Anne
Frank
Jews
GREEN POLICE
Peter Van Daan
The Diary of Anne Frank
1943
Nazis
hirteen Years Old
THE ANNEX
Bookends
Frances and Goodrich start the play with Mr.
Frank after the war, then zoom in on his
family’s time in the hidden annex, then
finish with Mr. Frank after the war – like a
pair of bookends.
What kind of effect does this have? What is
it like to know a little of what happened to
Mr. Frank before we read the story? What is
it like to know who survives & who doesn’t?
Anne
Frank
Jews
GREEN POLICE
Peter Van Daan
The Diary of Anne Frank
1943
Nazis
hirteen Years Old
THE ANNEX
Grief
Grief
Imagine you were Otto Frank there in the
room, seeing your families things. All the
memories. So many memories. What would
be going through your mind and emotions?
What would you be feeling to tell Miep to
burn everything, to get rid of it all?
Anne
Frank
Jews
GREEN POLICE
Peter Van Daan
The Diary of Anne Frank
1943
Nazis
hirteen Years Old
THE ANNEX
Sharing
The Franks share everything in the Annex
with the Van Daans. How would you feel
doing that? Is it difficult to share? Would it
make it easier if you knew that, out in the
city, the people might be captured by the
Nazis? And would it be difficult to want to
let more people in? Why/why not?
Anne
Frank
Jews
GREEN POLICE
Peter Van Daan
The Diary of Anne Frank
1943
Nazis
hirteen Years Old
THE ANNEX
Labels
How would you feel if society was allowed to
and encouraged to label you a certain way?
Has anyone ever labeled you something?
What was that experience like? What has it
been like to see other people labeled certain
words? What do you think about the people
using the labels? What if it was the law that
you be labeled so that everyone could know
what you were?
Anne
Frank
Jews
GREEN POLICE
Peter Van Daan
The Diary of Anne Frank
1943
Nazis
hirteen Years Old
THE ANNEX
Locked Up
When they went into hiding, Anne said she
was going to pretend and imagine they were
living in a summer vacation house. She had
the knack of using her imagination to feel
better about her situation.
If you were stuck in the same house for two
years, how would you spend your time? How
would you feel?
Anne
Frank
Jews
GREEN POLICE
Peter Van Daan
The Diary of Anne Frank
1943
Nazis
hirteen Years Old
THE ANNEX
Quiet
In the Annex, they have to be completely
silent during the daytime, so no one will
know that they’re hiding there. What would
be the hardest parts of this for you? What
parts would get easier as the months
passed? Why? What parts would get more
difficult? Why?
Anne
Frank
Jews
GREEN POLICE
Peter Van Daan
The Diary of Anne Frank
1943
Nazis
hirteen Years Old
THE ANNEX
Living Quarters
Anne has to sleep in the same room as Mr.
Dussel.
Girls: How would you feel sharing a room
with an older man?
Guys: How would you feel sharing a room
with an older woman?
All: How much privacy would you need?
Anne
Frank
Jews
GREEN POLICE
Peter Van Daan
The Diary of Anne Frank
1943
Nazis
hirteen Years Old
THE ANNEX
Competition
Three teenagers are living in the Annex:
Anne, Margot, and Peter. What would it be
like being thrown into the same living space
together like that? What do you think would
happen if there was only one boy or girl with
you for a couple of years? Would
competition build up between your brother
or sister? Or would you absolutely not be
interested in some random stranger you’re
forced to live with?
Anne
Frank
Jews
GREEN POLICE
Peter Van Daan
The Diary of Anne Frank
1943
Nazis
hirteen Years Old
THE ANNEX
Diaries
What are your thoughts about diaries and
journals? Have you ever had one? Why / why
not? What do you think about journals? Why
do you (or people) write in them? Whom are
they writing to? Would you write different
things if you knew someone would be
reading your words someday (like Anne’s)?
Anne
Frank
Jews
GREEN POLICE
Peter Van Daan
The Diary of Anne Frank
1943
Nazis
hirteen Years Old
THE ANNEX
Hiding
At one point, Anne realizes that she can’t go
downstairs or outside at all. How would that
feel? What would you miss the most about
the outside? What would be the hardest?
Which parts of living in the same place
might you actually grow to like?
Anne
Frank
Jews
GREEN POLICE
Peter Van Daan
The Diary of Anne Frank
1943
Nazis
hirteen Years Old
THE ANNEX
Undignified
When Anne steals Peter’s shoes and takes off
running, Peter chases after her. They end up
on the floor, wrestling for the shoes. Anne’s
mom calls her actions “not dignified.” What
does she mean? Why isn’t it dignified for
Anne? How is her opinion affected by the
time period the story takes place? Would her
thoughts about their wrestling be different
today? How? Why?
Anne
Frank
Jews
GREEN POLICE
Peter Van Daan
The Diary of Anne Frank
1943
Nazis
hirteen Years Old
THE ANNEX
Injustice
When Mr. Frank asks Miep to supply food
when they go into hiding, she immediately
says “Yes.” Her choice carried immense risk.
When you see people’s right to life, liberty,
and pursuit of happiness being taken away,
what do you do? Do you stand beside the
victim? Even if you might get hurt too? How
much would you risk for other people’s
rights? Why? Why not?
Anne
Frank
Jews
GREEN POLICE
Peter Van Daan
The Diary of Anne Frank
1943
Nazis
hirteen Years Old
THE ANNEX
The Blame Game
Anne says, “If we begin thinking of all the
horror in the world, we’re lost! We’re trying
to hold onto some kind of ideals … when
everything … ideals, hopes … everything,
are being destroyed! It isn’t our fault that
the world is in such a mess! We weren’t
around when all this started!”
What responsibility do we have to fight &
fix the world’s horrors, even when it’s not
our fault?
Anne
Frank
Jews
GREEN POLICE
Peter Van Daan
The Diary of Anne Frank
1943
Nazis
hirteen Years Old
THE ANNEX
Nightmares
Do you ever have nightmares? How do you
feel when you wake up? What kinds of
feelings do the nightmares make you have?
Has anyone ever seen you having them?
What was it like waking up, knowing they
saw you having a nightmare?
What might if feel like having nightmares
like Anne while you’re in hiding from the
Nazis? How might that change them?
Anne
Frank
Jews
GREEN POLICE
Peter Van Daan
The Diary of Anne Frank
1943
Nazis
hirteen Years Old
THE ANNEX
Gifts
When Anne surprises everyone with
Hanukkah gifts, they are all amazed. What
do you think about her gifts? What do Anne’s
gifts show about her as a character and
person? Talk about a memory where you
invested as much effort as Anne to give a
special gift. If you don’t have a memory, talk
about why you think you don’t feel like
giving gifts the way Anne does.
Anne
Frank
Jews
GREEN POLICE
Peter Van Daan
The Diary of Anne Frank
1943
Nazis
hirteen Years Old
THE ANNEX
World Problems
Anne blames the world’s problems on her
parents and their generation and doesn’t feel
like she has any responsibility to fix any of
them because she didn’t make them happen.
What do you think about the big world
problems? Whose fault are they? Whose
responsibility are they to be fixed? How
much of an obligation do we have to make
parts of the world better when we didn’t
cause the problems?
Anne
Frank
Jews
GREEN POLICE
Peter Van Daan
The Diary of Anne Frank
1943
Nazis
hirteen Years Old
THE ANNEX
Generations
Many of Anne and her mother’s fights are
because of “how things were” when they
were growing up. Edith can’t believe some
of the things Anne does and wishes she’d act
the right way. Anne argues back, saying that
things are different now.
What ways are your teenage years different
from your parents’? What struggles do you
have that they didn’t have to deal with?
Anne
Frank
Jews
GREEN POLICE
Peter Van Daan
The Diary of Anne Frank
1943
Nazis
hirteen Years Old
THE ANNEX
Belief in Something
Why does Anne want Peter to believe in
something? Does believing in something (a
God?) help people get through things? Does
it help you? Why or why not? Why does it
help Anne? Why doesn’t Peter seem to care?
Anne
Frank
Jews
GREEN POLICE
Peter Van Daan
The Diary of Anne Frank
1943
Nazis
hirteen Years Old
THE ANNEX
At Heart
Anne says that “In spite of everything, [she]
still believe[s] everyone is good at heart.”
What do you think about that? Is everyone
good at heart? If so, what makes people do
bad things? If we’re not all good at heart,
what are we?
Anne
Frank
Jews
GREEN POLICE
Peter Van Daan
The Diary of Anne Frank
1943
Nazis
hirteen Years Old
THE ANNEX
Shame
Mr. Frank says that Anne “puts [him] to
shame.”
What does he mean? How does his
daughter put him to shame? Are there any
ways that Anne puts you to shame? How do
you feel about her and what she believes?
Are there any ways that she is “better” than
you? What ways do you think you’re
“better” than her?
Anne
Frank
Jews
GREEN POLICE
Peter Van Daan
The Diary of Anne Frank
1943
Nazis
hirteen Years Old
THE ANNEX
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