Teaching moments abound in The Diary of Anne Frank
April 11, 2013 § Leave a comment
Each spring since 2009, Metropolis has produced the moving, historical drama The Diary of Anne Frank. And each spring, dozens of teachers bring their classes on a field trip to see our production. This year, we asked a few of those teachers to tell us why they choose to bring their class to The Diary of Anne Frank.
“We read the book as a class and it’s a great way to bring Anne’s story to life for our students,” says Leesa Akins of South Middle School in Arlington Heights. “It’s so interesting to see a staged interpretation of the book that enhances students’ understanding of the novel.”
With state requirements to keep in mind and limited budgets available, teachers really look to make the most of their field trips. Luckily, The Diary of Anne Frank is a strong option with ties to many areas of the curriculum.
“We’ll be seeing the play while studying drama in our literature textbook, which includes the reading of the play version of The Diary of Anne Frank,” says Katie Kalinowicz of Northlake Middle School. “This year, we’ll be seeing the play prior to reading it, which provides a great visual reference for my students when we do read the play.”
“The Diary of Anne Frank is a perfect fit with social studies curriculum for our 8th grade students,” adds Marcia Day of Lake Zurich Middle School North. “A major component of the social studies unit is World War II and its aftermath. Not only does this play meet the state requirement of explicitly teaching about the Holocaust, it also sensitizes students to the plight of powerless people and our human obligation to help.”
Nearly 3,000 students from over 40 area schools will be coming to Metropolis for a performance of The Diary of Anne Frank this year. We’re ready for some unforgettable learning experiences to take place in our theatre this April!