Introduction to a Unit on Anne Frank

Introduction to a Unit on Anne Frank

Course(s)/Subject(s): English

Grade Level(s): 8

Key Words: Anne Frank, Holocaust, Technology

Developer(s) Name: Susan Kenny

School: Washington Irving Middle School

Approximate Time Frame: One or two forty-five minute class periods for research;two weeks for oral presentations.

Materials/Equipment Needed: Access to the school library and/or computer lab, audio- visual equipment.

Description of Lesson (includes context): This lesson is intended to be an introduction to a unit on Anne Frank. It will incorporate prior knowledge from 7th grade social studies and English as well as reinforce skills already covered in English 8. Students will choose from a teacher approved list of topics related to Anne Frank and the Holocaust. They will be required to give a three to five minute oral presentation on their topic. Students will use a variety of resources to research topics. These resources mayinclude encyclopedias, nonfiction books, CD-Rom sources and the Internet. Students will be required to provide a visual aid which they will explain in the course of their presentation. In addition to contributing suggestions for assessment criteria, they will engage in peer and self assessments.


  1. What is the objective of this lesson?

FCPS POS Standards: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

FCPS POS Benchmarks: 8.1-1, 8.1-2, 8.2-1, 8.2-2, 8.2-3, 8.3-1, 8.3-2, 8.3-3, 8.3- 4, 8.4-1, 8.5-2, 8.5-4, 8.6-2

FCPS POS Indicators: 8.1-1, bullet 4; 8.1-2, bullets 1, 5, 6; 8.2-1, bullets 3,4,5,6,7; 8.2-2 bullets 2,3,4,5,6,9; 8.2-3, bullet 4; 8.3-1, bullets 3,4; 8.3-2, bullets 1,5; 8.3-3, bullet 1; 8.3-4, bullets 1-6; 8.4-1, bullets 7-9; 8.5-2, bullets 1,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,12,13; 8.5-4, bullets 2,6,7,8,9,10; 8.6-2, bullets 2,4,5

VA SOL(s) (including Computer/Technology): C/T 8.1, C/T 8.4,


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  1. What will we examine as evidence of students' knowledge and/or skill?

Product(s): outline, research notes, note cards and bibliography

Performance(s): oral presentation using audio/visual aid



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

Directions to students for proceeding with the lesson:
1. Listen attentively to student presentations and take notes on important or striking
2. Ask questions about topics.

Directions to teacher/administrator using the lesson?
1. Reserve library and/or computer lab
2. Provide audio/visual equipment


  1. 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)?
  2. Presentation time may be decreased.
  3. Fewer bibliographical sources may be required.
  4. Group presentations may be accommodated.