Day 4

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas Lesson Plan

Discussion of Thought Questions

  1. 1

    What can you tell about the setting from the opening scene?

    The opening scene shows Bruno pretending to fly a plane with his three best friends in the world. They all travel through their neighborhood. Viewers see Nazi flags, the cars and buildings of the 1940s, and the carefree nature of Bruno’s mom. The opening scene also shows the Nazi soldiers forcing Jews out of their homes and into trucks. This sharp contrast in experience foreshadows the conflict throughout the rest of the movie.

  2. 2

    What does Bruno’s father tell him about the people in the striped pajamas? Why?

    Bruno’s father explains that the people in the striped pajamas are “not people at all.” Many Germans...

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