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The Best Sites To Learn About Anne Frank

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PBS will present a new version of The Diary Of Anne Frank on Holocaust Remembrance Day — April 11th.

You will be able to view the movie for free online between April 12 – May 11, 2010.

The site also offers an impressive Teacher’s Guide with lots of good ideas on how to teach about Anne Frank — with or without the movie.

The story of Anne Frank is an engaging one for English Language Learners and mainstream students alike. I’ve personally used the great film Anne B. Real for years in my ninth-grade English classes. It’s about an inner-city teenager who reads and re-reads the Diary. The Diary also plays a prominent role in The Freedom Writers movie. Students watching both movies were inspired to read the Diary itself.

With this new version, I thought it would be timely to list some other additional resources on Anne Frank.

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Here are my choices for The Best Sites To Learn About Anne Frank (that are also accessible to English Language Learners):

The Story Of Anne Frank is a “talking book” created by students.

The British newspaper The Guardian has  written about, and posted, a short video clip appearing on YouTube which shows a few seconds of Anne Frank.  It’s only a few seconds, but it will still be a valuable clip to show to show in the classroom.

Here are a series of online activities for ELL’s related to the release of that video.

Famous People Lessons has a site just for English Language Learners about Anne Frank.

A horse-chestnut tree in Amsterdam was a source of joy and inspiration to Anne Frank. There is an online Anne Frank Tree project where students can easily leave a virtual leaf sharing their thoughts on freedom, courage and giving (unfortunately, that tree was recently toppled in a storm).

Scholastic has a useful Internet Scavenger Hunt.

Here’s a short video of her biography.
Here’s a short, simple biography of Anne Frank.

Students can try this Anne Frank “Webquest” (which is more like a scavenger hunt).

CNN has some great videos about Anne Frank.

Anne Frank: Lessons in human rights and dignity is an incredible resource from Newspapers In Education.

The Secret Annex Online is a 3D interactive of Anne Frank’s hiding place during World War II. If you’re learning about Anne Frank in you class, this is a not-to-be-missed resource.

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum has a great interactive titled Anne Frank The Writer: An Unfinished Story. It provides audio support for the text.

Channel One has an interactive about Anne Frank.

The Anne Frank Timeline from Anne Frank’s House is impressive.

Here is the only moving image of Anne Frank.

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Author: Larry Ferlazzo

I'm a high school teacher in Sacramento, CA.

3 Comments

  1. These sites are excellent for enhancing the study of “The Diary of Anne Frank. “They are also helpful in the study of “Night” by Elie Weisel as well as many other Holocaust studies. For older students, a look at “Man’s Search for Meaning” by Victor Frankl is also an interesting resource to help promote higher thinking about the Holocaust. This poses questions that really help the students ponder hypothetical situations and put themsleves in the place of the victim. Of course, if possible, a trip to the Holocaust Museum in Washington D.C. is invaluable!

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