This engaging and informative lesson enables students to understand the character of the Warden from Louis Sachar's 'Holes', making insightful comments about her character based upon her actions, and backing these ideas up with reference to evidence from the text.
The lesson follows a step-by-step learning journey, in which children learn through:
- Reading and understanding the selected extracts to determine the key traits of The Warden's character at different points in the text;
- Noticing trends in Warden's character throughout the text, observing how she develops from her introduction in the text to later on in the story;
- Analysing Sachar's use of language and description in describing the Warden;
- Peer assessing each other's learning attempts;
- Creating their own villainous Warden, using an engaging template.
- Whole lesson PowerPoint - colourful and comprehensive;
- Selected extract- Chapter 14;
- Development of The Warden worksheet (Word and PDF)
- Analysis template with success criteria for creating well-structured responses;
- Create your own villain template
- Comprehensive lesson plan.
There are also opportunities for group learning, peer assessment, and whole class discussion. I originally used these resources with year 7 and 8 classes, however colleagues have used them for between years 4 and 9 with minimal adaptations.
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