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Between the Lines Book Club: Holes by Louis Sachar

Jessica Whitenight
Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(62)
In this discussion/speech-based novel study, students will deep dive into the book while uncovering the themes of adventure, resilience, friendships, and self-discovery.

Class experience

US Grade 7 - 10
CCSS RL.3.2-Recount stories, including fables, folktales, and myths from diverse cultures; determine the central message, lesson, or moral and explain how it is conveyed through key details in the text.
CCSS RL.3.3-Describe characters in a story (e.g., their traits, motivations, or feelings) and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events.
CCSS RL.3.4-Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, distinguishing literal from nonliteral language.
CCSS RL.3.6-Distinguish their own point of view from that of the narrator or those of the characters.
CCSS RL.3.7-Explain how specific aspects of a text’s illustrations contribute to what is conveyed by the words in a story (e.g., create mood, emphasize aspects of a character or setting).
CCSS RL.4.2-Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize the text.
CCSS RL.4.3-Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., a character’s thoughts, words, or actions).
CCSS RL.4.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including those that allude to significant characters found in mythology (e.g., Herculean).
CCSS RL.4.6 Compare and contrast the point of view from which different stories are narrated, including the difference between first- and third-person narrations.
Make connections between the text of a story or drama and a visual or oral presentation of the text, identifying where each version reflects specific descriptions and directions in the text.
CCSS RL.5.2-Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text, including how characters in a story or drama respond to challenges or how the speaker in a poem reflects upon a topic; summarize the text.
CCSS RL.5.3-Compare and contrast two or more characters, settings, or events in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., how characters interact).
CCSS RL.5.4-Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative language such as metaphors and similes.
CCSS RL.5.7-Analyze how visual and multimedia elements contribute to the meaning, tone, or beauty of a text (e.g., graphic novel, multimedia presentation of fiction, folktale, myth, poem).
CCSS 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 RL.6.3-Describe how a particular story’s or drama’s plot unfolds in a series of episodes as well as how the characters respond or change as the plot moves toward a resolution.
CCSS RL.6.4-Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of a specific word choice on meaning and tone.
CCSS RL.6.6-Explain how an author develops the point of view of the narrator or speaker in a text.
I am a Certified Teacher in the state of Pennsylvania. I currently teach ESL & Language Arts/Reading online and have been working with children for the last 3.5 years to develop their English and Reading skills. This is where I took multiple trainings and coursework, in which I learned to expand young children’s language and reading development.  I have been teaching different subjects for 9 years, all while linking language and reading to critical subjects like science and social studies. I have a bachelor's degree in Social Sciences-Education from The Pennsylvania State University. 
Homework Offered
Each week learners will be required to read chapters listed before class (chapters listed above) and complete vocabulary sentences. Students also may need to finish cross-circular activities outside of class if there is not enough time in class.
0 - 1 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
Students will be assessed informally throughout the class.
Grades Offered
-Students will need the book "Holes" by Louis Sachar. 
You can borrow a copy of the book from your local library or it can be purchased from:https://www.amazon.com/Holes-Louis-Sachar/dp/0440414806

- Students will need a notebook/writing paper for class.
- Students will need a pencil for class.
- Students will need markers, crayons, or colored pencils for class. 
Holes is the winner of the 1999 Newbery Medal. The Newbery Medal honors the finest contributions to American literature for children, and the children’s librarians of the American Library Association choose each year’s winner. Holes is classified as magical realism in the literary genre. Magical realism takes place in a mostly realistic world, where a few magical elements exist. This story does touch on topics of bullying, death, dehydration/starvation, curses, poisoning, and racism.
As a certified Social Studies/History teacher in the state of Pennsylvania, I have experience approaching these topics with compassion and sensitivity. The book rating can be found at https://www.commonsensemedia.org/book-reviews/holes#:~:text=Parents%20need%20to%20know%20that,was%20adapted%20for%20a%202003
The students will be able to use their knowledge of the historical period to interpret the evidence and present an informed view. 

Sources that can be referenced in conjunction with this course:
•	National Geographic Society. (2022, July 8). The Black Codes and Jim Crow Laws. National Geographic Education. https://education.nationalgeographic.org/resource/black-codes-and-jim-crow-laws/
•	National Geographic Society. (2022a, May 20). The 13th Amendment to the United States Constitution. National Geographic Education. https://education.nationalgeographic.org/resource/13th-amendment-united-states-constitution/
•	National Geographic Society. (2022c, December 6). Storytelling. National Geographic Education. https://education.nationalgeographic.org/resource/storytelling-x/
•	National Geographic Society. (2022c, December 2). Storytelling and Cultural Traditions. National Geographic Education. https://education.nationalgeographic.org/resource/storytelling-and-cultural-traditions/
Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(62)
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Hello and welcome! My name is Jessica Whitenight, and you can call Miss. Jess or Teacher Jessica. I’m so excited to see you in the Outschool classroom. I have been teaching for eight years and really have a passion for... 
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1x per week, 21 weeks
55 min

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Ages: 12-16
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