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Holes - Novel Study - Louis Sachar - Creative Writing

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This activity is great for creative writing! I remember doing a mock newspaper as a kid; I thought it was so fun to pretend like I was in that time period or in the book. Writing from the character's POV is a great way to have a mini lesson on tone and mood. This is a good opportunity to also have your students learn about "Show don't tell." They can write from the character's perspective and say a lot about the character's feelings and thoughts by what they write. This is also a nice opportunity for the students to refer back to the book to look for text evidence and support their findings. The writing style and prose will change depending on the book and topic. Enjoy!

This resource has the students write from the perspectives of the character's in the novel!

The 6 Writing Prompts are:

1. What will the warden say are the similarities she shares with the yellow spotted lizard?

2. How will X-Ray describe the reason he is at Camp Green Lake?

3.Why does Mr. Sir work at the Camp when he seems miserable?

4. What does Stanley plan to do with his future now that his name is cleared and he has money?

5. How have Stanley and Zero broken the family curse that has plagued the Yelnat's family for generations?

6. If you were unlucky enough to have to stay at Camp Green Lake, what would your nickname be? The boy's nicknames do not match their character traits and personalities. X-Ray actually has bad eyesight, Zero is in tune with other's emotions and is actually intelligent, and Caveman is the most civilized of the bunch. As an idea for more fun, choose a nickname that is the opposite of your true nature.
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