This engaging and informative lesson helps students to understand the key features of the social and historical context of Anne Frank’s Diary, through learning about The Holocaust and Nazi-occupied Europe in the 1940s. Furthermore, students learn to identify and analyse features of context within specific sections of Anne Frank’s Diary - making appropriate links between text and context.
The lesson follows a step-by-step learning journey, in which children learn through:
-Understanding the key features of the Holocaust through watching and comprehending an informative (and age-appropriate) video;
- Reading and understanding extracts from the opening section of Anne Frank's Diary;
- Linking their understanding of social and historical context to what they read in the text;
- Analysing how the horrors of the Holocaust are evident through Anne's account of her family's experiences;
- Peer assessing each other's learning attempts.
- Whole lesson PowerPoint - colourful and comprehensive;
- Linking Text to Context Worksheet (and answer sheet);
- Selected extracts - The Diary of Anne Frank;
- Link to an engaging and informative video (you will need internet access to view);
- Essay Template
- Comprehensive lesson plan.
There are also opportunities for group learning, speaking and listening, peer assessment, and whole class discussion. I originally used these resources with a mixed-ability year 8 class, however colleagues have used them for between years 5 and 9 with minimal adaptations. Please note that internet access/ use of research mechanisms is required for the introduction task.
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