This ready-to-use, 34-page packet is designed for teachers to use with students in grades 4-7 as they read HOLES, by Louis Sachar. Included is a bookmark master for use by students to keep track of vocabulary words while reading the book and using the student booklet. There is also a 25-page student booklet along with an answer key. The booklet divides Holes into eight reading assignments with questions and tasks to go with each one. It is designed for independent work so that students can work on this in class while the teacher is meeting with another group. In my classroom students were responsible for completing one reading assignment with the accompanying questions each week. I gave them four, 40 minute periods per week to complete one assignment. They would then meet once a week with me (or an aide or a parent), along with the other students reading the same book (we called this a "book club" meeting) to discuss the book and review the assignments.
Customize the use of this packet as you wish. What worked for me, may not be what works best for you. For example, instead of using this as class work, the packet could also be used as homework. Also, instead of creating a booklet, the pages can be copied and handed out singly as separate assignments. You might like to have readers who are more challenged by the work do partner reading and complete tasks together.
The questions and tasks in this booklet cover and reinforce balanced literacy skills. These include comprehension, vocabulary, visualization, point-of-view, summarizing, connecting to the text, identifying character traits, identifying the setting, and inferring. The packet gives students critical practice in writing to explain their thinking and to demonstrate their understanding.
HOLES in a nutshell:
This Newbery Award-Winning book (1999) is a great choice for creating high interest in your students. Stanley Yelnats is sent to a detention camp where he has to dig a hole each day to pay for a crime he didn't actually commit. He blames it on the curse of his no-good-dirty-rotten-pig-stealing great-great-grandfather. Boys and girls alike will enjoy this tale of "crime and punishment" and the adventures and lessons learned.
Appropriate for students in grades 4-8. Reading level approximately 6th grade.
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