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Click here for a sample section of the Holes Study Guide!     Check out the E-Guide version, available immediately!       Get the book Holes HERE

Newbery Medal Winner 1999, National Book Award 1998, William Allen White Children's Book Award, Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children's Book Award, Christopher Award, ALA Notable Book, Horn Book Fanfare, New York Times Notable Children's Book, School Library Journal Best, Publishers Weekly Notable Children's Book of the Year.

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!

Through Louis Sachar's clever yarn and tall tale, students will learn:

About the Author: Learn about Louis Sachar.

Vocabulary words used throughout the novel, utilizing a variety of activities to stimulate retention and growth.

Literary Techniques: Protagonist, characterization, irony, palindrome, grammar, flashback, foreshadow, repetition, personification, in context, dictionary, simile, metaphor, symbol, synonym, antonym, poetic justice, dynamic, static, linear, non-linear, motif. 

Moral Lessons and Character Values: Hope, God's plans, fatalism, self-determination, first impressions, gossip, encouragement, consequences.

Activities and Writing Assignments: Family history, prisons, math, class discussions, Pig Latin, research, Civil Rights, onions, inventions, crossword, writing, physical education, science, art.

Suggestions for Further Reading:  We include a wonderful reading list of more books by the same author(s) and other books that tie in with, or are similar to, Holes by Louis Sachar.

All of the unit lessons are written from a Christian worldview!

Features and Benefits of the study guide

Printed Workbook Format

  • Large 8.5x11 format is convenient to read and easy on the eyes
  • Every question has plenty of whitespace for student’s 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 student’s work
  • Convenient, removable answer key included for the teacher!

  CD Format

  • Provides the study guide in universally compatible PDF format (works on Mac AND Windows)
  • No costly software purchases necessary
  • Our Interactive Study Guide should be opened with the FREE Adobe Readerprogram. With the interactive feature, students have the capability of entering their answers directly on the computer and saving their work in progress.
    Note: Mobile Devices/Tablets may require alternative app that supports and saves fillable form fields.
  • Or choose to conveniently print what you need, when you need it:
    • Print the whole guide at once
    • Print single lessons or pages as the student completes them
    • Print multiple copies of the entire guide for classroom sets
  • Easy to use with multiple students
  • Complete separate answer key file included for the teacher!
Recommended Grade Level:
5-8
Setting:
Contemporary Texas, Old Wild West, USA
Workbook ISBN:
978-1-58609-337-2
CD ISBN:
978-1-58609-584-0
Study Guide Author:
Andrew Clausen
For the Book By:
Louis Sachar
Study Guide Page Count:
80 pages

Reviews

  • 5
    I highly recommend this study guide for Holes.

    Posted by Angela Fang on 13th Aug 2015

    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.