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Holes Book Club Focused on Theme

Holes Book Club Focused on Theme

Winner of the Newberry Medal and National Book Award, Louis Sachar’s story about a boy with a family curse, and a camp with ulterior motives is a modern-day classic. Holes tells the story of Stanley Yelnats, a boy unjustly sent to a boys' detention center at Camp Green Lake. Stanley endures long days digging five-foot holes under the hot Texas sun with other boys. Soon he figures out that the boys aren't just digging holes to build character; they are digging holes because the warden is looking for something, and that something might be the key to Stanley's family curse. Help readers understand how to determine theme with the Book Club lesson plans and resources focusing on finding evidence to support student-identified themes in the story.

  • Included in this resource
  • Lesson plans for 5 book club meetings focused on Theme
  • Chapter by chapter discussion questions and key vocabulary
  • Book Club calendar
  • Conversation prompts
  • Student self-evaluations forms
  • Reading response board
  • Culminating activity
  • Instructional focus assessment, answer key, and rubric
  • Note: This set of instructional resources is for use with the book Holes by Louis Sachar. A copy of the book is not included in this set of resources.
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Winner of the Newberry Medal and National Book Award, Louis Sachar’s story about a boy with a family curse, and a camp with ulterior motives is a modern-day classic. Holes tells the story of Stanley Yelnats, a boy unjustly sent to a boys' detention center at Camp Green Lake. Stanley endures long days digging five-foot holes under the hot Texas sun with other boys. Soon he figures out that the boys aren't just digging holes to build character; they are digging holes because the warden is looking for something, and that something might be the key to Stanley's family curse. Help readers understand how to determine theme with the Book Club lesson plans and resources focusing on finding evidence to support student-identified themes in the story.

  • Included in this resource
  • Lesson plans for 5 book club meetings focused on Theme
  • Chapter by chapter discussion questions and key vocabulary
  • Book Club calendar
  • Conversation prompts
  • Student self-evaluations forms
  • Reading response board
  • Culminating activity
  • Instructional focus assessment, answer key, and rubric
  • This set of instructional resources is for use with the book Holes by Louis Sachar. A copy of the book is not included in this set of resources.
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Book Club resources

The management resources include a Book Club Calendar, conversation prompts, Student Self-Evaluation forms, Reading Response Board (with optional Common Core alignment), and an Expectations for Book Club anchor chart.

The instructional overview includes instructional background for determining theme, instructional objectives for each of the Book Club meetings, and a list of the materials and preparation necessary to the Holes Book Club.

Determining the underlying meaning of a piece of literature is an important skill for readers to develop. Using Holes by Louis Sachar, students will explore the development and identification of theme.

Examining what characters say and do leads the reader to identify big ideas in the text. Big ideas in Holes by Louis Sachar are stepping stones for the students to use to build into the theme.

This Holes Book Club meeting focuses on discussing how characters respond to challenges. Examining how characters are impacted by challenges helps readers identify lessons that the characters learn which supports the text's theme.

As students identify possible themes of Holes by Louis Sachar, they need to be able to cite the details in the text that shape their thinking. Students will organize their thoughts by tracking evidence in their Reader's Notebook.

By looking at the setting, major conflicts, and lessons learned by the characters, students will work together to identify a theme presented in Holes by Louis Sachar.

Use this six-question assessment to determine whether or not students understand the key concepts associated with determining theme.
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Book Title:
Holes
Book Author:
Louis Sachar
Grade Level:
5
Genre(s):
Mystery
F&P Guided Reading Level:
V
DRA Level:
50
Reading Recovery Level:
Theme(s):
Adventure, Award Winners, Family, Friendship, Perseverance, Relationship Skills, Self Management
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Common Core Alignment: RL.5.1, RL.5.2, RL.5.3, RL.5.4, RL.5.5, RL.5.6, RL.5.7, RL.5.9, RL.5.10, RF.5.3, RF.5.4, SL.5.1a, SL.5.1b, SL.5.1c, W.5.8, W.5.9, L.5.4a, L.5.5, L.5.6
Vocabulary Connections: L.5.4a, L.5.5, L.5.6
TEKS Alignment: 5.1C, 5.1A, 5.1D, 5.6A, 5.6B, 5.6C, 5.6D, 5.6E, 5.6F, 5.6G, 5.6H, 5.6I, 5.7A, 5.7B, 5.7C, 5.7D, 5.7E, 5.7F, 5.7G, 5.8A, 5.8B, 5.8C, 5.8D, 5.9A, 5.9B, 5.9D(i), 5.9D(ii), 5.9D(iii), 5.9E(i), 5.9E(ii), 5.9E(iii), 5.9F, 5.10A, 5.10B, 5.10C, 5.10D, 5.10E, 5.10F, 5.10G, 5.13A, 5.13C, 5.13E, 5.13H
Vocabulary Connections: 5.7E, 5.7F, 5.3A, 5.3B
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