sabato 19 gennaio 2019
#blogging 28 Teaching the Holocaust - reading the Diary by Anne Frank
Since I started using Twitter I have come across many resources for educators.
They have been sharing many documents and materials online :now I have many accounts online where I can find lessons and tips. I have collected many links and pdfs for my lessons as I feel that teaching implies learning by using authentic materials and also documents related to the past.
Usually students are more engaged and like to learn about events that are challenging and they love discussing about them.
In one of my posts of this year I wrote about a book which I had read and which had been written by a holocaust survivor.
I have read many books about the life of people who were killed in the dark age of Nazism.
Like Deborah Batiste I have loved reading Anne Frank's Diary. In an interesting post she shared why some people had an impact on her life :
I have met Anne Frank by reading her pages and also my teacher taught me about her.
I have never visited her house in Amsterdam but today many young students go to Amsterdam and visit the Museum - https://www.annefrank.org/en/
Any time I teach the Holocaust I cannot but photocopy some pages taken from the Diary and comment in class about what is being read: the book can be read online
thanks to the Internet Archive:
For learners with a pre-intermediate level of English I choose some adapted texts with text and audio:
I also ask my students to see films in Italian and in English to learn more about the teenager who wrote about her wish to live in a better world and dreamed of a better world.
Sometimes books we have read can change our life but I also feel it is up to educators to teach about the Holocaust and help the young to reflect. Anne Frank is still living among us and she is helping us teach about the value of respect. Something we do need to focus on in a society which seems to have forgotten what happened to many people who died in the concentration camps.
Anne Frank ( the whole story)