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Lesson: Holes - Using the first chapter to build background knowledge


Author: Charles Hershon
Subject Area: Reading/Language Arts
Grade Level: 6 - 10

Introduction

Hello Students, This strategy tutor will help you build some background knowledge that will be important for reading "Holes", by Louis Sachar. It will guide you as you investigate the setting of Camp Green Lake.

Goals

(1) To develop background information about the setting of "Holes". (2) To understand how the author uses irony (3) To make personal connections to the setting (4) To make predictions about a text based on the first chapter

Directions

In this strategy tutor we will analyze chapter 1 by looking at and interpreting the irony used in the chapter, understanding the climate of the setting and learning more information about yellow-spotted-lizard. In activity 1 you will look at 3 images that give an example of irony. In activity 2 you will visualize how you think the setting of the book should look like based on the places name, and compare it to how it is actually described. In activity 3 you will analyze the temperature of the Texas desert and reflect on the effect it would have on the characters and yourself. In activity 4 you will compare view a video of the Gila Monster, and compare it to the yellow-spotted-lizard used in the book.


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Irony inconsistency between what is expected and what is actually meant


Activity: Ironic Images


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Goals

To better understand the concept of irony by analyzing multiple examples

Directions

View the 3 ironic images and read the text surrounding them. For each image, explain how the creator of the image was intending to display an example of irony. For additional help view the think-aloud's for the 'Media Literacy' strategy



Activity: Camp Green Lake?: An example of irony in "Holes"


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Goals

To analyze how the author of "Holes", Louis Sachar, uses irony in the name of his setting.

Directions

First, visualize what camp Green Lake should look like based on its name alone. Next, read chapter 1 of "Holes" and compare your visualization to the description of Camp Green Lake. Finally, explain how the name 'Camp Green Lake' is ironic. For additional help, view the 'Visualize' strategy coach think aloud's.



Activity: Texas Temperature


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Goals

To reflect on how the setting would affect you.

Directions

View the climate of multiple cities in Texas, making sure to look at a few cities from each region of the state. Reflect on where you would want Camp Green Lake to be located if you were going to be a "camper" there. Also reflect on the what region of the state would be the hardest for "campers" of Camp Green Lake. Be sure to explain your reasoning.



Activity: The REAL Yellow-Spotted-Lizard


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Goals

Use background knowledge of the Gila Monster make a prediction of how the Yellow-Spotted-Lizard will be used in the text.

Directions

Watch the video explaining some of the characteristics of the Gila Monster. This creature is what the Yellow-Spotted-Lizard from "Holes" is based on. Compare the Gila Monster to the description of the Yellow-Spotted-Lizard from chapter one, and then make a prediction of how the Yellow-Spotted-Lizard will be used in the story.




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