Our first Book Club novel of the school year will be Holes by Louis Sachar. This novel is a winner of the Newbery Medal and the National Book Award. The novel features Stanley Yelnats, a kid who is under a curse. A curse that began with his no-good-dirty-rotten-pig-stealing-great-great-grandfather and has since followed generations of Yelnats. Now Stanley has been unjustly sent to a boys' detention center, Camp Green Lake, where the warden makes the boys "build character" by spending all day, every day, digging holes five feet wide and five feet deep. It doesn't take long for Stanley to realize there's more than character improvement going on at Camp Green Lake: the warden is looking for something. Stanley tries to dig up the truth in this inventive and darkly humorous tale of crime and punishment—and redemption.
The students always have a blast reading this novel and getting involved in Stanley's life. This book is a great way to kick off the year, it offers awesome themes and lessons for the students to learn and gives me the opportunity to walk the students through Reading Journals step-by-step. This first novel is read together as a whole class. This ensures that the students are well aware of all of my expectations for Reading Journals and I can thoroughly explain exactly what I expect of them throughout the school year.
The students will be involved in serval fun activities relating to the book. These activities will be done in whole group, small groups, pairs, and individually. Each activity and project will align with the New Jersey State Standards ensuring that the students are following along with the states expectations.
If you have any questions about any of our reading assignments or work that is sent home or done in class please do not hesitate to call or email me.