This novel guide for Holes contains two different student reading guides that allow students to make connections and enhance their comprehension when reading Louis Sachar's classic. The reading guides follow the book's events and cite specific characters, settings, events, ideas, quotations, etc. prompting students to note important text-based details. Also included are pages on pre-reading connections, vocabulary, theme, past and present plot development, characterization, two writing assignments, and a test.
More specifically, the product contains:
1. A "Main Ideas" Reading Guide - prompts are presented of important settings, characters, events, and quotations in order from beginning to end, and students write bulleted notes to record details from the novel. Students often enjoy working on the guide in small groups, which can facilitate discussion, or it can be done independently.
2. Another complete Reading Guide that differs from the first in that it poses specific questions and asks students to respond to specific prompts regarding characters, settings, events, quotations, etc. Student response areas are neatly arranged in varied formats: bordered sections, wordbox and cloze, bulleted lists, etc.
3. A Pre-Writing page where students access prior knowledge and feelings about topics associated with the novel
4. 2 pages of Holes vocabulary covering 20 words, definitions given, ready for student use
5. A page on Themes from the novel
6. A "Past and Present" 2-page handout on which students show their understanding of the 6 topics that connect to both plots, such as onions and Mary Lou
7. A Graphic Organizer and Paragraph Assignment on "How Stanley Changes" - 12 of Stanley's actions are time-lined on the organizer and students track Stanley's feelings, attitudes, and character traits. The organizer is then linked to a "How Stanley Changes" Paragraph Writing Assignment.
8. A "Holes News Story" Writing Assignment. Students have a choice of 4 different events from the novel (listed) for their news story. The assignment follows the writing process and news story requirements. My students have had much success with this assignment!
9. A 25-question test on the novel.
10. A FULL ANSWER KEY
Common Core Standards Embedded in this resource:
R.1 Cite textual details to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text
R.2 Determine a theme or central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details
R.3 (6) Describe how a story’s plot unfolds in a series of episodes as well as how a character changes as the plot moves towards a resolution (7) Analyze how particular elements of a story interact (8) Analyze how particular lines of dialogue or incidents in a story propel the action, reveal aspects of character
R.4 Determine the meanings of new words as they are used in a text
R.5 Analyze how a particular scene fits into the overall structure of a text
W.3 Write narratives to develop imagined events using relevant details and well-structured event sequences
This product contains 26 pages for students and 23 pages of answer keys. Please download the PREVIEW!
Thanks, --Joy Sexton