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Holes by Louis Sachar
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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- Interactive Lesson Plan for 5 Book Club Meetings Focusing on Determining Theme
- Chapter by Chapter Discussion Guide
- Chapter by Chapter Vocabulary Guide
- Book Club Calendar
- Conversation Prompts
- Expectations for Book Club Anchor Chart / Student Reference Sheet
- Student Self-Evaluation Forms
- Running Record Assessment Tool
- Student Reading Response Guide
- Comprehension Assessment Rubric
- Common Core State Standard Assessment
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Holes Resource Set
Holes Instructional Overview
5.10A 5.13A 5.13C 5.13E 5.13H 5.1A 5.1C 5.1D 5.6A 5.6B 5.6C 5.6D 5.6E 5.6F 5.6G 5.6H 5.6I 5.7A 5.7B 5.7C 5.7D 5.7E 5.7F 5.7G 5.8A 5.8B 5.8C
Book Club Management Resources
Meeting #1: Introduce Theme
Meeting #2: Identify Big Ideas
Meeting #3: Identify How Characters Respond to Challenges
Meeting #4: Cite Details to Support the Author's Big Idea
Meeting #5: Determine the Theme of the Story
Holes Focus Assessment and Rubric
Holes Common Core Assessment
Holes Running Record
Student Resources in Spanish
Holes Vocabulary Connections
Common Core Alignment:
L.5.4a L.5.5 L.5.6
5.3A 5.3B 5.7E 5.7F
Holes Common Core Alignment
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