Activity Overview

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 ZeroniRomani woman who curses the Yelnats family

Template and Class Instructions

(These instructions are completely customizable. After clicking "Use This Assignment With My Students", update the instructions on the Edit Tab of the assignment.)

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 often!

Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 4-5

Difficulty Level 1 (Introducing / Reinforcing)

Type of Assignment Individual

Type of Activity: Character Map

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/4/7] 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.
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/5/1] Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
  • [ELA-Literacy/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).


(You can also create your own on Quick Rubric.)

Character Map Template
Create a character map of the characters in the story. Put the character's name in the title boxes and choose a character and scene to represent each one. As you read, take notes on the characters by answering the questions.
33 Points
25 Points
17 Points
Character Picture & Scene
The characters and scenes are both appropriate for the book's characters.
Many of the characters and scenes match the book's characters.
More than half of the characters and scenes do not match the characters in the book.
Accuracy of Notes
Most of the information of the notes is correct.
Many of the notes have correct information, but some are incorrect or missing.
Less than half of the information of the notes is correct and relevant.
Work is complete, thorough, and neat.
Most of the sections of the character map were at least attempted and work is presentable.
Character map is unfinished and/or disorganized.

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