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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

We have just starting a new unit on The Holocaust. For a change, we are combining our History, Language Arts, and Reading together. For this, we will be researching and using on-line resources, taking out library books, and reading "The Boy In The Striped Pajamas" by John Boyne.
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"Eight year-old Bruno is the sheltered son of a Nazi officer whose promotion takes the family from their comfortable home in Berlin to a desolate area where the lonely boy finds nothing to do and no-one to play with. Crushed by boredom and compelled by curiosity, Bruno ignores his mother’s repeated instructions not to explore the back garden and heads for the ‘farm’ he has seen in the near distance. There he meets Shmuel, a boy his own age who lives a parallel, alien existence on the other side of a barbed wire fence. Bruno's encounter with the boy in the striped pajamas leads him from innocence to a dawning awareness of the adult world around them as his meetings with Shmuel develop into a friendship with devastating consequences!"

When the book is finished, we will then watch the movie version which I found on Netflix. They have a lot of very well made documentaries on the Holocaust. I want Kiddo to realize and understand that this is NOT some kind of story that was made up....a tall tale passed on down through generations, but a true, horrific event that should never have happened.

To download the curriculum for The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, please click HERE!

After this unit is finished, we are planning a field trip to the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC.


homeschool101 said...

Thank you for sharing this. It is heartbreaking. We recently watched the Diary of Ann Frank. I cried the whole time. So sad. My heart just breaks. Let me know how this one is, we may venture this one as well.

God Bless you my friend!

Cathy said...

I went to the museum a few years ago. It was quite an experience and I think everyone should go. Unbelievable!