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6 - 3

HOLES | Novel Study & Character Analysis


Novel Study Project 

6-3 ELA will complete a 3-part Novel Study for the text Holes as the end of year project. This project will require students to complete a comprehensive novel study, written piece, and an experimental activity.

Novel study- students will incorporate the comprehension skills that they have been working on throughout the year, continue building their vocabulary, and complete periodic comprehension assessments.

Written piece – Students will write an alternate ending for the novel. 

Experimental activity – Students will complete a cross-content activity: Think about an important decision that a character made in the book. Interview at least 10 people asking if they agree or disagree with the character’s decision. Make a graph to display your data. (MATH & ELA).

Time Frame: 7 weeks

Standards Addressed:

  • 6.RL.2. Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text; provide an objective summary of the text
  • 6.RL.4. Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text. including figurative and connotative meanings
  • 6.RL.6. Analyze how an author develops and contrasts the points of view of different characters or narrators in a text
  • 6.W.4. Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
  • 6.SL.1. Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions with diverse partners on grade 7 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly
  • 6.L.4. Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grade 7 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies

Overall Objectives:

    • read and analyze provided chapter readings and determine the correct plot line along with character analysis
    • write responses to readings
    • write concise summaries of provided readings
    • apply understanding of cause and effect relationships
    • understand different points of views
    • determine meaning of given vocabulary by applying comprehension skills
    • construct a short list of interview questions pertaining to story characters
    • analyze “Holes” after reading the entirety of the novel and evaluate their understanding
    • apply comprehension to a final novel study project after conducting interview
    • plug in data gathered from peer interviews  

Lessons and Assessments:

** Discussion will take place every day about the required reading with a response journal and comprehension lesson each week. Students will have a folder with all of their information from the book included for use as a resource for the final project.

** Reading Responses will be scored to factor grade into final project  

** After each reading, students will be required to make predictions.

** Think of a creative list of questions that students can ask peers

** Have a clear understanding of each character within the novel

** Graph all data in a presentation format



Introduction: Scope & Sequence

Chapters 1-10  


Chapters 1-3: Summary Writing

  • Students will work together to determine key ideas from chapters 1-3 and thoughts will be recorded on the board. Students will work together to narrow the thoughts down to key ideas and create a summary.  Each student will be able to write their own summary.
  • Assessment: Students will write a summary of their reading.


Chapters 4-7: Vocabulary

  • Go over vocabulary words in class and have students share their sentences.
  • Students will play the game “Password” to study vocabulary words. Students will be divided into two teams. Each round, one student from each team will face away from the board. Write one vocabulary word on the board.  Teams alternate giving one word clues to their teammate. The person who guesses the word first, gains a point for their team.


Chapters 8-10: Characterization

  • Students will be able to pick a partner of their choice to complete the provided worksheet. After 10 minutes, the students will come together to make corrections to the classroom character chart.


Chapters 11-14: Fact versus Fiction

  • Ask students if Camp Green Lake is anything like what Stanley thought it was going to be.  Have them back up their answers with explanations.

Chapters 15-17: Vocabulary

  • Go over vocabulary words in class and have students share their sentences.
  • Students will answer trivia questions from Holes and answer with the correct vocabulary word.


Chapters 18-21: Character Analysis

  • Students will be placed in groups. Each group will be given a character to analyze. After ten minutes, Students will come together and present each character to class to make corrections to the classroom character chart. The students will be analyzing Stanley Yelnats, Zero, the Warden, X-Ray, and Mr. Pendanski. The students will be using a Character map to analyze the characters.


Chapters 22-24: Cause and Effect

  • An event will be written on the board, the students will have to think of a cause of the event.
  • Students will be placed in small groups to discuss the effects


Chapters 25-28: Types of Conflict

  • Ask students what type of conflict they have gone through in their lives. Ask what types of conflicts have occurred so far in holes and to the characters.


Chapters 29-31: Point of View Activity

  • Assessment: Students will be given the question “Why is point of view important?” in the novel, HOLES.


Chapters 32-35: Vocabulary

  • Go over vocabulary words in class and have students share their sentences.
  • Start to formulate interview questions that will be used for peer interviews.


Chapters 36-38: Irony

  •  Explain to students what irony is and why authors use the technique often in literature.
  • Ask students if they found any other irony within the book so far. Have students start discussions dealing with characters from the book that will help them draw out conclusions on a graph.  


Chapters 39-42: Title Significance

  • Refresh students’ minds on summary writing. Ask students what significance a title has not only in a book but also for each individual chapter.


Chapters 43-45: Vocabulary

  • Go over vocabulary words in class and have students share their sentences.


Chapters 46-48: Plot Development

  • Ask students what their favorite movies and/or books are.  Have each students explain why they like that particular example. Talk about what a plot is and what role the characters play.
  • Talk with students about how the story would be different without a climax and why the climax is important.


Chapters 49-50: Filling in the Holes and a look back at character analysis predictions  

  • Have students talk about their favorite moments of Holes.
  • Have students pull out predictions and see if any of their predictions came true.
  • Allow students time to conduct peer interviews.
  • Full novel recap
  • Finish graphing character information to conclude final project.