and complete four of these maps. Students are then assigned an essay based on one of the completed maps. Over the years, I have done this as a homework assignment, an in-class assignment, and a mixture of both - and have always been pleased with how the creation of the Thinking Map packet encourages the students to write a thoughtful, insightful essay. I have included an assignment sheet for students, a Power Point lesson introducing the project and explaining each Thinking Map choice, a second Power Point lesson reviewing how each map might be used as the springboard for an essay (and some general essay guidelines) and a page of suggestions on implementation for the teacher.