Holes - teaching resource

Holes Teaching Resources

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Holes - Unit of Work 

‘Holes’ is a 23 lesson KS2/3 unit of work containing a 161-slide PowerPoint and 20 PDF worksheets. This engaging scheme of work explores the novel chapter by chapter, analysing its plot, characters, themes, language and historical context through a range of learning activities. Depending on students’ ability, these teaching resources can be used with either a Year 6 (upper KS2) or Year 7 / Year 8 (lower KS3) group as a whole class text or as part of a guided reading programme.

Our Holes unit includes KS2/3 planning (a 23-lesson step-by-step unit of work overview), a fully editable PowerPoint teaching resource and accompanying PDF worksheets.

Activities contained in the lessons include:

- Exploring the historical and social context of Holes - youth detention in the USA and boot camps 

- Engaging chapter by chapter novel study activities to consolidate understanding as learners read through the book

- Reading comprehension questions to assess students’ knowledge of plot, character, language, and themes

- Analysis of the characters of Stanley Yelnats, Zero, the Warden, Mr Sir, Mr Pendanski, Kissin’ Kate Barlow and Sam

- Exploration of the key themes of crime and punishment, friendship and redemption

- Developing the key reading skills of inference and deduction

- Using P.E.E. Point/Evidence/Explain to write about Holes in detail

- Analysis of Sachar's use of language and techniques such as narrative hooks, building tension and setting the scene (Camp Green Lake)

- Role play - hot-seating to aid understating of characters

- Developing understanding of key characters through empathy writing activities

- Plus many more reading and writing activities and opportunities 

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