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Holes Reading Guide

Part One (Chapters 1-28)

Date

Chapters to Read

Activities

Monday, March 31

Chapters 1-3 (read in class)

3.2 Volunatry/Involuntary Quick Write;

parallel structures

3.10 Entering Camp Green Lake - homework


Wednesday, April 2

Chapters 4-7 Homework

Have complete before class



3.11 Visualizing Sub-plot

3.12 Stanley’s Attitude (in class)



Thursday April 3

Chapters 8-12 Homework

Have complete before class



3.13 Character Analysis

3.14 Tracing Stanley’s Character



Monday, April 7

Chapters 13-18 Homework

Have complete before class


3.15 Writing a Letter Home

(Whole truth vs. telling mom)

3.16 Filling in Stanley’s Character

3.17 Noticing Zero


Wednesday,

April 9


Chapters 19-21 Read aloud in class

3.18 Hierarchy HW

Thursday, April 10

Chapter 22 Read aloud in class

3.19 Stanley & Zero CW

Friday,

April 11


Chapters 23-28 Homework

Have complete before class



3.20 Kissin’ Kate



Part Two (Chapters 29-41)

Date

Chapters to Read

Activities

Monday, April 14

Chapters 29-32 (read aloud in class)

3.19 Stanley & Zero CW Add more after reading this portion

Tuesday,

April 15


Chapters 33-38 Read aloud in class

3.22 Visualizing Vocabulary


Wednesday,

April 16


Chapters 39-41 read aloud in class

3.23 Positive/Negative Chart


Part Three (Chapters 42-50)

Date

Chapters to Read

Activities

Thursday,

April 17


Chapters 42-47

3.23 Positive/Negative Chart

Friday, April 18

Book Must be Completed before coming to class

3.25 Evolution of a Caveman (homework on Thursday night due Friday)


3.2 Changes: Voluntary and Involuntary


Voluntary

Involuntary



































Quick Write: Choose one “voluntary” change and explain why you made the change and what effect it had on you. Your teacher will direct you how to use a looping process to write this paragraph.

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Parallel Structure: Rewrite the following sentences using the information in class as a model. Pay particular attention to the punctuation and patterns of the examples.

  1. Walter needed to fill his life with activity. He also needed to fill it with talking and with dreaming. ________________________________________________________________________________

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  1. The lizard has yellow eyes and black teeth. It also has a white tongue. _______________________


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  1. Reread your quick write. Look for ideas in the writing that you can combine into one sentence using parallel structure. __________________________________________________________________

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    1. You are Entering Camp Green Lake

  1. What feelings do you get when you read the description of Camp Green Lake? ___________________

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  1. How do you think Stanley feels, seeing it for the first time? ___________________________________

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  1. How do you know that the point of view from which the story is told is omniscient? ____________

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  1. How would the story differ if Stanley were telling the story? ­­­­­­­­­­­­________________________________

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Character Analysis for Stanley Yelnats (Add to this as we read)

Text Evidence

Page #

Tells me about : appearance, actions, character’s says, others say about this character










































    1. Visualizing the Subplot

  1. What is happening in the main plot with Stanley? Summarize the main events through Chapter 6. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

  2. As you read Chapter 7, list the major incidents in Elya’s Yeltnats’s life. These incidents are part of the sub-plot in this novel. (must have 4) _____________________________________________________

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  1. In a paragraph, summarize the family myth and describe the flashback’s effect on Stanley’s self-perception. __________________________________________________________________________


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    1. Vocabulary in Context

  1. “All of them had something else in common. Despite their awful luck, they always remained hopeful… But perhaps that was part of the curse as well The first Stanley Yelnats, Stanley’s great-grandfather, had made a fortune in the stock market. He couldn’t have been too unlucky. ” Curse means___________________________________________________________________________.

  2. “Stanley took it as some kind of sign. His father had been trying to figure out a way to recycle old sneakers, and suddenly a pair of sneakers fell on top of him, seemingly out of nowhere, life a gift from God.” Sign means___________________________________________________________________.
  3. “Stanley couldn’t help but think that there was something special about the shoes, that they would somehow provide the key to his father’s invention. It was too much of a coincidence to be a mere accident. Stanley had felt like he was holding destiny’s shoes.” Coincidence means ___________


_______________________________________________________________________________ Destiny means ____________________________________________________________________.

  1. “He wondered if he had a defective shovel. He glanced helplessly at his shovel. It wasn’t defective. He was defective.” Defective means ____________________________________________________.

  2. Madame Zeroni warned that if he failed to do this, he and his descendants would be doomed for all of eternity.” Doomed means ____________________________________________________________.

After thinking about the words and completing the class activity, write a sentence using parallel structure and some of the vocabulary words to describe Stanley’s attitude toward himself. At the beginning of Holes, Stanley believes he is _______________________________________________



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    1. Character Analysis

Nickname

Boy’s Real Name

Details about the Character

The Caveman






Armpit






Magnet






Zigzag








Squid








Zero








X-Ray









Part 2: Choose one of the boys (not Stanley) and fill in the graphic organizer about that character based on what you have learned so far.
Character’s Name:_________________________________________________

What does the character look like?





What does the character do?





What does the character say?





What do the other characters say about this character?





What does the charter seem to think about Stanley?






Part 3: Think about Mr. Sir and Mr. Pendanski, the two adults Stanley has met. Look through chapters 4-9 and take notes on both characters.




Mr. Sir

Mr. Pendanski

What does the character look like?








What does the character do?








What does the character say?








What do the other characters say about this character?








What does the charter seem to think about Stanley?








    1. Tracing Stanley’s Character (chapters 1-10)

Chapters

Appearance

Actions

What Stanley Says

What Stanley Does

Chapters 1-3












Chapter 4













Chapter 5













Chapter 6













Chapters 7-8













Chapters 9-10

















    1. Writing a Letter Home (chapters 9-16)

Think about the people Stanley has come to know at camp. He might feel comfortable telling his mother the whole truth about some of them. For others, he might slightly change the truth or omit part of the truth. He doesn’t want her to worry. Complete the chart and refer to page numbers in your notes.




The Whole Truth

What Stanley Would Tell His Mother

Armpit









Magnet









Zigzag









Squid









Zero









X-Ray









Mr. Sir









Mr. Pendanski









The Warden











Part 2: Note the important incidents since Stanley’s first day at Camp Green Lake (including the page numbers). Again think about the whole truth versus what Stanley would tell his mother.

Incident

(including page #)


The Whole Truth

What Stanley Would Tell His Mother

Incident:

Mr. Sir tells Stanley he is not “in the Girl Scouts anymore.”


Page# 13

Stanley is forced to give up his own clothes to reveal he isn’t hiding anything. He is given 2 orange jumpsuits which is the only thing he is allowed to wear.


Don’t worry about my clothes or how I am doing my laundry. Mom, it’s pretty cool here at camp. They give us uniforms. Since we all have the same thing to wear, it’s like being on team.

Incident:

Page#








Incident:

Page#








Incident:

Page#








Incident:

Page#










    1. Filling in Stanley’s Character

(chapters 11-18)


Chapters

Appearance


Actions

What Stanley Says

What Stanley Does

Chapters 11-12














Chapters 13-14














Chapters 15-16














Chapters 17-18













Write a paragraph demonstrating your understanding of Stanley’s personality. Use the following to help you plan your paragraph. The paragraph will be written on separate sheet to be turned in.


Topic Sentence: __________________________________________________________________


Detail/ Text Evidence


Commentary about Detail/example 1

Detail/ Text Evidence


Commentary about Detail/example 2

Detail/ Text Evidence


Commentary about Detail/example 3

Concluding Sentence: _____________________________________________________________




    1. Noticing Zero

Quick Write: In Chapter 18, Zero asks Stanley to teach him how to read. Why do you think Zero feels comfortable enough with Stanley to reveal his secret wish? Why does Stanley turn Zero down? Can you think of any reasons other than the ones stated in the book?

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    1. The Boys of D Tent

The Social Ladder: There is clearly a hierarchy of status among the boys at Camp Green Lake; even the adults know about it.


Which boy is at the top of the hierarchy at Camp Green Lake?


How can you tell? Provide concrete details from the text.

What skills, talents, characteristics, etc., put him at the top?


How does Stanley interact with him?









Which boy is at the bottom of the hierarchy at Camp Green Lake?


How can you tell? Provide concrete details from the text.

Why is he at the bottom?

How does Stanley interact with him?










Fitting IN: Stanley begins to move from being the new arrival to being one of “The boys from D Tent.”


How can you tell that Stanley is becoming “one of the guys?” Provide text evidence.

How does Stanley seem to feel about it? How can you tell? Provide concrete details from the text.







How can you tell that Zero is not “one of the guys”? Provide text evidence.

How does Zero seem to feel about it? How can you tell? Provide concrete details from the text.









    1. Stanley & Zero

You have traced the characters of Stanly and Zero since the beginning of the novel. Now it is time to trace the change in their relationship. On the chart below, write incidents that mark a change in their friendship. Start with chapter 18 and continue through chapter 22. Give specific page numbers. The first one is done for you. After reading chapter 32, you add more notes to this chart.



Zeros’ Actions Toward Stanley

Stanley’s Actions Toward Zero

Chapter 18 (p82) – Zero asks Stanley to teach him to read

Chapter 18 (p82) Stanely says he can’t help Zero.

Chapter 21





Chapter 22













*Write a statement below about how Stanley and Zero’s relationship has changed.


    1. Kate Barlow (chapters 23-28)

You will meet new characters in a new subplot during this portion of the text. On the chart below, keep track of these characters by listing objects associated with them, things they say, things they do, and how they look. Write two precise adjectives under each name.


Character

Details

(Be sure to include the page number)

Katherine Barlow
1.
2.



Charles Walker
1.
2.





Sam
1.
2.








    1. Visualizing Vocabulary (After reading Chapter 38)

Create a picture for the following words found in text. Your drawing should convey the meaning of the word.


Quotation

(chapter and page)

Drawing

Quotation

(chapter and page)

Drawing

“No one dared to look at his grotesque face.” (Ch 24, p 105)





“Stanley cupped his hands together, and Zero stepped on his interwoven fingers.” (ch 36, p165)




“But the image of the fist and thumb remained in Stanley’s head.” (Ch 29, p 129)




“Zero had deep gashes in both hands.” (ch 36, p166)




“It was a mirage caused by the shimmering waves of heat rising off the dry ground.” (Ch 34, p 152)




“Instead they zigzagged back and forth, increasing their altitude by small increments every time they changed direction.” (Ch 37, p 167)




“It was a warm, bubbly, mushy, nectar, sweet, and tangy.” (Ch 35, p 157)





“As the ground flattened, a huge stone precipice rose up ahead of him, just barely visible in the moonlight.” (Ch 38, p171)




    1. The Lifeline (chapters 30-47)

Use this area to create the chart

3.25 Evolution of the Caveman
You have seen Stanley change in some significant ways. Think about how, and even more importantly, why Stanley has changed. Write the changes on the appropriate rows on the chart below and label each change as INTERNAL or EXTERNAL.


Involuntary Changes (no control)

Reason for Changes


1.
2.
3.






Voluntary Changes (some control)

Reason for Changes



1.
2.
3.





Part 2: Now think about Stanley’s changes in terms of their importance. List 3 or 4 of the most important changes in Stanley - the ones that are likely to change him for the rest of his life.


At the Beginning of the Novel

By the End of the Novel

1.





2.





3.





4.





Sentence Models: Use your notes from both charts to fill in the model sentences below.


  1. At the beginning of the novel Stanley was ______________________________________, but because of __________________________________________________________, he is ___________________________________________________________ by the end of the novel.

  2. At first Stanley was _________________________________________ but as a result of _________________________________, he became _____________________________ in the end.

  3. Circle the words in the preceding sentences that tell when. These are transition words. List 3 more transition words that show time. ______________________________________________________
  4. You figured out that most the changes in Stanley were caused by something in particular. Highlight the words in the sentences 1 and 2 that show cause and effect. List 3 more transitional words that show cause and effect. ____________________________________________________________________


  5. Rewrite sentence one and two summarizing the changes in Stanley as you would do in the conclusion of an essay.

    1. _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

    2. _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

  6. In conclusion, besides restating the thesis, or main idea, of an essay you may predict how these changes would affect Stanley’s future. Brainstorm ways you think the changes in Stanley will affect his life.___________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________

  7. Another way to conclude an essay, after restating your thesis, is to make a connection between the book and real life that supports your thesis. Brainstorm some connections. _____________________

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