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Boy in the striped pyjamas: Overview

Year 9 English | Language [VCELA] Literature [VCELT]

Source: Child survivors of Auschwitz, wearing adult-size prisoner jackets, stand behind a barbed wire fence. United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Belarusian State Archive of Documentary Film and Photography. (1945).

Level 1"The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas is John Boyne’s heartbreaking tale, first published on 5 January 2006, following the friendship between Bruno and Shmuel during the Holocaust in the second world war... The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas acts as a poignant fable, offering a unique perspective on a hideous reality." (Thompson, 2016, January 6)

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Brief, basic information laid out in an easy-to-read format. May use informal language. (Includes most news articles)

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Provides additional background information and further reading. Introduces some subject-specific language.

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Lengthy, detailed information. Frequently uses technical/subject-specific language. (Includes most analytical articles)

General Capabilities
Enduring Understandings

Literature allows us to experience things we could not have imagined without it.

Essential Questions

How do authors allow us to understand different worlds to our own?

Boy in the striped pyjamas | Overview: Keywords

Level 1Keywords
Click on the terms to access a simple definition from Lexico, the online Oxford Dictionary.

anti-Semitism, Commandant, Concentration camp, Final Solution, Gas chamber, Holocaust, Jew, National Socialism, Nazi, Pyjamas (US spelling, Pajamas), Tragedy, World War II / Second World War.

Boy in the striped pyjamas | Overview: Study guides

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Boy in the striped pyjamas | Overview: eBook

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Boy in the striped pyjamas | Overview: Audio books

Level 1Audio booksDon't forget to use your OverDrive Sora app to download and listen to these audiobooks offline. See the Kerferd Library Sora help page for details. These Sora audio books can be reserved by teachers for book assignments.

Boy in the striped pyjamas | Overview: John Boyne [Author]

John Boyne is the author of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas. Here are some quick facts and information about the author.

John Boyne. Photography taken for the National Centre for Writing in the UK on June 23, 2011.
© National Centre for Writing [UK]
Level 1John Boyne (30 April 1971 - present)
  • John Boyne was born in Ireland on born 30 April 1971
  • He has written books for adults as well as children
  • His novels are published in over 50 languages.
  • He writes book reviews and articles for The Guardian newspaper.
  • The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas has been adapted for a feature film, a play, a ballet and an opera.

Boy in the striped pyjamas | Overview: Curriculum alignment

Level 1Victorian CurriculumThis Mentone Girls' Grammar School LibGuide supports the following Victorian curriculum outcomes. Click on the links to explore more.

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