Day 2

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas Lesson Plan

Discussion of Thought Questions

  1. 1

    Why does Bruno want rope and a tire?

    Students will first state the obvious: Bruno wants to use the rope and tire to make a swing. However, you should encourage them to think more deeply: he wants a rope and tire in order to occupy his mind. He’s bored at Out-With and worried that he will go mad if he does not do something to keep himself from growing more bored.

  2. 2

    Why is Lieutenant Kotler mean to Pavel?

    If your students have some background on the novel, they might be able to deduce that Pavel is a Jew at Out-With who was assigned to work in Bruno’s father’s home. Lieutenant Kotler is mean to Pavel because he is prejudiced against Jews, as the Nazis were. If you...

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