Anne Frank, Holocaust Poem

Anne Frank, Holocaust Poem

Course(s)/Subject(s): English

Grade Level(s): 8

Key Words: Anne Frank, Holocaust Poem

Developer(s) Name: Barbara G. Smith

School: Lake Braddock Middle School

Attached Files: Wall of Remembrance

Approximate Time Frame: After reading the entire play The Diary of a Anne Frank, one 95 block period will be need to type the final copy of an original poem and review the on-line site, Students will select photos from this site to insert into the poem.

Materials/Equipment Needed: Computer lab with access to the Internet.

Description of Lesson (includes context): In English class, students will have viewed the documentary Anne Frank Remembered and read the play The Diary of Anne Frank. As a tribute to Anne’s memory, students will type their original poems and then visit the Anne Frank web site. At the web site, they will select one or two photos of Anne to insert into their poems.


1. What is the objective of this lesson?

FCPS POS Standards:
1. Students read and write a variety of forms.
2. Students use strategies to construct meaning when working with language.
3. Students adapt their language to communicate.
5. Students use language processes to acquire, organize and communicate information.
6. Students enjoy and appreciate language and literature.

FCPS POS Benchmarks: 8.1-1, 8.2-1, 8.3-1, 8.5-2, 8.6-1

FCPS POS Indicators: Make connections between the real world and the world as revealed in literature. Develop strategies for generating ideas. Write for a purpose. Reflect on ideas, content and purpose. Revise and edit the content for conventions of language. Revise word choice appropriate to audience, purpose, and form. Use words appropriate for audience and purpose. Use Internet to access and retrieve information. Explain how a literary selection can expand or enrich personal viewpoints or experiences.

VA SOL(s) (including Computer/Technology):
C/T8.1 (Integrate graphics into word-processed documents).
C/T8.2 (Use www communication systems.)
C/T8.3 (Show a basic understanding of computer processing, retrieval, etc.)
C/T8.4 (Use local and wide-area networks to access and retrieve information.


2. What will we examine as evidence of students’ knowledge and/or skill?

Product(s): Original poem with graphic




3. What exactly will the students and teacher do during the lesson?

Directions to students for proceeding with the lesson:

  1. Review the play, The Diary of Anne Frank, and then brainstorm Anne’s character traits. List examples from the play which support each trait. Create a free-verse poem that honors the memory of Anne Frank. Type your poem on the computer. Use the Tool Bar and choose the rectangle tool. Start in the upper left corner and drag the tool down to the lower right corner to create a border around the edge of your poem. Select “Arrange” and click on “go behind” so that your poem is framed with a border.

2. After the poem is “Saved” the next step will be to use Netscape and visit the Anne Frank web site, Read the various links at this site (Anne Frank, her Life and Times or Anne’s Story, and select a photo or two of Anne
to insert onto your poem. Select a photo, click and hold on the image and until the window pops up saying “Save this picture as”. From the menu at the top of the
screen, select “Edit” and “paste” the image onto your typed poem.

3. Use the mouse and drag your photo to an appropriate spot on the typed poem.

Directions to teacher/administrator using the lesson?

  1. Read several selections from I Never Saw Another Butterfly. This is a collection of poems written by children who were imprisoned at a concentration camp during World War II. These poems can be used as models for the students.

  2. Reserve the computer lab for one block (95 min.) or two regular periods.

  3. Demonstrate how to find a web site using a web address. Have all the students visit the Anne Frank web site before they begin typing their poems, so they know how to find it and what to look for.


4. What options in presentation(s) and/or response(s) are suggested in order to provide the opportunity for all students to demonstrate achievement of the benchmark(s) and indicator(s)?

I do not anticipate any problems. After students have seen several “model” poems and have completed their brainstorming, I feel sure that they will be able to write a tribute to Anne Frank. In the computer lab, the teacher will “walk” them through the process of visiting a particular web site and explain how to insert a photo into their typed draft. Everyone should be able to complete this assignment.