Holes Resource Set

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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.

Teach with Holes by Louis Sachar

Get everything you need to deliver meaningful reading instruction using Holes by Louis Sachar

  • 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
CCSS Alignment
TEKS Alignment
  • CCSS Alignment: L.5.6 RF.5.3 RF.5.4 RL.5.1 RL.5.10 RL.5.2 RL.5.3 RL.5.4 RL.5.5 RL.5.6 RL.5.7 RL.5.9 SL.5.1a SL.5.1b SL.5.1c SL.5.1d SL.5.2 SL.5.3 W.5.8 W.5.9
  • Vocabulary: L.5.4a L.5.5 L.5.6
  • 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
  • Vocabulary: 5.3A 5.3B 5.7E 5.7F
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    Holes Resource Set

    Holes Instructional Overview

    The instructional overview includes instructional background for determining theme, instructional objectives for each of the Book Club meetings, and a list of the materials and preparation necessary to the Holes Book Club.
    TEKS Alignment:

    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

    The management resources include a Book Club Calendar, conversation prompts, Student Self-Evaluation forms, Reading Response Board (with optional Common Core alignment), and an Expectations for Book Club anchor chart.

    Meeting #1: Introduce Theme

    Determining the underlying meaning of a piece of literature is an important skill for readers to develop. Using Holes by Louis Sachar, students will explore the development and identification of theme.

    Meeting #2: Identify Big Ideas

    Examining what characters say and do leads the reader to identify big ideas in the text. Big ideas in Holes by Louis Sachar are stepping stones for the students to use to build into the theme.

    Meeting #3: Identify How Characters Respond to Challenges

    This Holes Book Club meeting focuses on discussing how characters respond to challenges. Examining how characters are impacted by challenges helps readers identify lessons that the characters learn which supports the text's theme.

    Meeting #4: Cite Details to Support the Author's Big Idea

    As students identify possible themes of Holes by Louis Sachar, they need to be able to cite the details in the text that shape their thinking. Students will organize their thoughts by tracking evidence in their Reader's Notebook.

    Meeting #5: Determine the Theme of the Story

    By looking at the setting, major conflicts, and lessons learned by the characters, students will work together to identify a theme presented in Holes by Louis Sachar.

    Holes Focus Assessment and Rubric

    Use this six-question assessment to determine whether or not students understand the key concepts associated with determining theme.

    Holes Common Core Assessment

    This 9 question Common Core aligned assessment can be used to determine students' overall comprehension of Holes and their mastery of the Common Core State Standards.

    Holes Running Record

    Use this "done for you" Running Record to assess oral reading fluency of Holes. Track meaning, structure, and visual accuracy using the first 100 words of the text to determine whether or not this book is a good fit for the readers in your classroom.

    Student Resources in Spanish

    This set of Spanish student facing resources includes Book Club Management Resources for use with Holes by Louis Sachar. These resources are intended to be used with the lesson plans included in the Resource Set for this book.

    Holes Vocabulary Connections

    Before your students can fully comprehend and enjoy Holes, it’s helpful to introduce words that might be new to readers. Either download the Holes Super Pack or this individual Vocabulary Builder for resources and activities that support Tier 2 and Tier 3 vocabulary growth through fun and productive interactions with new words.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.5.4a L.5.5 L.5.6
    TEKS Alignment:

    5.3A 5.3B 5.7E 5.7F

    Holes Common Core Alignment

    List of the Common Core State Standards addressed by Holes Book Club Resource Set.

    TEKS Alignment

    Complete TEKS alignment for all of the mini lessons, resources, and activities in the Holes Resource Set.

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