Unit Plan

Educator's Guide: Holes

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You'll be a star at your next grade level meeting with an educational unit on Louis Sachar's Holes. Based on both the novel and film, the lessons include applications to language arts with character studies and movie reviews; social studies with research on Jim Crow laws and westward expansion; and science with interesting articles on reptiles, amphibians, and the desert biome.


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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Teach the resource as a cross-curricular unit, with social studies, science, and language arts teachers working at the same time to reinforce skills
  • Show the film after your class reads the book, and work on comparing the ways different events and characters are portrayed
Classroom Considerations
  • Student worksheets are in color, making them difficult to print and copy in black and white; be sure to change the background color before printing
  • Provides an introduction by the book's author and film's director
  • Comes with inks to additional resources for each activity
  • None