a. Exhibit careful reading and insight in interpretations.
b. Connect responses to the writer’s technique and to specific textual references
c. Draw supported inferences about the effects of the work on its audience.
d. Support judgments with references to the text, other works, other authors or to personal knowledge.
3.4 Analyze the relevance of the setting (e.g., place, time, customs) to the mood, tone and meaning of the text.
Directions: You will be writing a 4-paragraph Response to Literature Essay on The Diary of A Young Girl, by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett. Your essay will be work 50 points and should follow the format listed below.
1st paragraph: Introduction. This tells your reader what you will be discussing in your paper. Hook. Use a quote from the diary
Connect the quote to a sentence which gives the title of the book and the author’s name.
Tell what the book is about in one general sentence.
Give a thesis statement that tells: 1) the setting, the mood and tone of the play 2) your impression of Anne through reading the play.
Example: The book is set in ______________, during _____________ when ___________________ _________which (place) (time period) (what was happening in the world)
gives the play a ____________ mood. In spite of this, the play maintains a __________ tone and depicts the central ( (adjective) (adjective)
character Anne to be both a _______________and ________________ young women. The play’s effect on the reader is ( ( adjective) (adjective)
“I am young and I possess many buried qualities; I am young and strong and am living a great adventure; I am still in the midst of it and can’t grumble the whole day long.” Thus describes the young writer, Anne Frank, in her widely-read book The Diary of a Young Girl. This book details the life experiences of Anne Frank during the two years she spent hiding from the Nazis (with her family and four others) in Amsterdam during World War II. The book is set in Amsterdam, during the early 1940s when Hitler was occupying Holland. This gives the diary a very somber mood. In spite of the tragic time in which she finds herself, Anne maintains an optimistic tone (for the most part) and reveals herself to be quite insightful, although a deeply lonely young woman.
2nd paragraph: First Body Paragraph. This paragraph will discuss the setting, mood and tone of the play.
1. Sentence giving the mood of the play.
2. Connect mood to the time period and historical events.
3. Give a quote from the play (with page number citation) that demonstrates the mood of the play.
4. Tell what is going on in the quote and how it contributes to the mood.
5. Sentence giving the tone of the play
6. A quote or two (with page number citation) that demonstrate the tone of the play.
7. Tell what is going on in the quote and how it contributes to the tone.
1st Body Paragraph Sample:
Anne Frank’s diary has a very melancholy mood for the reader. This is because she writes from within the confined, hidden space in the rear of her father’s business in the Holland where Nazis are patrolling the streets and systematically rounding up Jews to be sent away to concentration camps. We, the reader, know the dire statistics of Jewish deaths during WWII and that Anne herself does not survive. This clouds the story with sadness, even when Anne tells of joyful events and emotions. On March 27, 1943 Anne writes: “All Jews must be out of the German-occupied countries before July 1. Between April 1 and May 1 the province…must be cleaned out [as if the Jews were cockroaches](75),” describing how Jews are being gotten rid of like an insect infestation. Because the reader knows the enormity of loss from the Holocaust the mood remains melancholy throughout, although Anne herself is able to maintain an optimistic, bold tone: “When the birds sing outside and you see the trees changing to green, the sun invites one to be out in the open air, when the sky is so blue, then—oh I wish for so much!” (209).
3rd paragraph: Second Body Paragraph. This paragraph will analyze the character of Anne.
1. Sentence giving two character traits of Anne
2. Quote from play that shows the character trait(s).
3. Tell what is happening in quote, or the general context.
4. Tell how quote demonstrates the character trait(s) in the first sentence.
5. Give another quote or two that show the character traits.
6. Give context and tell how quote(s) demonstrate character trait.
2nd Body Paragraph Sample:
Anne reveals herself to be quite insightfulfor her young age, a characteristic that perhaps evolves from her intense periods of loneliness locked away in her hiding place. “I’ve felt so terribly lonely for a long time, so left out, neglected and misunderstood” she says on page 260. With no one else to turn to for conversation and companionship she puts her keen insights about herself, her house mates, and life in general down in her diary: “I have one outstanding trait in my character …and that is knowledge of myself. I can watch myself and my actions, just like an outsider (260). She frequently is her own subject for examination and rebuke which ignites a need to evolve into a “better” self. These words come near the end of her stay in hiding. The reader sees a very different Anne than the gleeful child who began the diary nearly two years prior.
4th paragraph: Conclusion. Recap what you've discussed in your essay and the conclusions you drew. Your overall impression of the book.
How the setting, mood, tone and character of Anne affect the reader or viewer of the play.
What is to be learned/ gained by people reading this play?
Strong closing with quote from the book that will resonate with the reader of the essay and also give a sense of closure.
The Diary of a Young Girl certainly has its boring lulls, just like life. After all, it details the minutia of two years of Anne Frank’s life, but the reader also walks away from the book with some great life lessons and a unique portrait of an inspiring young woman living through the worst of times. If young Anne Frank can maintain her optimism and see the good in humanity in a time when tyranny and oppression rule and she is the target, how can those in the modern world grumble about life’s inconveniences and discomforts? Through her intense loneliness Anne is able to look inward and gain insight on what truly matters in the world, and in the process teaches her reader the same positive, reflective way of seeing life. She leaves the world with a wonderful challenge on the final page of her diary: “[I] keep on trying to find a way of becoming what I would like to be, and what I could be if…”