Teacher Guide

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas Lesson Plan

Notes to the Teacher

Every classroom is different, but the dramatic irony inherent to Bruno's limited perspective may be intriguing to readers slightly older than the character. Be aware that the ending may be obscure to some students, and disturbing to those who do understand it—both to students who are familiar with the histories of the Holocaust and other historical instances of genocide and students who are not. Plan your lessons and your classroom discussion accordingly.

The thought questions in this lesson plan provide material and ideas that students can use to write short original essays and to develop their powers of analysis.

The questions provided for the final paper are most suitable for student...

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