Informational texts to accompany Anne Frank's Diary of a Young Girl
The Diary of a Young Girl represents the private thoughts and notes of Anne Frank, a young teenage girl hiding with her family from the Nazis in Amsterdam in the 1940s. After two years of hiding, Nazis discovered Anne Frank and her family, and she left behind her diary and loose notes. Friends of the family collected these notes and gave them to Otto Frank, Anne's father and the only surviving member of the Frank family, following World War II. Otto Frank edited and published his daughter's diary in 1947. The memoir has since been translated into 67 languages and sold more than 30 million copies — making it one of the best selling books of all time.
Additional Reading Practice
- Naomi Shihab Nye and the Power of Stories (Grades 6-8; CCSS.CCRA.R.5)
- Destroying a Culture (Grades 9-10; CCSS.CCRA.R.4)
- France Considers Reparations for Holocaust Survivors in US (Grades 9-10; CCSS.CCRA.R.4)
- After Expelling Jews in 1492, Spain Considers Inviting Them Back (Grades 11-12; CCSS.CCRA.R.1)
- Sandy Hook Tattoos, More Than Skin Deep (Grades 11-12; CCSS.CCRA.R.1)
Applied Reading and Writing Lessons
- Malala Yousafzai: A Girl with a Voice (Grade 7; CCSS.RI.7.9; CCSS.W.7.1)
- Muslim Children Join Their Parents in Fasting for Ramadan (Grade 8; CCSS.RI.8.2; CCSS.W.8.1)
- The Recession's Unexpected Gift: Reviving Multigenerational Living (Grade 9; CCSS.RI.9-10.2; CCSS.W.9-10.1)
- "See You on the Other Side!" (Grade 10; CCSS.RI.9-10.2; CCSS.W.9-10.1)
- Homeward Bound (Grade 11; CCSS.RL.11-12.2; CCSS.W.11-12.1)
- Multiday Writing: The Party (Grade 12; CCSS.RL.11-12.3; CCSS.W.11-12.3)
Differentiated Lesson Sets for Grades 4-12
- Social Responsibility: How do individuals stand up and take responsibility for changing their societies?
- Cultural Memoirs: How does culture help shape the people we become?
- Growing Up: How do authors convey themes about important moments of change in their lives to their readers?
- World War II: How prepared was the United States to fight World War II on two fronts?
- Personal Identity: How is our identity shaped by how others perceive us?
- Family History: How do family and traditions contribute to your identity?