This is a close reading guide to the book The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne.
Nine-year-old Bruno is displaced from his home in Berlin due to his father’s job. Without a true understanding of what his father actually does for a living, Bruno sets out to explore his new surroundings. Soon, he stumbles upon a boy and a fence, and Bruno’s life is never again the same.
This is a MUST READ in the middle school classroom. While there are many books about the Holocaust that are available to our students, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas will give your students a humanistic view of the Holocaust not found in any other text. Written in the style of a fairy tale, John Boyne uses nine-year-old Bruno's perspective to tell the story of the Holocaust through young eyes. This text will hook your students, as well as be a wonderful springboard for inferencing, character study, and opinion writing.
As close reading is such an important part of the Common Core, students need to be taught to be analytic as they read texts. This unit includes writing/discussion questions for each chapter (answer key included), as well as larger-scale writing assessments. The classroom discussion questions deeply examine the themes of the novel as well as inferences that can be made as students read. I have used this unit with gifted grade 5 all the way through grade 10. I have used this unit in special education as well as regular education classrooms, and it has been successful across the board. It includes everything you need! There are chapter summaries, vocabulary activities, and class discussion questions for each chapter. I have used the questions for homework, classwork, or just as a springboard for Socratic discussions and literature circles. Please feel free to ask questions before your purchase. AND...don't forget to leave feedback. It's like free TPT money!