Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl

Thanks, Beth Wooley, for a lovely booktalk about Anne.

Frank, A. (1952).  Anne Frank: The diary of a young girl. New York: Doubleday.
Creating Journal EntryTake a moment and think back to your thirteenth birthday.  How did you get to spend your day? 
Now take a moment and try to imagine your birthday not being able to spend it with your friends having fun but with your family in hiding. 
Thirteen year old Anne Frank lived her life for two years in hiding with her family and another family.  The take over of the Netherlands started a new life for Anne of seclusion and constant worry.  She could no longer go to school, see her friends or develop crushes on boys.  If she were caught out and about, she and her family would be transported to the concentration camps with rest of the Jews.  Could you imagine not being able to live your life the way you want to or were raised to?  Her teenage years now consisted of war, awaiting her freedom.  Her parents listened to the radio daily hoping to hear of some change in the war.  Some days it was as if the end was around the corner until they would learn of the German advances.  Anne wrote in her diary everyday, telling the people who would someday read it, about the trials and tribulations of her life.  Everything always seems to start out okay, but as time passes it is as if you have to grow up way too fast.  How did Anne’s life change?  How did she grow as a person listening to the war?  Explore the journey with Anne as she takes one day at a time through the German take over of the Netherlands and her life.  War is an ugly event that is almost never fully revealed.

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