The components of this resource can be used before and during the study of the novel The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne. It is not a novel study per se, but rather a packet of three informational texts and activities that provide students with information about the author, Germany and WWII, and Auschwitz.
1) The resource begins with a “student survey”: place students in groups or have them work on their own to ascertain how much they know about Poland, the Nazis, Auschwitz, and WWII in general. The area on the right of the page is where they can write their initial answers - their final answers can be inserted on the left when the correct information is found (this survey can also be done as a webquest), either when the class comes back together as a group, you supply the answers, or after students read the texts;
2) There are three texts: “John Boyne, Author of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas” is a page and a half in length; “Germany and World War II” is a 2-page general look at pre-war Germany and WWII; and “Auschwitz Then and Now”, a 2-page passage about the camp, its liberation, and how it has been preserved. The latter text includes a map of modern Europe and all three passages are illustrated.
3) All three texts include vocabulary and comprehension/opinion questions;
4) An answer key is provided for the survey, and the vocabulary and question pages.
I also have similar resources for these novels:
Number the Stars
Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes