Lesson Plans and Teaching Resources for Holes

Use Holes by Louis Sachar to turn your read aloud or small group work into a time to improve comprehension and talk about the text in purposeful ways.

Winner of the Newberry Medal and National Book Award, Louis Sachar's story about a boy with a family curse, and a camp with ulterior motives is a modern-day classic. Holes tells the story of Stanley Yelnats, a boy unjustly sent to a boys' detention center at Camp Green Lake. Stanley endures long days digging five-foot holes under the hot Texas sun with other boys. Soon he figures out that the boys aren't just digging holes to build character; they are digging holes because the warden is looking for something, and that something might be the key to Stanley's family curse. Help readers understand how to determine theme with the Book Club lesson plans and resources focusing on finding evidence to support student-identified themes in the story.

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About the Book

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Title: Holes
Author: Louis Sachar
Genre: Mystery
Themes: Relationship Skills, Family, Self Management, Friendship, Award Winners, Perseverance, Adventure
ISBN: 9780307798367
Publisher's Summary:
Stanley Yelnats is under a curse. A curse that began with his no-good-dirty-rotten-pig-stealing-great-great-grandfather and has since followed generations of Yelnatses. Now Stanley has been unjustly sent to a boys’ detention center, Camp Green Lake, where the boys build character by spending all day, every day digging holes exactly five feet wide and five feet deep. There is no lake at Camp Green Lake. But there are an awful lot of holes. It doesn’t take long for Stanley to realize there’s more than character improvement going on at Camp Green Lake. The boys are digging holes because the warden is looking for something. But what could be buried under a dried-up lake? Stanley tries to dig up the truth in this inventive and darkly humorous tale of crime and punishment—and redemption.
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