The Anne Frank Reading Project is designed with families and communities in mind. Whether you are already familiar with Anne’s words, or are joining the millions already inspired by her Diary, we hope that you find value in collectively reflecting on the Annex at this time of isolation.
This is a project that families and communities weathering isolation can do together. Newcomers to Anne Frank’s Diary will read the book fresh, while participants who know Anne’s story will be provided with external readings and videos selected to stimulate thought and discussion on key themes.
- Diary Readings:
- Begin book, stop at Wednesday, 14 October 1942
- Guiding Questions for First Time Readers
- Are you keeping a diary during social distancing? Why or why not?
- If you are keeping a diary for school, why do you think your teacher wants you to do this?
- Additional Material for First Time Readers:
- Anne, from Diarist to Icon – The Anne Frank House
- Guiding Questions for Repeat Readers:
- Why do people keep diaries?
- Anne had ambitions to become a writer. Could this have influenced the way in which she recorded her life?
- Have you considered keeping a diary during this time? Why or why not?
- Additional Material for Repeat Readers:
- Karein Goertz – Writing from the Secret Annex: The Case of Anne Frank – Michigan Quarterly Review
- Louis Menard – Woke Up This Morning: Why Do We Keep Diaries? – The New Yorker, 3 December 2007