The Boy in the Striped Pajamas Facebook Comprehension Activity. We have created a Facebook activity for the novel The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne.
The book, set in Nazi Germany, begins when nine-year-old Bruno and his family must move from their home in Berlin to a new house by an unfamiliar place in Poland that Bruno refers to as "Out With" (Auschwitz). Tempted to explore his new environment, Bruno is told that there are certain places that he cannot explore. Unable to fight his adventuresome spirit, Bruno explores and meets another young kid (Schmuel) who is dressed in "striped pajamas". The only problem is that Schmuel is on the other side of a fence and Bruno doesn't know why...
This activity contains a blank "Facebook" template page, a template page with directions, a step-by-step instructional page, and a grading rubric. For the activity, students are asked to complete several tasks. First, students are asked to write the name of the book at the top of the Facebook page. After that, they are asked to draw a colorful picture about a favorite character from the story. Then, students are asked to think of at least six "friends" that their character would like to "invite" on his/her Facebook page (two character friends from the story that they read, two story friends from another book, one famous friend such as an athlete, actor/actress, singer, and one of their own friends).
After that, students need to think of five events that their character would want to share with his/her six "friends". Students will need to write the event name in the Facebook page and include at least 1 complete sentence about the event. For example, "Heading to the lake... I am going fishing today with grandpa on Upper Long Lake. I'll let you know how I did later."
My students have found this activity very rewarding and enjoyable.
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