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Lesson Plan 3 – The Anne Frank Story

This can be used as either a follow-up activity for the Liberation Lesson, or as an independent lesson at both the grade 7/8 and high school levels.

If this is being completed without the Liberation Lesson, please refer to the lesson for the links to the background information to provide context if required. These lessons were created by the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam.


With specific reference to the Anne Frank story, students will better understand the experiences of Jewish people in the Netherlands during WWII.

Grade Level

This activity is designed for grade 9 or 10 Canadian History courses, as a part of the Second World War Unit. However, it can be modified to work with other courses or units. (e.g. intermediate or high school classes studying war/Holocaust literature, civics/politics classes).

Anne in her final year of primary school, 1940.
Photo collection: Anne Frank Stichting, Amsterdam/photographer unknown


  • Students will discover, or learn more about the Anne Frank story.
  • They will use this story to better understand the Jewish experience in Europe during the Second World War.
  • Students may use the Anne Frank story to better understand, compare/contrast, or provide context for other Holocaust literature they may be studying.
  • Students will reflect on the horrors of the Holocaust.