Holes by Louis Sachar Unit Plan

Instructor: Kerry Gray

Kerry has been a teacher and an administrator for more than twenty years. She has a Master of Education degree.

'Holes' is a popular novel for young adults by Louis Sachar about a teenager who is sentenced to a work camp after being falsely accused of theft. This asset serves as a guideline for teachers planning a unit of study about this book.


Louis Sachar's Holes is a Newberry Award-winning novel that later became a Disney movie. The book centers around Stanley Yelnats, an innocent, but unlucky teenager who is sentenced to a juvenile corrections facility in a Texas desert. The ironically named Camp Green Lake requires inmates to dig holes for an evil warden. The warden claims she is helping to build character, but in reality, she is using her wards to help her dig for treasure. The major themes of the novel are family, friendship, and fate, but there are also elements of racism, homelessness, and illiteracy that are explored. This title provides complex characters, rich vocabulary, and interesting choices by the author that make this novel worth your attention. This unit plan provides an outline for a novel study on Holes. This unit is appropriate for middle school students.

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