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Holes Lesson Plans

Updated on March 28, 2017

Teach Holes in Class

Welcome to the Holes lesson plans page. This site has been put together to help teachers find effective classroom guides that were created to accommodate them in teaching their class with the book Holes. The classroom guides are a collection of the very best Holes teaching resources found across the internet.

We certainly hope visitors and teachers will gain a new awareness of the helpfulness of these particular resources, and after close examination, notice how the Holes unit can save them time, and frustration that usually comes from having to plan a whole semester's worth of lessons.

These resources are suitable for all whom are interested in teaching their kids or their students either standards-based lessons, or simple non-standards based lessons with the book Holes, by Louis Sachar. This page provides details about Holes and various Holes lesson plans, and explains how the resource can assist teachers in using the Holes Lesson Plans for implementing behavior and/or character-based activities in their classroom instruction. Please continue you on if you have an interest in teaching Holes.

Holes by Louis Sachar

In 1998 Louis Sachar wrote the Newbery Medal-winning novel, Holes. The book has been adapted into a screenplay for the 2003 Walt Disney Pictures film. The story surrounds Stanley Yelnats, who is under a curse. Stanley's curse all started when his great-great grandfather stole a pig from the gypsy madam Zeroni; a curse that has since followed multiple generations of Yelnats. The story begins when Stanley has been unjustly sent to a boys' detention center, Camp Green Lake, for "stealing" a pair of shoes. Camp Green Lake is the unjust detention center where the warden makes the boys "build character" by having them spend all day, every day, digging holes. After a couple of months, Stanley begins to realize that there is something suspicious about the warden's need for holes. Stanley's hunch, is that there is a lot more than character improvement going on at Camp Green Lake, but he will be shocked to find how integral he is in this adventurous, intertwining tale of growing to believe in one's self and creating your own destiny.

Character Based Lesson Plans - Ready-to-Use Character Education Lesson Plans for Holes

Louis Sachar's Holes plus the classroom, equals a semester long ready-to-use resource called Holes Lesson Plans. This is a curriculum designed with a particular focus on character-building activities as well as work place standards. This is a characteristic that can not be found very easily anywhere. Each lesson is based on an assigned section of the book, and contains a character building activity that includes a journal entry. Each lesson is also designed to entice student suggestions and encourage group discussions.

The Holes unit is geared towards students in middle and high schools, but can easily be modified for students both older and younger. It is written as semester spanning lesson plan unit, but it can also be expanded by extending the final research project. This curriculum is also based on workplace standards. Throughout the course, students will build a personal résumé, develop anti-bullying skills, and create a definition of character. They will also research and create a family tree, to help them reflect on the importance of family much like Stanley does in Holes.

Quality Instruction + Quality Lesson Plans =

Quality Educational Experience

Well-designed lesson plans typically reflect the interests and needs of the students. They also incorporate the best practices for the educational field. The well-designed lesson plan correlates with the teacher's philosophy of education, which is the aspect that demonstrates what a teacher deems most important in the educating of their students.

These particular lesson plans will assist the teacher in conveying the values related to character to their students. Allowing teachers to seamlessly integrate the principles of responsibility, honesty, leadership, into an effective classroom experience. This Holes unit plan is truly an effective classroom teaching tool. It has been developed to provide the highest quality educational experience that could be extracted from the book Holes. Of course, there are others, which I'll direct you to as well.

Holes Teaching Resources

*To preview a set of Holes Lesson Plans, and 1 great Holes Teacher Guide, click the links below:

1.) Holes on Teachers Pay Teachers site.

The Holes Lesson Plans from these Teachers Pay Teachers site are standards-based and appear quite comprehensive if looking for a multi-lesson rubric.

2.) Holes by Varsity Tutors.

Not sure if these Holes Lesson Plans are standards based, but they seem to cover quite of bit of the key lessons from the book in a very effective way via their activities and worksheet guides.

3.) Holes on the Lesson Plans Page.

This sample is a very general lesson plan; however, if you are looking for a quick free tool, that you can use in one sitting, this tool will probably get the job done.

4.) Holes Teacher Guide on

This page provides a very useful teacher guide for the book. Including 4 lesson unit exercises, and some great reproducible exercises.

5.) Holes Comprehension Companion by the Resource Room.

This comprehension companion for Holes, seeks to help teach reading comprehension in an enjoyable way, and to directly teach students skills, instead of providing "practice" for a skill a student may not yet have.

6.) Bright Hub Education

Bright hub education also has a decent list of resources for teaching Holes. It is somewhat rudimentary, but it is a good place to start if you are looking for free Holes teaching resources.

Character Education?

"character education is the deliberate effort to help people understand, care about, and act upon core ethical values." Dr. Lickona

What is Character Education?

What is character education?

According to the book, finding Common Ground, "Character education is a national movement creating schools that foster ethical, responsible, and caring young people by modeling and teaching good character through emphasis on universal values that we all share. It is the intentional, proactive effort by schools, districts and states to instill in their students important core ethical values such as caring, honesty, fairness, responsibility and respect for self and others. Character education is not a "quick fix." It provides long-term solutions that address moral, ethical and academic issues of growing concern to our society and key to the safety of our schools" (Haynes & Thomas, 2007, pg. 151).

The cool thing is...when you incorporate Holes into your classroom, you are in essence teaching character education. Good for you!

Another Fun Holes Activity - Watch Holes at the end of the semester

At the end of the semester when the lesson plans are complete, as an additional Holes classroom activity, teachers can show the class the Disney produced Holes movie for a fun ending to teaching the Holes book.

Adversity into Character

"There is no lake at Camp Green Lake."

Thanks for stopping by the Holes Lesson Plans page. I hope you were able to get a good idea for what the Holes Lesson Plans are all about. If you have any interest in teaching the Holes Unit, or some Holes worksheets, you can simply click on one of the many links to the unit page for downloading.

Wishing you the best!

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      6 years ago

      make me brighter....

    • iijuan12 profile image


      6 years ago from Florida

      Very interesting!

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      6 years ago

      Very interesting concept and a great resource!

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      6 years ago

      very informative.

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      6 years ago

      Wow! This lens is well-written, just like "Lesson Plans for Hoot" I checked out a couple of days ago.

      I think this should be adopted in all schools to better equip students for real-world challenges -- how they should behave and act accordingly.

      Thanks for sharing!

    • Lee Nitus profile imageAUTHOR

      Lee Nitus 

      6 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi Samantha! Thanks for stopping by. To answer your question, yes, the Holes Lesson Plans are standards-based with a focus on character education standards. Please, don't hesitate to ask any other questions.

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      6 years ago

      Hi Nathan Lee. I like your Holes Lesson Plans site. It is very informative. Do you know if the lesson plans are standards-based?


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