Beacon Lesson Plan Library

The Diary of Anne Frank

Catyn Coburn

Description

Students read The Diary of Anne Frank and determine whether or not this book should be a classic based on criteria given.

Objectives

The student understands why certain literary works are considered classics.

The student identifies universal themes prevalent in the literature of all cultures.

The student understands the different stylistic, thematic, and technical qualities present in the literature of different cultures and historical periods.

Materials

-Copies of The Diary of Anne Frank

Preparations

1. Gather the number of copies of the book needed.
2. Students should be familiar with the Socratic Method.

Procedures

Authentic Context:
You are a book reviewer for the New York Times. You have been asked to write a book review for The Diary of Anne Frank explaining whether you think it will or will not be considered a classic work of the twentieth century and why.

Knowledge and Skills:
The student will be able to understand the characteristics of a classic.

1. Teacher facilitates a discussion of the elements of a classic piece of literature based upon Webster's Dictionary definition, the works of Gilbert Higher (1976), J.A. Cuddon (1991), and M. Seymour-Smith (1998). Readings studied previously in class that formed prior knowledge for the students should also be used (Ausubel 1960, 1968).
2. Students read The Diary of Anne Frank to ascertain the elements that would qualify it as a classic piece of literature:
a. It is good enough to be used as a standard.
b. It has the quality of order.
c. It has the quality of harmony.
d. It has the quality of proportion.
e. It has the quality of balance.
f. It has the quality of discipline.
g. It has been determined that nothing can be taken away from it, or be added to it, without doing it some injury.
h. It has in it the style, rule, mode, convention, themes and sensibilities of the classical authors (Greek and Roman) and, by extension, their influence on and presence in the work of Anne Frank.
i. It is a book that -has changed or colored the way in which people, even whole nations - as well as individuals - think of themselves.-
j. It is a book that influences philosophy or thinking.
k. It is a book that is influenced by predecessors.
l. It is a book that influences readers.
m. It is a book that will influence books that are written after it (e.g., Zlata's Diary).
n. It is a book that has real influence, although it may not be written as well as other books (e.g., Seymour-Smith, 1998, states that a book called a classic has -real influence.- -1984 by George Orwell-, states M. Seymour-Smith,- is a classic,- though it is not as good as We by Eugeny Zamyatih, but it is better than Huxley's Brave New World; others may be more liked, as books by Fielding, George Eliot, and Dostoyevsky. Even Elitot's Middlemarch and Milton's Paradise Lost are both more admired than1984, but the latter two did not have the influence as did 1984.
3. Students engage in a Socratic Seminar to determine whether The Diary of Anne Frank qualifies as a classic as categorized by the charactristics or properties given in procedure #2 above.
4. Teacher goes over the assessment criteria given in the rubric prior to students doing the work.
5. Students write a persuasive essay or book review defending their choice of -classic- or -non-classic- status for The Diary of Anne Frank.

Assessments

Writing Rubric


Excellent......................................................................Not there yet
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Content - 30%
The main idea of each paragraph is stated in a strong topic sentence or thesis statement.
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There are enough specific details and examples to support the ideas presented in the assignment.
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The details are accurate and directly relate to the main idea.
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The conclusion is strong and relates to the main idea.
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The writing avoids any unnecessary words or sentences.
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The hypothesis of the paper is stated with main and minor inferences related to the definition of a -classic.-
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The discussion of this book as a -classic- contains references to the style, rule, mode, convention, themes and sensibilities of the classical authors of Greece and Rome.
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The discussion of this book as a -classic shows how it evolves from past writings and how it has influenced current writings of the late twentieth century.
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The discussion of this book shows how it has influenced the philosophy and thinking of others.
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Organization - 30%
The organization is clear.
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The ideas are presented in a logical order.
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Transitions are used where necessary to make ideas more coherent.
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The writer uses precise words and avoids cliches and repetitious phrases.
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The writer avoids run-on sentences or sentence fragments.
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There are a variety of sentence types - short and long, simple and complex.
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Subject-verb agreement or pronoun references are correct.
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Shifts in verb tense or point of view do not occur.
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Internal and end punctuation are used correctly.
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Spelling and capitalization are accurate.
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Self-Reflection - 10 %
What other twentieth century books do you feel should be considered a classic? Explain.

Extensions

Enhancement:
-Students watch the movie The Diary of Anne Frank.
-Holocaust survivors speak to the class about their experiences.
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