HOLES, the 1999 Newbery Medal winner, is an exquisitely woven tale spanning several generations. Stanley has been wrongly accused of theft. He is sent to a juvenile detention camp where he meets a group of unlikely friends. The boys must dig holes every day to build character. In the process of paying his debt to society, Stanley digs up more than dirt; he digs up history, the end to his family's curse, and friendship.
This 104-page unit is packed with activities that will enhance the teaching and reading of this award-winning book. Divided into five sections, this novel study includes discussion questions, vocabulary words and teacher's guide, matching vocabulary quizzes and keys, and short answer comprehension quizzes and keys for each section. In addition, each section is littered with journal topics, writing prompts, discussion topics, application worksheets, and short projects with rubrics. Also included are three- and five-week calendars, a character description chart and teacher's guide, instructions and rubric for a book review, and a final test consisting of multiple choice, true/false, sequencing, fill-in-the-blank, and matching questions with key included. If you would like to see a detailed list of the unit, please preview it. I have included the table of contents in its entirety within the preview, so you know exactly what the unit contains.
This unit is a comprehensive novel study. I have seen this book and unit help self-professed nonreaders see the fun and excitement reading can offer. My students love completing this novel study.
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