Anne Frank: Then and Now: (Grades 4-12)
Can be offered as either an introduction to the story of Anne Frank for students just beginning to learn about WWII and the Holocaust, or a deeper delve into the content of her story and the war. This program focuses on Anne’s time in hiding and shows students the connections between Anne’s experience of intolerance, and how prejudice and discrimination continues to manifest in our own world today.
Dear Kitty: (Grades 4-8)
A literacy-focused program in which students explore Anne Frank through her own writing, analyze the text, and learn more about the difficult times she was living in. Students are then encouraged to consider writing as tool to talk about their own hardships and the difficulties they see in their school and communities. The lesson culminates with students creating a short diary entry with drawings or images that reflect themselves and the world they live in.
The Art of Self-Discovery: (Grades 4-8)
Anne Frank’s own arc of self-discovery in her diary is a model to help students understand the power of being themselves, making sense of the world around them, and setting goals to fulfill their dreams to change the world. This 45-90 minute program develops students’ reflective, expressive and artistic skills using Anne’s experiences in hiding. Final project may include interpretation of Anne’s physical space in hiding, visual explorations of her diary, student self-portraits or journal writing.
Art and Propaganda: (Grades 6-12)
In the lead up to World War II, the Nazi’s widespread use of propaganda helped them garner public support for the Third Reich while promoting a message of hate that would ultimately cost lives of six million Jews, including Anne Frank. In this workshop, students examine propaganda images from the Nazi era through today, then utilize this knowledge to create “anti-propaganda” artwork that sends positive messages that promote diversity, individualism, cultural awareness, and acceptance.
From Bystander to Ally—the Drama of Community Building: (Grades 6-12)
When Otto Frank asked Miep Gies to help his family go into hiding, she did not hesitate to say yes. Considering the political climate in the Nazi-occupied Netherlands, why did she take this risk and not stand idly by? In this workshop students, will deepen their historical knowledge of Anne Frank, while utilizing drama-based activities to develop an understanding of the roles people play and the choices we face in instances of oppression—both in the past and present. The program culminates with scene presentations that demonstrate “real life” examples of our individual power to shift from the passive role of bystanders into active advocates for positive change.
Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect offers a wealth of stimulating outreach programs to schools, teachers, and students. Our live performance programs are an excellent way to bring Anne’s story to life in your community.
These programs have been performed at K-12 schools, colleges, religious and community centers, and educational conferences. Our productions, ‘Conversations with Anne’ and ‘Letters from Anne and Martin,’ can facilitate dialogue in your community about what injustices still exist and can spark ideas of ways to confront intolerance and discrimination today. By hosting these programs, you can bring your community together and become steward bearers of Anne’s spirit and legacy. For more information click here [link to Performance Flyer PDF].
Through a series of traveling exhibitions, the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect has introduced more than five million adults and young people, from communities large and small, to Anne’s story and writing. Our exhibits are hosted by organizations that want to confront issues of prejudice and intolerance by teaching Anne’s story in both a personal and historical context. All sites hosting an exhibit have the option to add educational trainings and programs lead by the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect staff, including docent training, professional development workshops, cast workshops, public programs, and more. For more information click here [link to Traveling Exhibits PDF].