The Boy in the Striped Pajamas Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Help students navigate the story 'The Boy in the Striped Pajamas' using this lesson plan before they begin the book. Students will read a basic overview, then predict and prepare for reading the text.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • make predictions about the novel The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
  • create a timeline of events relating to the Holocaust
  • discuss contents of novel The Boy in the Striped Pajamas


  • 50 minutes


Key Vocabulary

  • Holocaust
  • Auschwitz
  • Concentration camp
  • Nazi
  • Bruno
  • Gretel
  • Shmuel

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.4

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the cumulative impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone (e.g., how the language evokes a sense of time and place; how it sets a formal or informal tone).

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.5

Analyze how an author's choices concerning how to structure a text, order events within it (e.g., parallel plots), and manipulate time (e.g., pacing, flashbacks) create such effects as mystery, tension, or surprise.

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