Part One: The Story What happens in the story? Activity: Tell the story to your partner in two minutes. What was your favourite moment in the play? Why? John Boyne: “I have described the book as a fable, which I define as a work of fiction with a moral at its heart” What do you think a story “with a moral at its heart” means? Can you think of any other examples of fables? What do all of these examples have in common? A fable is a fictional story with a moral: a lesson that you can learn from Activity: What do you think is the moral at the heart of the story of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas? Come up with a one-line summary of the message of the play. Activity: Look at the following list of Bruno’s actions from the play. Discuss if you think he was right or wrong to do each of these. Why? Bruno steals food from the kitchen to give to Shmuel. Bruno goes exploring after he has promised his parents that he won’t. Bruno lies to Kotler and tells him that he has never seen Shmuel before. Bruno crosses into the camp to help Shmuel look for his father. Activity: In small groups, make a frozen picture of each of the following images. Make the first image in each pair, then when the teacher claps, change to the second image. Friendship / Sworn enemies A dividing fence / A dividing fence with a boy on each side Superior / Inferior A secret / A horrifying discovery A Doctor / A slave Betrayal / Forgiveness What sort of story do you think these conflicting images might come from?