Here’s the lapbook I created for my daughter on the book Holes by Louis Sachar. She is ten years old. I think it’s considered a middle school book, but the vocabulary is not challenging.
I focused on plot in making the lapbook because there are several stories in the book taking place at different times in the past that all fit together into the present-day story. I really enjoyed reading it.
Some warnings: the warden is an evil character which shows mostly in one scene. In one of the stories from the past a black man is killed because he kissed a white woman. The woman he kissed was the town school teacher and model citizen but losing her love turns her heart and she becomes a bandit, a famous outlaw. Her story is very sad. This book offers some good opportunities to talk about how we can allow others to change who we are. There is another character everyone calls Zero. Everyone thinks he’s stupid and he doesn’t bother to correct them. Turns out he’s got a bit of genius for math.
Anyway…here are the pictures…
The four pieces on the left are for writing about how the different characters/things listed there all fit together. Sam planted a secret field of onions which happened to be where his grandfather found refuge on “God’s thumb” where Stanley took Zero and ate onions which protected them from the lizards…it all works together.
There are a few character pieces as well. There are before and after matchbook pieces for two of the characters: how they changed during the story.
The piece at the top is a poem used in the book, well it’s a song. The piece calls for some analysis of its meaning and how it fits the characters story and asks the student to write a poem using the same idea.
There is also a piece on curses. Their family believes they are cursed. I included a couple of Bible references about curses in this piece to be copied from your version of choice. Basically a curse without cause can’t affect you and Jesus becoming a curse for us. We live in the land of the evil eye and curses are a big deal here. We have lived with the Roma (Gypsies) for 8 years and have seen and heard a lot about curses.
You’ll see there’s not a lot of color. This one is easy on the printer. You can use color paper if you like more color. Just the first and last pages of pieces have color on them.
Here’s the download link: Holes Lapbook
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