Listen&Learn: The Diary of a Young Girl

Jaksyn Peacock Posted by: Jaksyn Peacock
The diary that reveals the tragic events experienced by Anne Frank and her family.

Pre-listening vocabulary

  • diary: a book where someone writes about the events of their life
  • annex: a small building connected to a main building
  • informant: a person who provides information to law enforcement
  • concentration camp: a place where Jews and other minorities were held prisoner during World War II
  • The Holocaust: the genocide of European Jews during World War II

Listening activity

Gapfill exercise

The Diary of a Young Girl is a book made up of real diary entries from a girl named Anne Frank. The entries tell the story of Anne’s life as a Jewish during World War II. Anne first started in this diary when she was thirteen. Her writings told about her family, her thoughts on the war, and her hopes and dreams. For over two years, Anne and her family hid in an annex attached to a shop, in order to avoid being found by the Nazis. Part of her diary was written while her family was in . An informant reported the location of the Frank family to the German in 1944, and Anne, her mother, and her sister died in concentration camps in 1945. Anne’s father, Otto Frank, found and her diary after World War II was over. Today, Anne’s story is one that students often read in schools to learn about the horrors of the Holocaust.

Comprehension questions

1. The Diary of a Young Girl is a book made up of

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The Diary of a Young Girl is a book made up of the diary entries of a Jewish teenager.

2. For two years, Anne and her family hid in

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For two years, Anne and her family hid in an annex.

3. After World War II, Anne's diary entries were found by

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After World War II, Anne's diary entries were found by her father.

Discussion/essay questions

  1. The Diary of a Young Girl is often read in schools to help students understand what European Jews went through under Nazi rule. Why is it important to teach this history in schools? What could happen if stories like Anne’s were forgotten?

Transcript

The Diary of a Young Girl is a book made up of real diary entries from a girl named Anne Frank. The entries tell the story of Anne’s life as a Jewish teenager during World War II. Anne first started writing in this diary when she was thirteen. Her writings told about her family, her thoughts on the war, and her hopes and dreams. For over two years, Anne and her family hid in an annex attached to a shop, in order to avoid being found by the Nazis. Part of her diary was written while her family was in hiding. An informant reported the location of the Frank family to the German police in 1944, and Anne, her mother, and her sister died in concentration camps in 1945. Anne’s father, Otto Frank, found and published her diary after World War II was over. Today, Anne’s story is one that students often read in schools to learn about the horrors of the Holocaust. 

Written and recorded by Jaksyn Peacock for EnglishClub
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