Holes Novel Study - Common Core Aligned Teaching Guide
Holes Novel Study - Common Core Aligned Teaching Guide
Holes Novel Study - Common Core Aligned Teaching Guide
Holes Novel Study - Common Core Aligned Teaching Guide
Holes Novel Study - Common Core Aligned Teaching Guide

Holes Novel Study - Common Core Aligned Teaching Guide

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This 163-page novel study unit for Louis Sachar's Holes includes fully-reproducible student coursework, activities, quizzes, tests, and much more. Aligned to Common Core State Standards and NCTE/IRA National ELA Standards for 6th through 8th grade. Perfect for student-directed distance learning or homeschooling, however, this product is a PDF only and will need modification for use in Google Classroom.

Designed to require as much or as little teacher instruction or intervention as you desire. Lessons and activities are clear, and provide students with full explanation on how to complete activities (giving examples and providing mini-lessons whenever possible), requiring little to no explanation or detailed instruction from the teacher. In many cases, students will be able to self-direct their study and completion of work according to your requirements, making it perfect for distance learning.

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Here's what Todd P. said about this Holes unit: I have just started teaching 6th grade this year and I had always loved this story so I knew I wanted to teach it. This companion piece made it so meaningful and worthwhile for all involved. I will use it for years to come ! Thanks... It was one less thing I had to worry and stress over.

This Holes Literature Guide includes:

  • Informational text focus:
    • Article and writing activity on author Louis Sachar
    • Historical Context - Building Background informational article and questions
  • Handout on the Elements of Fiction, questions and graphic organizer
  • Activating Prior Knowledge Pre-Reading Activity
  • Complete list of Allusions and Unique Expressions, defined
  • Vocabulary lists both with and without definitions
  • Note-Taking and Summarizing Activities for each section (every 3-5 Chapters)
  • Comprehension Check/Study Guide questions for each section
  • Literature Standards Focus activities on:
    • Character Relationships
    • Flashback
    • Characterization
    • Inference
    • Conflict/Tension
    • Setting as Character
    • Imagery
    • Character Motivation
    • Elements of Plot
  • Language Standards Focus activities on:
    • Hyphen, Colon, and Semi-Colon
    • Pronoun/ Antecedent Reference
    • Capitalization
    • Using Varied Sentence Structure
    • Apostrophe Use
    • Verb Tenses-Particles
    • Denotation/Connotation
    • Precise Word Choice
    • Proofreading
  • Just For Fun! Palindromes and Anagrams
  • Reading Quizzes for each section (3-5 chapters)
  • Part I, Part II Section Tests
  • 4 Vocabulary Section Tests
  • Two Final Test versions--one entirely multiple choice
  • Novel Summary
  • List of Pre-Reading Ideas and Activities
  • List of Post-Reading Ideas and Activities
  • List of Alternative Assessment and Extension Activities
  • List of Essay and Writing Ideas
  • Two Project Rubrics
  • Response to Literature Rubric
  • Sample Agenda, including special notes for teaching
  • Complete Answer Key

Kelani Karnes said: This Literature guide was fantastic!! This really saved me some time when doing Holes with my kiddos!! Tests, questions, vocabulary and activities were great!!

Please note that this product is available as a PDF download only.