Lesson 1 (from Chapter 1)
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is a young adult novel by John Boyne. Incorporating themes of family, innocence, and loss, the narrative centers on nine-year-old Bruno and his family’s relocation to a concentration camp during the Third Reich in Nazi Germany. Chapter One: "Bruno Makes a Discovery" introduces the story’s protagonist and his family as they prepare to move from Berlin to Out-With (Auschwitz). In this lesson, students will identify, analyze, and discuss the narrative style of the novel and the setting of Berlin, Germany, in 1943.
Research Activity: Conduct research on Nazi Germany in the late 1930s and early 1940s. Against whom were the Germans fighting in World War II? When did the Third Reich begin? How is the setting described in Chapter One: "Bruno Makes a Discovery"?
Group Assignment: Assign students to groups of 3-4 each. As a group, develop a...
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