Slice of Life Tuesday: Honoring Anne Frank

 

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Anne Frank would have been 88 yesterday.  We took some time to remember her life, and re read her words.  We  spent time looking at photographs of  Anne, noting her clear eyed and steady gaze, her gentle and somewhat mischievous smile.  And we paid a virtual visit to the secret annex – known today as the Anne Frank House.  Then, we wrote Anne to tell her spirit that she still lives within the best of each of us, and that we hope to honor her memory by living in a way that would live up to her hopes for humanity and the world it inhabits.

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Some of what we wrote….

Here is what your words mean to me – even though one may lose something when giving it to others, they do not become poor because they have given all they could and improved our world. You become richer by giving, and you grow a little each time.  It’s important that the world knows this.  I think that if everybody in the world gave, we would have a little less hate and war and sadness.

Although you went through extremely hard times, you still managed to see the good in people.  Everyone should learn that even through dark times, a light will always shine through.  If we believe the world is beautiful, maybe we can make it beautiful…We can make the world a better place if we would only try. ~ Elena

That single candle was you, you defied and defined the Holocaust.  ~ Amelia

Everybody could improve the world.  Even in times without hope, you believed that hate wasn’t the answer, and your spirit never ceased to be fun and outgoing.  You were optimistic, and even in darkness you were able to see light.  You were able to improve the world in your own way – with your diary that taught people important lessons about love and seeing the good in people. ~ Liza

What you said really taught me something: you can define your own life.  Even if something is bad, you can choose not to let it bring you down. You can be the candle in the darkness that is hate and fear. ~ Robbie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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17 thoughts on “Slice of Life Tuesday: Honoring Anne Frank

  1. This from Elena, “Everyone should learn that even through dark times, a light will always shine through. If we believe the world is beautiful, maybe we can make it beautiful…” make me believe in the goodness of our children and hope for our world.

  2. Your students took her message to heart and I know that was only because they have a teacher who guided them in understanding.
    FYI: Ralph Fletcher said some very complimentary things about you and your teaching. I simply agreed that you were incredible.

  3. Thanks for teaching me about Anne Frank. I was struck by the line – She would have been 88 yesterday. I had never thought about her being 5 years older than my mother. I loved reading the quotes by your students. What a powerful class period.

  4. Wow. Powerful writing and meaning. Awesome project. I haven’t taught Anne Frank in a few years…. will have to think about doing it again. I do remember having my students take the annex virtual tour. They loved exploring it! (Sidenote: you’ve seen the movie “The Fault in Our Stars”, right?… Hazel and August tour the annex when they go to Amsterdam.)

  5. Your students have seen such beauty in Anne. This work will stay close to their hearts. It develops who they are as humans. Beautiful teaching. Beautiful teacher.

  6. I so like that in the midst of end of year and summer approaching slices you wrote about Anne Frank. Your student writing shows that they are caring thinkers.

  7. I marvel at the work you and your students do and now here at the end f the school year as so many others have rolled up the rugs, you and your students continue to remind us of the immense value of learning. Elena knocked my blinders off:

    “…Everyone should learn that even through dark times, a light will always shine through. If we believe the world is beautiful, maybe we can make it beautiful…We can make the world a better place if we would only try. ~ Elena”

    Wow.

  8. Tara, I have often read your posts and thought wow- I want to be one of her sixth graders. The opportunities you create for those kiddos often amaze me. I love that Ralph Fetcher is singing your praises!

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