Hi everyone,

If you are a regular reader you will know that I am a huge fan of the humble novel. There’s such an excess of resources available now for English, when really I think we need to pull back and stick with the basics. When I had fifth and sixth class I centered all my English lessons around my novels. It is just so much easier this way and more meaningful for the children too. Apart from English it also makes the planning of other subjects easier too as you can always find a way to link them to your novel. I think a good novel is also a definite must for teaching placement as a mrans of showing integration.

My fondness for using novels to centre my teaching has inspired me to create a new set of novel study guides.

My first novel guide is for the novel Holes by Louis Sachar. I chose this because I remember reading it as a student myself in sixth class and l loved it.

My novel guide is 33 pages long and includes the following:


1.Themes in the novel.

2.Examples of themes

3.Comic strip template

4.Chapter highlights template

5.Character study- compare and contrast Stanley and Hero

6.Injustice in the novel Holes

7.My favourite character

8.Adjectives to describe favourite character

9.Quotes from favourite character

10.How did your favourite character change?

11.My least favourite character

12.Setting of novel study


14.Points of view

15.Compare and contrast the book and movie

16.Book review

17.Adjective, adverbs and verb hunt

18.Extra ideas


20.Word wall template

21.Author study



link to novel study: https://www.muinteoirvalerie.com/product/novel-study-guide-holes

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