Have you ever wondered what it would be like to dig through the earth, to the other side of the world? It sounds fun, right? Well, Stanley Yelnats and the other boys in the book Holes by Louis Sachar quickly lose the sense of fun while digging holes because they are forced to dig hole upon hole as punishment for their crimes. For Stanley, it was a crime he didn't even commit! Sachar has written a captivating story of Stanley's life as an innocent victim at a camp for juvenile delinquents. In this lesson, we'll look at some of the most important words that can help you understand his experiences.
This is a thorough HOLES NOVEL STUDY UNIT including 180 vocabulary words with quizzes, reading comprehension questions for all 50 chapters, end of story questions, writing and TDA prompts, as well as a quiz! Check out the details below to give your students a novel unit to stimulate their brains!
There are 180 words included. With vocabulary being one of the weakest areas on standardized testing, I decided to include 180 words to discuss! You will see in the answer key, there are some with multiple meanings. The meaning used in the book is listed first. I included the other meanings for discussion.
Golf is played on specially-designed course consisting of a series of numbered holes. Some holes are short, just two or three hundred metres, while others are longer, up to five or six hundred metres. Each hole has a tee-off area, or tee box, from which the first shot is played. Then a long fairway with short grass leads to a small area of very short grass called a green. There's is a small hole in the green called a cup in which a pin stands with a flag flying on it. The object of the game is to hit the ball and get it into the cup with as few shots as possible. But course designers don't want to make this too easy, so they build hazards into the course. On both sides of the fairway, and around the green, areas of long grass called the rough are usually found. Areas thick with trees and bushes are also common, along with hazards such as bunkers, lakes, creeks and gullies.
We begin each lesson with vocabulary instruction. I follow the Vocabulary Mini-Lesson Routine provided by Sarah. The hard part is keeping the lesson to ten minutes. Students like talking about the words. They also appreciate the context clues for each word. They like the little hint they get about the reading for each day.
Students like figuring out what the words mean and noticing what the word is not. They like thinking about Text to World connections and relating it to their lives. We often have very interesting conversations about how they will remember the word. Sometimes the words bring up issues in their lives and they relate the words to those things. I find out new information about my students by carefully listening to what they say during our vocabulary lessons.
At first, using the vocabulary words in turn and talk takes time and practice. My group this year will need some extra practice with using the vocabulary. I will be consistently checking for word use to support student thinking. Many of my students also have limited vocabularies so any practice will help them improve their comprehension.
Another area I want to assess is their ability to use the vocabulary words in the writing tasks throughout the unit. I am thinking about how to keep the vocabulary words already studied in the forefronts of their minds. It is important for students to continue practicing with the words to insure repetition.
On the Read Side by Side website, I noticed that one teacher quizzes students on word meanings. I thought about keeping my vocabulary words for each unit posted in my classroom, but I do not have enough room on my walls. So I am still thinking about a solution. I could put them on a chart that I could post in the room for student reference, or type them up for students to put in their word study folders.
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Holes by Louis Sachar is a feel-good-coming-of-age novel that middle school level students love! It is about a boy named Stanley Yelnats, whose family has had a streak of bad luck for centuries. Stanley is accused of stealing some shoes (which he did not do) and ends up at Camp Green Lake. At the camp he meets a friend named Zero, and several other shady boys. The boys spend all of their time digging holes for the warden, who we later find out is trying to find buried money from a legendary story that arises from the past. It is a story about personal growth and friendship.
It is highly effective to take a close reading passage from the book and have students analyze it by answering a list of carefully crafted sentences. A list of close reading sentences can look like this:
Philosophical chair discussions are important in that they not only teach students to take a critical look at a topic but they learn how to express their opinions and evidence about the topic effectively. A great philosophical chairs discussion topic for this book is how our actions affect others. Have students choose a side, write about their opinions using evidence from the text and share their work in an articulate manner.
A thorough final assessment can be the essay. For this particular book I would do a literary analysis or if you want to extend the philosophical chairs discussion, you can use the same topic from the philosophical chairs discussion. 2b1af7f3a8