by Louis Sachar



Accused of a crime he did not commit, Stanley Yelnats is sentenced to Camp Green Lake for rehabilitation. Almost immediately Stanley realizes digging a large hole each day is not just punishment. The Warden is looking for something special.

While digging Stanley thinks about his family's history. Through these flashbacks, two additional stories are told. These plots weave together to form a complex and wonderful novel. Will all the plots fit together? Will the Warden find what she is looking for?

Read the book Holes by Louis Sachar to find the answers to these questions.


Sample Comprehension Quiz for Chapters 1-5 including Constructive Response Question

Language Arts

Sample English Lesson

Lesson 1 - Author's Purpose & Staying on Topic

PowerPoint for Lesson 3 - Thesis Statement

Figurative Language

Onomatopoeia, Hyperbole, & Repetition

Personification and Alliteration

Zipped Folder containing these PowerPoints with audio files


Students used the first person point of view to to write character descriptions.

Dig Activity

Onion Dip

Spiced Peaches


I began using the soundtrack and example sentences from the book Holes to teach figurative language a number of years ago. Because my students love this book, movie, and soundtrack the unit is always super successful. The result of these activities is the following four PowerPoint mini-lessons. The PowerPoints contain songs imbedded in some of the slides. If they do not play for you, you can download the zipped folder listed in the red box above. Just click on the links above or the images below to receive the PowerPoints. ENJOY!


Holes Book Unit contains vocabulary, comprehension, constructive response writing, and skill practice.