Holes Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde
You can use this lesson after reading Louis Sachar's novel Holes to help students uncover themes. Students read a lesson outlining the two major themes, then work in small groups to apply concepts. Make learning long-lasting by following up with a fun activity.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define theme
  • analyze and explain themes in Holes


  • 1 hour


  • Copies of the lesson Holes: Themes & Analysis, one for each student
  • Copies of a familiar story, such as Little Red Riding Hood, one for each small group
  • Copies of the novel Holes, one for each student
  • Chart paper and markers
  • Copies of the lesson quiz, one for each student

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.2

Determine a theme or central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.6.1

Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 6 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.

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