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A Web Quest for Deutsch Grade Stufe 4

Designed by:Al Stoner  1/23/2008



Above is a Drawing of the House at Prinsengracht 263 in Amsterdam, where the Frank family and four other persons went into hiding from the Nazis.

During the second and third trimesters of the 2009-2010 school year German 4 students will be reading "Das Tagebuch Anne Franks". In addition to reading this well-known work in the German language, our purpose will be to expose the students to a phase of German history that Germans normally do not like to think about: namely the Hitler years, and the effects which that evil government had both upon society and individuals.

Anne Frank, born into a Jewish family, was given a diary as a birthday gift on her 13th birthday, which book she named "Kitty". In many of the entries she begins with the greeting "Liebe Kitty" and signs off with "Deine Anne". In this diary she records events of day to day life during this time of governmental oppression and persecution, expressing both her hopes and fears regarding the outcome of that horrific scourge of the Jewish people. And all this from the perspective of a teenage girl.

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German 4 Students will read through in German "Das Tagebuch Anne Franks," both in class and for homework assignments.

Each six weeks period of the third trimester each student will write a paper in German pertaining to Anne Frank personally, pertaining to the house where she and her family secluded themselves on Prinsengracht 263, or to some other relevant subject (which will be discussed by both teacher and student).

They will occasionally use the Internet, as well as other resources from the Media Center, to search for relevant information, graphics, and photos pertaining to the life of Anne Frank, giving them a snapshot view of one of the darkest times in Europe's history.

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1) Students will select, or be assigned, topics dealing with various aspects of Das Tagebuch Anne Franks. Students will discuss and agree on the specifics of the topic that they will be doing with Mr. Stoner the first week of each of the two grading periods.

2) Each student will be responsible for doing research on various aspects of the topic.

3) Students will write a two page typewritten double spaced paper in German on a selected topic pertaining to Anne Frank.

4) Students may make a PowerPoint presentation, that reflects an aspect of Anne Frank's life, that will be agreed on at the beginning of each six weeks period. If the student chooses to make a PowerPoint presentation, once it is completed and perfected, it is to be recorded on a CD-Rom disk for the benefit of future classes. An alternative would be to produce an intricate map that is suitable for mounting illustrating the different places in Europe where Anne Frank lived, as well as other localities that are bear on the subject.

5) Each student will give a presentation before the class, explaining different assigned aspects of the details of the PowerPoint presentation.

6) When given class time to work on project, you will be expected to use the time wisely and profitably, keeping a log of specific progress that is made each day. Class time will be given each week for working on your projects!

7) The project will become due, with all work completed, during the week before the end of each grading period.

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1) All work handed in must be neat in appearance: maps and presentations must be neat in appearance.

2) Information must be accurate, with documentation for source material.

3) The map and PowerPoint presentation must be accurate in their representation of points and emphases made by students.

4) Students must proofread any German text material, before giving presentation, to eliminate spelling and grammatical errors.

5) Total worth of this project towards students' grades will be the equivalent of a 100 point test. (50 possible points for the map, and 50 possible points for PowerPoint presentation.)

6) Points will be taken off for such things as lack of originality, lack of organization of thought, lack of neatness, and incorrect data.

7) The map and / or PowerPoint presentation may be done as a joint-project, so long as each student demonstrates clearly that he has performed that parts that are assigned to him.

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1) Complete all project work by the week before the end of each six grading period.

2) Carefully review all materials for spelling, grammatical, or informational errors before handing them in to Mr. Stoner.

3) Make sure the map is suitable in appearance for mounting on classroom wall, and that the PowerPoint presentation is such that others will benefit from seeing it.

4) Hand in work to Mr. Stoner when all of the above items have been carefully considered and completed.

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The following standards must be followed in doing your projects.

1) Each student must do his assigned portion of the project.

2) Each student must demonstrate by his or her work that sufficient thought was employed by him- or herself in both the planning, preparation, and completion of this project in order to receive full credit.

3) Please do all work carefully and neatly.

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Wikipedia, Anne Frank   Diese Informationen ueber Anne Frank werden in Wikipedia gefunden.

Anne Frank, Die wahre Geschichte   Eine Wikipedia Internetseite

Anne Frank Guide   Anne Frank and Second World War Guide

Anne Frank Zentrum, Berlin   Eine Internetseite, die vieles ueber Anne Frank vorstellt.

Eine Biographie von Anne Frank   Biographie und Zeitlinie vom Leben Anne Franks

Anne Frank Tagebuch, Infos fuer den Unterricht   Infos fuer Unterricht ueber das Leben Anne Franks

Anne Frank, eine Geschichte fuer heute   Eine Geschichte fuer heute

Anne Frank, das Versteck   Das Versteck an der Prinsengracht 263

Anne Frank Center USA   The Anne Frank Center USA is now open the first Sunday of each month from 11:00 – 4:00 beginning January 6, 2008.

Anne Frank, An Unfinished Story   The Diary of Anne Frank, posthumously published in 1947 and eventually translated into almost 70 languages, is one of the most widely read works of non-fiction in the world. For many, especially younger readers, Anne's diary is their first encounter with the history of Nazi Germany's attempt to murder all the Jews of Europe during World War II.

The Anne Frank House   The building consists of two parts : a front house and a back annex. Otto Frank's business was located in the front house. The uppermost floors of the back annex became the hiding place. After more than two years the group was betrayed and deported.

Anne Frank in the World, 1929-1945   Modern day Anne Frank house and attached museum.

The Jewish Virtual Library   The Jewish Virtual Library, A Division of the American-Israeli cooperative enterprise.

Anne Frank Site   The story of the Frank family began in Germany in the 1920's when Otto and Edith Frank led a happy life, highlighted by the births of their daughters Margot and Anne. She and her older sister Margot, frequently spent their summer in Aachen, Germany, with their grandmother. In 1933, in response to Hitler's anti-Jewish decrees, Otto Frank opened a branch of his company, Opteka, in Amsterdam and began planning to bring his family there.

Ein kurzes, tragisches Leben   Wer kennt es nicht, das Tagebuch der Anne Frank? Wer hat nicht voller Ergriffenheit, Trauer und Wut Anteil genommen an ihrem Schicksal, an ihrer ersten Liebe, an ihrem frühen und sinnlosen Tod?

Anne Frank, a Summary of her Life   "Anne Frank was a German Jewish concentration camp victim, born in Frankfurt-am-Main, Germany. She fled from the Nazis to Holland in 1933 with her family. After the Nazis took over Holland, she hid with her family and four others in a sealed-off office back room in Amsterdam from 1942 until they were betrayed in August 1944. The animated diary she kept during the time she was hiding was published in 1947, and was dramatized and filmed. Anne Frank became a symbol of suffering under the Nazis. Her name was given to villages and schools for refugee children throughout Western Europe."

Anne Frank Timeline   This timeline correlates the life of Anne Frank with other significant events that are occurring in Europe.

A Teacher's Guide to the Holocaust   This website features several links related to the Holocaust.

Anne Frank House on YouTube   This site gives a virtual tour of Prinsengracht 263 where the Frank family lived while in hiding.

Anne Frank Quotes   Quotes made by Anne Frank taken from her writings.

Who is Anne Frank?   A site dedicated to clarifying Anne's personality.

We Remember Anne Frank   In 1945, close to the end of WWII, Anne Frank died at the age of fifteen. Today, her diary and people who knew her survive to tell her story. Scholastic's "We Remember Anne Frank" takes students one step beyond the diary. In this project, students have the unique opportunity to "meet" two heroic women whose endurance of human spirit and courage in the face of horror enabled them to risk everything to help Anne Frank.

Maps of Nazi Concentration Camps   This link shows maps with locations of Nazi concentration and extermination camps in Germany, Poland, and Austria.

The Jewish Virtual Library and Anne Frank   Anne Frank was born in 1929 in Frankfurt am Main in Germany. In 1933, the anti-Jewish National Socialist Party led by Hitler comes to power. Anne Frank's Jewish parents Edith and Otto Frank perceive that there is no future in Germany for themselves and their children. They flee to the Netherlands in 1933. Anne is then four years old. Until she is eleven she grows up without a care in a relatively safer Holland. In 1940, the Netherlands is occupied by Germany and the protection that Holland provides comes to an end.

Scrapbookpages.com Anne Frank House   This site contains helpful information and photographs of the "Hinterhaus" where the Frank family, along with four other Jewish acquaintances hid for over two years from the Nazis before they were betrayed and taken captive.

Anne Frank Texts in PDF format   This site contains excerpts from the Tagebuch Anne Franks, as well as photos and other helpful information.

An Excursion through the Anne Frank House   This is a YouTube video that provides helpful information about the secret annex where the Frank family and four other persons when into hiding.

Zug der Erinnerung (Train of Commemoration) Website   In the 70th anniversary year of the beginning of the Second World War, a film is being produced in Germany which is to commemorate the biographies of deported Jewish children and young people. It will contain reports and background material regarding this subject.

Photos of Auschwitz   Color and black and white photos of the former Nazi death camp in remembrance of the Jews who lost their lives there. These photographs were taken in Auschwitz and Birkenau by Alan Jacobs in the years 1979 - 1981.

Auschwitz.org   Memorial and Museum, Auschwitz-Birkenau. This is a site dedicated to keeping the memory of Auschwitz, and the unimaginable horrors that took place there, alive.

Miep Gies Website   This website gives Miep Gies' perspective of the Frank family, the hiding place on Prinsengracht 263, and her role in protecting Anne and her family.

Anne Frank, Victim of Nazi Genocide   In 1942, Anne Frank and her family fleeing the horrors of Nazi occupation, hid in the back of an Amsterdam warehouse. Over the next two years, Anne describes in her diary her frustrations at being confined, hungry, bored and the threat of discovery.

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This WebQuest created by:Al Stoner  on 1/23/2008


Adaped from Webquest.sdsu.edu/LessonTemplate.html located on Bernie Dodge's Training Materials Site.