Anne Frank project teaches about history, tolerance


Using chalk to write on the concrete, eighth graders Avery Lovrien and Renata Duran compose a “tweet” from the perspective of Anne Frank.

Delaney Siggia, Chronicle Editor

     Throughout the past two months, Lisa Schroeder’s eighth grade language arts classes have read “The Diary of Anne Frank” and learned about World War II.
     The book taught emotional topics, such as empathy, understanding, and tolerance. It also included several academic standards including reading standards for non-fiction text and fiction and writing standards for narrative.
     “It was interesting to hear the story from a (Jewish person’s) point of view,” eighth grader Jenny Bender said.
     Mrs. Schroeder says that having her students see these events from the eyes of a girl who was about the same age as themselves helps them develop a better sense of empathy. It also educates them on events that occured during World War II and the Holocaust.
     “Any time we take time to learn about our past and history, we are arming ourselves with a powerful knowledge not to repeat our mistakes and continue to build upon our successes,” Mrs. Schroeder said.
     It is hoped that viewing the everyday life of a family heavily affected by World War II will help students have a better perspective of the events that took place.
     “I expect them to to have developed a sense of self-awareness, empathy, and appreciation for the sacrifices that were made, the endurance of the human spirit and the human condition,” Mrs. Schroeder said.
     To finish the unit, students will research an impactful historical figure from the World War II era, write six journal entries from their perspective as well as a research paper, and give a presentation to the class.
     “(The research project) combines all the information we learned throughout the year so we can use all our new skills,” Bender said.