Youth Literature Series: Holes
SUMMER SCHEDULE IN EFFECT!!
Class starts every Tuesday. You have until the final due date, August 22, to complete all work for the course. This means you have the entire summer semester to complete the course on YOUR schedule!
Classes in this series are intended for students at elementary and middle school reading levels.
Bridge to Terabithia
The Westing Game
In this Youth Literature Seriess, each course will focus on one novel or novella. This particular course will focus on the 1998 novel written by author Louis Sachar – Holes.
The novel follows Stanley Yelnats, who is sent to a juvenile detention center is the Texas desert, where boys dig holes for the warden. Burdened by a family curse, Stanley tries to uncover the truth of what is really going on with the warden and Camp Green Lake. Finally, the course will end with the comparison of the book to a film rendition of the story.
This 4-week course will focus heavily on reading, and a full copy of the novel will be provided in both pdf and audiobook format. Although, students are also encouraged to purchase their own copies or borrow one from their local library. Student may either read the full text before the class begins, or their will be weekly reading assignments during the course.
No live classes—view lessons on YOUR schedule. In general, expect 1.5-2.5 hours to work through the lesson plan each week, and an additional 2-5 hours working on assignments (it really depends what assignment your child chooses to do and how they manage their time). For classes with two levels, the material is the same for both—the depth of the assignments differs. Younger students should usually be placed in Level 1. Older students, or younger students who want more of a challenge, should be placed in Level 2.
Each lesson consists of a fully narrated PowerPoint presentation with images and videos to enhance the topics. Students will have access to our learning management system, Canvas, for viewing their lesson, printing worksheets, taking quizzes, viewing/submitting assignments, participating in discussions, and viewing grades/feedback. Read more details about class format.
Week 1 will begin with a focus on biographical information on the writer’s life and career, and will discuss why this person has remained such a significant voice in classic literature. This week will also cover introductory information to the novel, discussing themes and characters, as well as Chapters 1-12.
Week 2 will cover Chapters 13-28. We will further explore how themes are present in the story, discuss symbols, and explore other literary devices present so far in the first half of the story.
Week 3 will cover Chapters 29-43. We will further explore how themes are present in the story, discuss character progression and dynamics, and explore other literary devices present so far in
the first half of the story.
Week 4 will cover the end of the novel, and we will further explore literary devices and the greater messages of the story. Finally, the course will end with the comparison of the book to a film rendition of the story.
Next Level Homeschool is a firm believer that not all learning should happen from behind a screen! That's why we give students the freedom to submit their assignments in the way THEY want to! We don't want regurgitation learning here. By allowing students to use their own talents, skills, and passions to complete assignments, they become even more engaged and retain the information. Why? Because now it's literally in their hands! We receive thousands of projects every year from our students: written reports, videos, models, posters, Scratch, Minecraft, Roblox, songs, poems, skits, drawings, sculptures, crafts—we've seen it ALL! And WE LOVE IT!!
Click here to view just a few projects we've received from students who have taken this class and see what YOUR kid could be learning with Next Level Homeschool!
- Schedule Summer 2024
- Activities Language Arts
- Lessons 4
- Suggested Ages 9-14 One Level