Holes by Louis Sachar
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Writing about the Warden
Students unveil the villainess within the warden using an essay planning sheet. There's advice on using quotations, a formal essay style and discourse markers too.
Who are you most like in Holes?
An interactive Choices whizzy activity. Students answer a number of multiple choice questions to determine which character they're most like! There is also a Word document and PDF available.
Character cards and 'Connect four'
These character cards are a lovely starting point for role-play work and help students get to know the characters from the novel in more detail.
Defend Zero! A lovely speaking and listening post-reading activity.
Holes wordsearch - teacher's sheet
The answers to the wordsearch.
A useful 'filler' that also helps students to remember character names in Holes. Teacher's answer sheet is available.
Showing and telling
Detailed plans and guidance on examining Sachar's simple, 'telling' style of writing.
Camp Green Lake ID card
A useful ID card template.
Themes and character in Holes
A handy template for exploring themes and an analysis of Camp Green Lake's effects on Stanley.
Explaining character in Holes
Explaining character in Holes using evidence from a text.
Studying the Holes film trailer
A worksheet to accompany watching the trailer to Holes.
A scheme of work for year 8
Including teaching ideas (starter - development - plenary etc), objectives and some interesting resources.
Lesson plan for starter activity.
Describe the main characters.
What happened while Stanley and Zero were on the mountain?
Kissin' Kate's Obituary
Holes (The movie)
Design the movie poster.
Complete the table with details.
Write extracts from Kate's diary using information and prompt questions.
Write one of Madame Zeroni's amazing stories.
Holes in Holes!
Some questions to get you thinking about holes in the story.
Camp Green Lake Incident Report
Complete an official report using this writing frame and proforma.
Green Lake Informer
Produce an edition of this newspaper, after the events at the school house.
Dear Mom, Dear Stanley
Write the letter Stanley writes home in Chapter 9, and his mom's reply.