Anne Frank in the World, 1929 - 1945 Teacher Workbook

For Teachers

Image used with permission from © ANNE FRANK FONDS Basel, Switzerland

This Anne Frank unit is designed with several lessons of various lengths. These lessons are usable in many different disciplines. Using one, several, or all of the lessons will address the unit's objectives to some degree. Students will accomplish some or all of the objectives depending on the number and nature of the lessons in which they participate.

To use the story of a young girl, Anne Frank, as a catalyst in an effort to understand better the four themes of the Exhibit:

  1. Discrimination is cruel and irrational.
  2. It is the ordinary citizen who discriminates.
  3. Discrimination is a matter of personal choice.
  4. Discrimination, prejudice, and racism not only existed in the past, but still exist today.

These four themes are repeated in the Picturing the Themes worksheet in the folder. While these are the organizing themes for the Exhibit, they can also be used for lessons with classes that cannot attend the Exhibit but want to explore the nature of discrimination in order to intervene and to promote harmony, peace, and justice in the world of the future.


  • Students will be exposed to a variety of lessons on discrimination that will increase their sensitivity to diversity.
  • Students will compare/contrast past and present discrimination issues.
  • Students will examine/identify attitudes toward discrimination.
  • Students will identify personal biases and formulate a plan to "make a difference."

Enrichment activities and challenge activities for high performance students are suggested for each lesson.


  • Bias
  • Discriminate
  • euthanasia
  • Gestapo
  • Holocaust
  • irrational
  • Jew/Jude
  • National Socialist/Nazi
  • prejudice
  • propaganda
  • racism
  • scapegoat
  • stereotype
  • Westerbork