This Holes Novel Study Unit includes comprehension questions for reading response, a literature guide, vocabulary, and more for the book Holes by Louis Sachar. Using student-friendly printable and digital formatting, this Holes Novel Unit is perfect for teaching literature groups or working with book clubs. Daily comprehension requires students to focus on text analysis and responding to literature, and the vocabulary focus builds word knowledge and academic vocabulary.
This no-fluff Holes book study engages students, but it doesn't overwhelm your readers with countless chapter questions that just require them to regurgitate the text.
Standards-aligned & perfect for novel studies, small group book clubs or lit circles, independent reading, or as a way to monitor and teach during read-aloud. The new digital version is perfect for guided students through the process during home learning.
Your download includes:
✔Daily comprehension prompts in 3 formats for differentiation
- Foldable trifold brochures
- Cut & paste journal prompts for interactive notebooks
- Google Slides
✔ Weekly word of the day flip books for text-based vocabulary
✔ Easy-to-follow directions for printing & prep
✔ Instructional planning guide
✔ Answer keys
1) Student comprehension practice (up to 25 instructional days)
- Each day's work focuses on a single standards-based comprehension skill
- Short, written responses include opportunities to apply thinking to text
- Designed with reluctant and struggling learners in mind
- Built-in graphic organizers to support skill acquisition
- Approachable questions help make connections & start conversations
- No boring multiple-choice or fill-in-the-blank questions!
- Available in both printable trifolds and as Google Slides
2) Approachable practice with key reading standards and skills including:
- Text analysis and responding to literature
- Exploring character traits & development through events of the plot
- Making inferences and drawing conclusions based on text clues
- Distinguishing cause & effect relationships.
- Generating main ideas and a summary of key events
- Analyzing point of view & its impact on the reader.
- And so much more!
3) Text-based & academic vocabulary
- One target word identified for each day's reading
- In the daily slide with an embedded link to an online thesaurus
- Includes opportunity to generate a personal definition and use the word in context
- Fosters connections between vocabulary knowledge through synonyms and antonyms
- Opportunities to make connections to academic vocabulary for daily skills
4) Teacher support materials
- Unit scope & sequence lays out the day's comprehension & vocabulary focus
- Answer Keys for all comprehension activities
- Tips for preparation and implementation
- Instructions for digital Google Drive version
*Digital Access Note: This resource includes digital access via GOOGLE SLIDES. For the digital versions, you will need Internet access and a free Google account OR Google Classroom. Learners will work on computers or iPads. Upon purchasing, you will download documents containing links to the digital files, along with easy-to-follow instructions that will get you started in minutes! These are easily shared digitally between you and your students.
How Novel Units from Differentiated Teaching Work...
▸ Teachers can introduce the day's vocabulary word & discuss it before reading.
▸ Students complete just one section of the trifold or a single Google Slide each day.
▸ Daily work focuses on target skills needed for success in reading vs. plot recall.
▸ The low-pressure format provides novelty & encourages student engagement
▸ Less overwhelming to reluctant readers and writers
▸ Requires deep analysis and application of text-based knowledge
▸ Encourages discussion about skills & strategies
Here's why teachers love these novel units...
♥ My students were thrilled that I was moving them to novels instead of the same old reading anthologies that they've been using forever. These allow me to teach the exact same skills that those cookie-cutter curriculum programs are teaching but, I can do it with meaningful novels, not just excerpts and short stories most of my students find ridiculous or boring!
♥ This has helped me so much in teaching Holes to my students this year. Other resources overwhelm students with too much vocabulary and literal comprehension questions but these slides give students one vocabulary word for each chapter and a grade-level higher-order comprehension skill to practice.
♥ My students and I LOVED this resource! It applies so well to the 4th grade standards. We read through the entire novel and did this novel study alongside. I also love that there is the Google Slides option because I like to use as little paper in my classroom as possible. This book is fantastic and I'm so happy there's a novel study to match it's perfection!
♥ I love how simple and consistent this product is. My students enjoyed using the bookmark to keep track of their reading. I really liked the calendar that broke down the different elements of the book; it made lesson planning EASY!
Here's what homeschool families have to say about the novel studies...
★ I LOVE the layout and how it guides my son and I through our reading time. As a homeschool parent, I still wanted to give him that opportunity to discuss and grapple with the text and I love this quick format as a brochure. I also love the vocab focus for each section and the skill listed so I can monitor his understanding of these as we move through a variety of texts this year. - Antonia S.
★ My kids LOVED this book companion. The vocabulary was rich, and I liked the focus on one word a day. I also liked that they had to use context clues rather than dictionary definitions... The tasks were a great review of skills I covered throughout the year. Parent-friendly and easy to implement. - Corinne M.
★ I am a homeschool mom and my daughter is enjoying the book and I am loving that she is able to respond to the reading through various aspects and not just answer questions. She is more engaged in her reading and asks more questions after she completes each task. - Terri B.
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