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Get your students writing about what they read! The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is a novel about two unlikely friends growing up during World War II. After reading the novel, your students can refine their writing skills by thinking critically about what they read.
This file includes three essay prompts based on The Boy in the Striped Pajamas. The essay prompts are all argumentative in nature, but vary in complexity. This gives you the freedom to choose the prompt most appropriate for your students, or, to differentiate assignments based on students' individual proficiency levels. The essay prompts are appropriate for middle or high school students.
Argumentative Prompt 1 asks students to support an inference about the text. Specifically, students argue whether or not they feel Father had a choice in moving the family. Students make an inference and support it with details from the text.
Argumentative Prompt 2 asks students to evaluate a character's actions and then draw a conclusion. Students evaluate whether or not they feel Mother or Father is a good parent, and support their conclusion with evidence. The checklist and rubric for this prompt ask students to address an opposing viewpoint, making it more complex than Prompt 1.
Argumentative Prompt 3 requires students to synthesize outside research with details from the novel. Students read a criticism of the book and conduct research to determine whether or not they feel the criticism is valid. Students integrate details from the novel with details from their research when making their arguments.
The attached ZIP file includes the following:
1. An overview with a summary of each of the three essay prompts.
2. The three essay prompts in separate Word documents. The essay prompts each include a student checklist, teacher notes, a graphic organizer, a rubric, and a list of which Common Core standards are emphasized.
3. A PDF document that contains all 3 essay prompts. If there are formatting differences between computers due to different versions of Microsoft Word, the PDF document will show you how the documents are meant to be formatted.