The Boy in the Striped Pajamas: Vocabulary Strategy

In order to truly understand The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, you'll need to provide middle schoolers with background information about the Holocaust. After contributing as many words as they can associate with the Holocaust, such as people involved, reasons for being put into a camp, or other words they know, classmates group the words into categories.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Create pairs or groups to think of a longer list of words to contribute
  • Assign groups of words to various learners during a research assignment, and have them present what they have learned in front of the class
Classroom Considerations

  • Consider leading a lesson about the Holocaust before beginning the novel to enhance the class's prior knowledge
Pros

  • Includes a sample list of words for you to add if groups need additional help
Cons

  • None
Common Core