Writing in Impossible Circumstances

KS3: ages 11-14KS4: ages 14-16Website

‘I hope I can confide everything to you, as I have never been able to confide in anyone, and I hope you will be a great source of comfort and support.’

These were the first words Anne Frank wrote in the diary she began 70 years ago. Amnesty and the Anne Frank Trust have produced two lessons for students to explore her life and legacy. Connecting the solitude and difficult circumstances that Anne wrote in, the resource invites students to consider and learn about the human right to freedom of opinion and expression. Using the writings of Anne and more recent ‘writers in captivity’, students will explore ways of creatively responding to those experiences through writing.

The resource is made up of two lessons, one of which is for 11+, and the other more suited to age 14+. The lessons have curriculum links across the UK, they work well in RE, English/Literacy lessons, or a drop down/thematic day.


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