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Holes by Louis Sachar

Pixton Lesson Plan on Holes by Louis Sachar

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Featured Layouts

When students complete the activities in this lesson plan, they will use the following comic layout types.

  • Character Map
  • Comic Strip
  • Storyboard
  • Graphic Novel
  • Mind Map
  • Plot Diagram
  • Poster

Your students will create amazing images like these in no time!

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Pixton Lesson Plan on Holes by Louis Sachar
Pixton Lesson Plan on Holes by Louis Sachar

Main Characters

Holes by Louis Sachar

When you import any of the activities below, you can choose to share these ready-made characters with your students.

  • Stanley Yelnats from Holes by Louis Sachar
    Stanley Yelnats

    The protagonist, an overweight kid with a lot of bad luck

  • Zero from Holes by Louis Sachar
    Zero

    Another camper and the best digger at Camp Green Lake

  • X-Ray from Holes by Louis Sachar
    X-Ray

    The leader of the group of boys at Camp Green Lake

  • Squid from Holes by Louis Sachar
    Squid

    A boy at the camp, often makes fun of Stanley

  • Magnet from Holes by Louis Sachar
    Magnet

    A boy at the camp who is good at stealing things

  • Armpit from Holes by Louis Sachar
    Armpit

    A boy at camp and one of X-Ray's closest companions

  • Zigzag from Holes by Louis Sachar
    Zigzag

    The weirdest boy at Camp Green Lake, according to Stanley

  • Warden from Holes by Louis Sachar
    Warden

    A cruel authority figure at Camp Green Lake

  • Kate Barlow from Holes by Louis Sachar
    Kate Barlow

    An outlaw who robbed Stanley's great- grandfather

  • Sam from Holes by Louis Sachar
    Sam

    Kate Barlow's lover

  • Charles Walker from Holes by Louis Sachar
    Charles Walker

    The son of the richest family in Green Lake a hundred years ago

  • Elya Yelnats from Holes by Louis Sachar
    Elya Yelnats

    Stanley's great-great-grandfather

  • Madame Zeroni from Holes by Louis Sachar
    Madame Zeroni

    The great-great-great-grandmother of Hector Zeroni

  • Stanley Yelnats I from Holes by Louis Sachar
    Stanley Yelnats I

    Stanley's great-grandfather

  • Mrs. Yelnats from Holes by Louis Sachar
    Mrs. Yelnats

    Stanley's mother

  • Mr. Yelnats from Holes by Louis Sachar
    Mr. Yelnats

    Stanley’s father, an unlucky inventor

  • Mr. Sir from Holes by Louis Sachar
    Mr. Sir

    One of the mean counselors at Camp Green Lake

  • Mr. Pendanski from Holes by Louis Sachar
    Mr. Pendanski

    In charge of tent D, Stanley's tent at Camp Green Lake

  • Clyde Livingston from Holes by Louis Sachar
    Clyde Livingston

    The baseball player whose shoes Stanley is accused of stealing

  • Derrick Dunne from Holes by Louis Sachar
    Derrick Dunne

    The bully from Stanley's school

Featured Props

Holes by Louis Sachar

Student creations come alive with these themed objects – in addition to our library of over 3,000 props!

  • Backpack
    Backpack
  • Canyon
    Canyon
  • Ground
    Ground
  • Hole
    Hole
  • Lizard
    Lizard
  • Onion
    Onion
  • Onion
    Onion
  • Shovel
    Shovel
  • Suitcase
    Suitcase
  • Sun
    Sun
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Teacher Guide

Holes by Louis Sachar

Step 1Class discussion with students

Pre-reading discussion questions:

  • Do you believe in curses? What are some famous curses we know from movies?
  • Has anyone ever been to a summer camp? What was it like? Think about the people, the place, the rules, etc.
  • Think of your best friend. What is it about this person that makes them your friend?
Step 2Pixton comic-making activities
  • Make a Character Map
    Character Map

    Begin at the start of the novel, and make additions throughout the unit.

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  • Make a Graphic Novel, Comic Strip, or ...
    Symbols

    Complete at the end of the novel.

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  • Make a Plot Diagram
    Conflict and Plot

    Complete at the end of the novel.

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  • Extension / Modification
    Poster (Extension / Modification)

    Create a wanted Poster for one of the characters in the book, including what they are wanted for.

Step 3Concluding discussion with students
  • How does Stanley’s character change while he is at Camp Green Lake? Do you think your personality would change if you were there? If so, how?
  • How might Stanley’s life have changed if he did not look for Zero?
  • Why does Stanley finally like himself? What causes this to happen?
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Pixton Activity: Holes 1 Character Map

Featured Layouts

  • Character Map

Intro

Understanding who the characters are is an important skill that will help create connections with the plot. The characteristics that make up the main character and other characters help shape the outcome of the narrative.

Instructions

Create three Character Maps, one for Stanley, as well as one for each of your two favorite characters.

  • It's important to add as many details as you can to all the parts of the map.
  • Include an appropriate illustration based on the characters' attributes that are outlined in the novel.

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

Rubric: Character Map

Use this interactive rubric for easy, thorough assessment. It can even be used by students for self-assessment!

5 4 3 2 1
Overview The character map is fully developed with details that add significant meaning. The character map is complete; descriptions and details are thoughtful and accurate. The character map is complete; descriptions are basic, but accurate. The character map is incomplete; basic descriptions with little relevant details. The character map is incomplete; descriptions are short or inaccurate.
Meaning Ideas, information and use of detail • strong point of view
• develops ideas clearly and logically with details, examples, and descriptions
• significant details that make characters unique and dynamic
• relevant ideas with consistent analysis
• logical descriptions or examples clarify and develop the ideas
• characters are similar; includes relevant details
• relevant ideas with some analysis
• examples or descriptions are simple and consistent
• characters similar to description
• few relevant ideas
• examples or descriptions may be poorly developed or illogical
• characters vaguey looks like description
• ideas are not developed
• few details or descriptions
• characters do not look like description
Style Clarity, variety, impact of visuals and language • language is clear, varied
• flows smoothly; variety in sentences
• images and characters are fully developed; high attention to detail
• language is clear with some variety
• includes a variety of sentence lengths and patterns
• images and characters have purpose and significance
• language is appropriate; lacks variety
• basic sentence structures with a few variations
• images and characters are basic, but have purpose
• simple language; vague and lacks purpose
• repeats a few basic sentence structures
• images and characters have minimal development
• inappropriate use of language
• poorly constructed sentences; little variety
• images and characters are poorly developed
Form Organization and sequence • proper organization
• panels are thoughtful and detailed
• all panels are organized or logical
• all panels are present
• most panels are organized or logical
• all panels are present
• some panels are organized or logical
• some panels may be missing
• panels are not organized or logical
• panels are missing
Conventions Complete sentences, spelling, punctuation, grammar (e.g.,
use of pronouns; agreement; verb tense
• correct sentence structure, grammar, spelling and punctuation; may include some errors in complex structures • few errors in basic sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar; errors do not interfere with meaning • occasional errors in sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar; errors rarely interfere with meaning • several errors in sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar; errors may make parts hard to follow • repeated errors in basic sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar often make the writing hard to understand
Total
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Pixton Activity: Holes 2 Symbols

Featured Layouts

  • Comic Strip
  • Storyboard
  • Graphic Novel
  • Mind Map

Intro

There are many important symbols in this novel, including:

  • Onions
  • Yellow Spotted Lizards
  • Holes

Instructions

Choose one of the symbols above and create a four-panel comic including:

  • What it symbolizes
  • Why it’s important
  • An important quote regarding that symbol

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

Rubric: Symbols

Use this interactive rubric for easy, thorough assessment. It can even be used by students for self-assessment!

5 4 3 2 1
Overview The symbolism is thoughtfully explained with effective use of examples. The symbolism is clearly identified; examples are appropriate. The symbolism is fully identified; limited use of relevant examples. The symbolism is briefly identified; examples are vague,or poorly developed. The symbolism is not identified; no use of supporting examples.
Meaning Ideas, information and use of detail • strong point of view
• develops ideas clearly and logically with details, examples, and descriptions
• relevant ideas with consistent analysis
• logical descriptions or examples clarify and develop the ideas
• relevant ideas with some analysis
• examples or descriptions are simple and consistent
• few relevant ideas
• examples or descriptions may be poorly developed or illogical
• ideas are not developed
• few details or descriptions
Style Clarity, variety, impact of visuals and language • language is clear, varied
• flows smoothly; variety in sentences
• images and characters are fully developed; high attention to detail
• language is clear with some variety
• includes a variety of sentence lengths and patterns
• images and characters have purpose and significance
• language is appropriate; lacks variety
• basic sentence structures with a few variations
• images and characters are basic, but have purpose
• simple language; vague and lacks purpose
• repeats a few basic sentence structures
• images and characters have minimal development
• inappropriate use of language
• poorly constructed sentences; little variety
• images and characters are poorly developed
Form Organization and sequence • proper organization
• examples are properly referenced
• panels are thoughtful and detailed
• all panels are organized or logical
• examples are properly referenced
• all panels are present
• most panels are organized or logical
• examples are properly referenced
• all panels are present
• some panels are organized or logical
• examples are not/improperly referenced
• some panels may be missing
• panels are not organized or logical
• examples are not referenced
• panels are missing
Conventions Complete sentences, spelling, punctuation, grammar (e.g.,
use of pronouns; agreement; verb tense
• correct sentence structure, grammar, spelling and punctuation; may include some errors in complex structures • few errors in basic sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar; errors do not interfere with meaning • occasional errors in sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar; errors rarely interfere with meaning • several errors in sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar; errors may make parts hard to follow • repeated errors in basic sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar often make the writing hard to understand
Total
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Pixton Activity: Holes 3 Conflict and Plot

Featured Layouts

  • Plot Diagram

Instructions

Summarize the novel in a six-panel Plot Diagram.

  • Include a brief description and an illustration for each point of the plot diagram (introduction, rising action, climax, falling action, conclusion), as well as for the main conflict.

  • Be sure to identify the key points that are essential in defining each specific act.

  • Think about relevant quotes that could be used to help create meaning in each panel.

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

Rubric: Conflict and Plot

Use this interactive rubric for easy, thorough assessment. It can even be used by students for self-assessment!

5 4 3 2 1
Overview The plot diagram is focused, with advanced use of language/ideas. The plot diagram is accurate, well developed, with consistent use of details. The plot diagram is complete and accurate; lacks consistent use of specific details. The plot diagram is basic; has several errors,or lacks detail. The plot diagram is inaccurate and difficult to follow.
Meaning Ideas, information and use of detail • strong point of view
• summary is clear and highly detailed
• descriptions are thoughtful and highly developed
• relevant ideas with consistent analysis
• summary is clear and accurate
• logical descriptions that clarify and develop the idea
• relevant ideas with some analysis
• summary is short, but accurate
• descriptions are simple and consistent
• some relevant ideas
• summary has several errors
• descriptions are brief and lack detail
• often very brief
• summary is has significant errors
• descriptions are difficult to follow
Style Clarity, variety, impact of visuals and language • varies language to develop meaning
• varies sentence structure for effect
• images and characters have impact on the meaning of the panel
• language is clear with some variety
• varies sentence structure
• makes attempts to use descriptive language
• images and characters have purpose and significance
• language is clear with little variety
• basic sentence structure with a few variations
• images and characters are basic, but have purpose
• basic language; vague at times
• some variety in sentence length and type
• images and characters have minimal development
• vague, incorrect and repetitive language
• poorly constructed sentences; little variety
• images and characters are poorly developed
Form Organization and sequence (beginning, middle, end) • proper organization
• sequence is highly effective and has purpose
• all panels are thoughtful and detailed
• all panels are organized or logical
• logical sequence
• all panels are present
• most panels are organized or logical
• consistent attention to sequence
• all panels are present
• some panels are organized or logical
• some attention to sequence
• some panels may be missing
• panels are not organized or logical
• no attention to sequence
• panels are missing
Conventions The text demonstrates standard English conventions of usage and mechanics • demonstrates precise English conventions
• uses eloquent words, rich sensory language and mood to convey a realistic picture
• demonstrates precise English conventions
• uses precise words, controlled sensory language and mood to convey a realistic picture
• demonstrates standard English conventions
• uses words and phrases, telling details and sensory language to convey a vivid picture
• demonstrates some accuracy in standard English conventions of usage and mechanics • contains multiple inaccuracies in Standard English conventions of usage and mechanics
Total

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Conflict and Plot in “Cinderella” by Pixton
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