Keeping Characters Straight in Holes

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Holes - Character Map

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As students read, a storyboard can serve as a helpful character reference log. This log (also called a character map) allows students to recall relevant information about important characters. When reading a novel, small attributes and details frequently become important as the plot progresses. With character mapping, students will record this information, helping them follow along and catch the subtleties which make reading more enjoyable!

It’s a great idea to create a copy of this generic character map and edit it with the specific questions about characters you want your students to answer.

Major Holes Characters

Story of Stanley Yelnats IV

StanleyProtagonist, heavy, has few friends
Clyde LivingstonOwner of shoes that were stolen
Derrick DunneBully that picks on Stanley at school
ZeroHector Zeroni, smallest of camp members, digs holes fastest
X-RayLeader of boys, black, wears glasses
ArmpitBefriends Stanley, named for his smell
Magnet Named for his ability to steal anything<
ZigZagBoy at Camp Green Lake
SquidBoy at Camp Green Lake
WardenFemale descendant of the Walker family, ruthless and cruel
Mr. SirCamp counselor
Mr. PendanskiCounselor at Camp Green Lake. The kids, call him "Doctor", but he is not a doctor

Story of Stanley Yelnats I

Stanley IStanley's great-grandfather, robbed by Kissing Kate
Kissing Kate BarlowFormer school teacher turned outlaw
SamBlack, onion seller, medicine man
Charles WalkerSon of a rich landowner on Green Lake

Story of Elya Yelnats

Elya YelnatsStanley's great-great grandfather
Madame ZeroniGypsy woman who curses the Yelnats family


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Student Instructions

Create a character map for the major characters.


  1. Identify the major characters in Holes and type their names into the different title boxes.
  2. Choose a character to represent each of the story characters.
    • Select colors and a pose appropriate to story and character traits.
  3. Choose a scene or background that makes sense for the character.
  4. Fill in the Textables to answer the questions or prompts.
  5. Save and submit the assignment.
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