In this Guided Reading Packet, as a pre-reading activity, students will use
teacher given internet sites to learn about Anne Frank and a small part of
World War II’s history.
This picture book focuses on a Horse Chestnut Tree that stood near the
factory where Anne Frank’s family spent time before, and during World
War II. “The tree stood vigil” over Anne and her family, watching,
wondering, and feeling as it looked through Anne Frank’s Window for four
years. Students will learn what the tree saw. They will begin to understand
how a tree, through the author’s eyes, can have human qualities.
This tree was referred to in Anne Frank’s Diary. Its saplings have been
planted around the world to promote peace and tolerance.
I have written many post-reading activities that focus on beautiful language
through “Found Poetry,” and other pieces of writing.