Impact on this generation

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Name: ___________________________ Date: ____________ Period: _______

Like a juicy hamburger, a paragraph needs two things to hold it together: topic sentence and closing sentence.


Be specific when you write about the impact he/she had on our generation. It could have been large or small, but think carefully about the legacy he/she left behind. What does he/she teach us about life, family, love, commitment towards a goal, hope, etc?


Anne Frank gave the world an in-depth look on how the Nazi invasion and the Holocaust affected not only her family, but children her age.  She was a young girl on the verge of becoming a teenager and she hides nothing from us in her diary.  Of all the material that became available after World War II, Anne Frank's became one of the most well-known pieces of literature to this day that paints a realistic picture of what it was like to hide from Nazi supremacy, leave one's homeland, and endure painful labor and abuse in a concentration camp.  Anne teachers us fortitude (courage and strength), perseverance in the time of trouble, and the importance of remaining optimistic even in times of doubt. 

Her optimism is found throughout her diary when she writes the following:

  • How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”

  • I don't think of all the misery, but of the beauty that still remains.” 

  • The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quite alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be and that God wishes to see people happy, amidst the simple beauty of nature. As longs as this exists, and it certainly always will, I know that then there will always be comfort for every sorrow, whatever the circumstances may be. And I firmly believe that nature brings solace in all troubles” (Frank 99).

Anne also taught us that we should take responsibility for our own actions, reminding us that we have to forge our own path in life. She states“Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right paths, but the final forming of a person's character lies in their own hands” (Frank 79).

Anne reminded us of the importance to leave our own legacy behind when she wrote: “I don't want to have lived in vain like most people. I want to be useful or bring enjoyment to all people, even those I've never met. I want to go on living even after my death!” (Frank 150). 

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