Was Bieber's Note Disrespectful To Anne Frank?

Do your students enjoy chatting about celebrities? Did they hear the latest news about Justin Bieber? We have a topic that will get your students talking!

The Anne Frank House Guest Book

Over the weekend, Justin Bieber visited The Anne Frank House in Amsterdam. Before he left, he took a moment to leave a note in the guest book. This is what he wrote:

“… Truly inspiring to be able to come here. Anne was a great girl. Hopefully she would have been a belieber.” ~Justin Bieber

Note: Bieber’s message was shared on the official Anne Frank House Facebook page. Justin Bieber calls his fans “beliebers”.

While the Anne Frank House was happy to have Justin Bieber visit, many people were insulted by Bieber’s comment. They accused him of being insensitive and self-obsessed. Do your students think Bieber’s comment was inappropriate? Have a discussion in class, or assign this topic as a writing prompt.

Vocabulary and expressions

Here are some words that you may want to teach as you have this conversation:

  • self-centred
  • full of oneself
  • offensive
  • inappropriate
  • innocent
  • overreact

If you’re looking for more information on this story about Justin Bieber at the Anne Frank House, check out this article on CNN. If your students like Justin Bieber, you may also be interested in this post and the related lesson plan about Justin Bieber wanting tougher Paparazzi laws.

A Lesson Plan on Anne Frank

Check out ESL-Library’s Mini Biography lesson plan on Anne Frank. This lesson plan is for low-level learners. We also have a podcast of our Anne Frank lesson that you can share with your students. Please note, we will be adding a lesson plan about the Holocaust to our library this summer. Thank you for the requests.

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  1. teachactress@yahoo.com'

    Chaya says:

    Apr 15, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    Here is the official web site. http://www.sarahskey.com.au/ The Vichy govt was a very dark period of French history.

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    Chaya says:

    Apr 15, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    No, I haven’t. I’ll have to see if I can get it from Steimatsky’s in Tel Aviv. I did some Googling. A movie has been made of it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LzDZ9e3mGRE

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  3. ESL Library Staff says:

    Apr 15, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    Hi Chaya,

    I’m reading a novel on that topic right now. It’s called “Sarah’s Key”. Have you read it? The woman is doing some research about Vel d’Hiv in Paris, and she is surprised how many of her peers know nothing about it. It’s a tough book to read.

    Tara

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    • teachactress@yahoo.com'

      Chaya says:

      Apr 15, 2013 at 4:00 pm

      Sorry….I didn’t click on Reply to answer you before.

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  4. teachactress@yahoo.com'

    Chaya says:

    Apr 15, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    I’m sure he didn’t think he was being disrespectful; but, like many people his age, he is totally unaware of what the Nazis did.

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