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MERLOT II


    

Peer Review


Anne Frank, the Writer

 

Ratings

Overall Rating:

5 stars
Content Quality: 5 stars
Effectiveness: 5 stars
Ease of Use: 5 stars
Reviewed: Dec 27, 2009 by Teacher Education
Overview: This is a documented and interactive website of Anne Frank's life and writings. A joint project of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and The Netherlands Institute For War Documentation, it includes original writings, interviews, and a place to share thoughts. A complete transcript of all writings is available on a separate link.
Learning Goals: To gain knowledge of Anne Frank as a writer and as a person. To learn how war affects people's lives.
Target Student Population: Middle school, high school, college level students
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: Basic knowledge of the Holocaust
Type of Material: Collection
Recommended Uses: A resource for history and literature courses.
Technical Requirements: This site requires Macromedia Flash Player 6. You must also have JavaScript enabled.

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: The Anne Frank website presents valid concepts of Anne Frank's life and her writings. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and The Netherlands Institute For War Documentation copied and published many of Anne Frank's original writings and pictures. There are several videos about Anne Frank presented by her cousin and curators from the museums. This website includes a page with educational resources about Anne Frank's life, writings, and family. This website is an accurate historical preservation of a young girl's experience during a horrible war. It is a unique opportunity to see the war through the victim's eyes.
Concerns: There were 2 broken links on the web links page: http://www.ushmm.org/museum/exhibit/online/af/htmlsite/links.html

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: This website could be used as a resource with students from middle school through college level. Students at middle school and higher could relate to Anne Frank as a student, and to her historic and first-hand written information. This could be used in history courses when studying the Holocaust. Also literature courses could use this website to examine Anne Frank's first-hand writings.
Concerns: The learning goals/objectives and relationship to learning standards are not presented, although this should not greatly affect the ability of the teacher to use this site.

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: This is a well organized website, that is easy to navigate and to locate information. All of the website pages are linked on the main page.
Concerns: None

Other Issues and Comments: None