Reflection: Unit Planning Anne Frank: a Young, Friendly, Hopeful Girl - Section 1: Creating the Purpose


I chose to add this book to our biography of important people unit because I had focused primarily on men who influenced the world. A few student saw this book on my shelf and began reading it independently and within the first few days shared what an impact she had on them. Along with this they came up with many questions about her life and what was happening at the time.

The war is not a part of our history standards, but seeing their interest gave me the idea to add it to this unit to continue to promote the variety of ways brave, helpful people have changed our world. This theme is the central idea of our classroom community building and carries over into our writing, history and social development lessons as well.

The book was difficult to read because its at a higher lexile level but I also brought in other books on the same topic, photos, maps and increased our shared discussions to ensure they all had a high level of comprehension.    

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Anne Frank: a Young, Friendly, Hopeful Girl

Unit 17: People Who Changed Our World
Lesson 6 of 11

Objective: SWBAT...explain the relationships or interactions between Anne Frank and her friends and family in her biography "The Diary of Anne Frank"

Big Idea: Friendships - either real or imaginary - give us a feeling of belonging and being loved. They bring hopefulness to our lives.

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