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Berlin 1942 When Bruno returns home from school one day, he discovers that his belongings are being packed in crates. His father has received a promotion and the family must move from their home to a new house far far away, where there is no one to play with and nothing to do. A tall fence running alongside stretches as far as the eye can see and cuts him off from the strange people he can see in the distance. But Bruno longs to be an explorer and decides that there must be more to this desolate new place than meets the eye. While exploring his new environment, he meets another boy whose life and circumstances are very different to his own, and their meeting results in a friendship that has devastating consequences.




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Post-reading writing prompt.

Summary, vocabulary, and multiple post-reading activities, including discussion questions

Interview with John Boyne (writer) & Mark Herman (director)

Pupils' notes 

Scheme of work and 15 lesson plans

Contemporary writers: Essential reading skills


“Any novel” differentiated unit

Novel study


Summary and support for pre-reading, during reading, and after reading.

Summary, author biography, criticism, and 12 discussion questions.

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The Boy in the Striped Pajamas-Teacher Guide

8 lesson plans

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas Unit

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Multicultural Unit on WWII

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas Vocab


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