Narrative arcs and the prototypical “Plot Diagram” are essential for building literary comprehension and appreciation. Plot diagrams allow students to pick out major themes in the text, trace changes to major characters over the course of the narrative, and hone their analytic skills.
I absolutely love novels that come full circle, and Holes by Louis Sachar is one of those novels. The multiple plot lines can be confusing at first, but it all comes together in the end. This excites readers and gives them a sense of accomplishment as they realize how each plot is intertwined. Follow Stanley Yelnats in this exciting read!
Holes Book Summary | Holes Plot Diagram activity - have students illustrate key moments in the story with this storyboard activity!
I have such horrible luck, all because of that good-for-nothing pig stealer...
"You're going to give that to me!"
Stanley believes his family is cursed because of his great- great grandfather's failure to fulfill a promise to Madame Zeroni.
Look at all these onions!
Stanley is accused of stealing a pair of shoes and is sent to a boys detention camp.
At the camp, the boys are made to dig holes all day. Stanley makes a friend named Zero, and he finds a lipstick container.
The curse of this family is lifted when he carries Zero to the top of the mountain.
The boys spend a week away from the camp, eating onions, before the decide to go back and look for the treasure.
Hey, I think this is it!
With the curse lifted, the two boys’ luck turns around; they find the treasure, get out of the camp, Stanley’s dad invents a foot odor eliminator, Zero finds his mom, the camp is shut down and everything is just perfect!