Holes - Study Guide

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Grade Range: 5-8

Setting: Modern USA, Imaginative

Genre: Modern Classic

Page Count: 70 + Answer Key

Approximate Completion Time: 9-10 weeks

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Stanley's family never has any luck, and they jokingly blame it on his no-good-dirty-rotten-pig-stealing great-great-grandfather. Accused and convicted of a crime he did not commit, Stanley Yelnats is sentenced and sent to Camp Green Lake, a juvenile detention camp. But there is no lake at Camp Green Lake; only a dried-up Texas lake bed. Every morning, the boys at Camp Green Lake are sent out to the lake bed where they are made to dig a hole five feet deep and five feet wide. "You're digging to build character," the counselors tell Stanley, but it soon becomes clear that he and the other boys at Camp Green Lake are being made to look for something - something that the camp's warden wants.
The warden's secret, the history of Green Lake, the Wild West, and Stanley's own family history all fit together like pieces of a puzzle as choices made in the past continue to have an effect on the present. Soon, Stanley's very life depends on his own choices and events that happened over 100 years ago!

Progeny Press English/Language Arts curriculum provides your Middle School grade student with:

About the Author: Discover the life and literary works of Louis Sachar.
Boost your vocabulary with various engaging activities designed to promote memory and development.
Literary Techniques:
Review the art of literary techniques including protagonists, characterization nuances, the beauty of irony, palindromes, grammar intricacies, flashback and foreshadowing techniques, the power of repetition, personification, contextual understanding, dictionary usage, simile and metaphor analysis, symbolism exploration, synonyms and antonyms, poetic justice, dynamic and static character analysis, linear and non-linear storytelling, and motif identification. 
Moral Lessons and Character Values:
Discuss lessons of hope, understanding God's plans, fatalism, the essence of self-determination, the impact of first impressions, the consequences of gossip, the power of encouragement, and the recognition of consequences.
Activities and Writing Assignments: 
Further your studies with a variety of activities and writing assignments. From exploring family history and prisons to engaging in math and class discussions, decoding Pig Latin, conducting research on Civil Rights, studying onions and inventions, solving crosswords, participating in various writing activities, exploring physical education, delving into science, and engaging in artistic endeavors, these activities enrich understanding and engagement.
Suggestions for Further Reading: 
Extend your reading horizons with a reading list of books by the same author(s) and other books that tie in with, or are similar to, Holes by Louis Sachar.

All of Progeny Press' Language Arts unit lessons are written from a Christian worldview!

Features and Benefits of a Progeny Press ELA study guide

Printed Workbook Format

  • Large 8.5x11 format is convenient to read and easy on Middle School student's eyes
  • Every question in our novel unit study has plenty of whitespace for middle school level student answers
  • Encourages neat and clean handwriting practice
  • Easily transports without the need for a laptop or other expensive equipment
  • Provides a permanent record of the middle school student’s work
  • Complete, removable answer key included for the teacher to make grading simple!

CD Format

  • Contains the complete study guide in universally compatible PDF format (works on Mac AND Windows)
  • No costly software purchases necessary
  • PDf files open in the FREE Adobe Reader program.
    Note: Mobile devices may require an alternative app that supports and saves fillable form fields and interactive features.
  • Upgraded, fillable form fields allow the student the opportunity to complete their work on the computer, saving you printing costs
  • Conveniently print what you need, when you need it:
    • Print the whole ELA study guide at once
    • Print single literature lessons or pages as the student completes them
    • Print multiple copies of the entire curriculum study guide for classroom sets
  • PDF format makes it easy to use with multiple students
  • Complete answer key PDF file included for the teacher to make grading simple!

Formatted with your Middle School grade student in mind, Progeny Press language arts study guides divide the book into writing assignments and lessons that strengthen their reading comprehension, vocabulary, and refine their critical analysis and writing skills. Each Progeny Press novel study accomplishes all of this without busy work that can drain the fun out of reading and literature! Kids have loved using Progeny Press ELA curriculum in homeschool, co-ops, and private schools around the world for over 30 years!

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    1 Reviews

  • Posted by Angela Fang on 13th Aug 2015


    I highly recommend this study guide for Holes.

    Questions are well-designed in leading students to review the important events and plots of the novel. There are also questions focusing on literary devices, which are very useful for beginners. In conclusion, this study guide helps me to have a great time teaching this novel so I highly recommend this well-constructed study guide to anyone who wants to teach Holes.