I am the Warden
around here, Warden Mitchell.
When you enter my camp, you follow my
rules. This is not a Girl Scout Camp. There will
be no canoeing or swimming (and no chocolate frogs).
In fact, there isn't even any water at Camp Green
Lake, except what Counsellor Wilson and I allow you
to have. There is also no escaping Camp Green Lake.
Its true that we have no fences or bars, but we don't
need any - we have miles and miles of sun and desert
to keep you here.
yes, I almost forgot to tell you about our
pet yellow-spotted lizards - one bite and
you're dead. Watch your step!
This will be like nothing you have
ever experienced before. It will be challenging -
You will be digging 5 holes five feet deep and five
feet wide to "build your character". We
will teach you perseverance here, and we will take
you on an adventure you won't forget. When you leave
us, if you survive, you will be wiser and
Your holes will not require the normal tool for
digging though - you won't use a spade - you'll use
your brain. You will be given dates - deadlines - by
which you have to complete each hole (p.s. they don't
call it deadline for nothing).
Caution: If you don't complete your holes
you may have to face my venomous red nail polish.
Trust me, you don't want that to happen!
You are headed west, to the Wild
West, for an adventure. Look through the web sites
below. You will not find Kissin' Kate Barlow, but you
will find other real-life outlaws from the time-period.
Choose a character from the pages below.
Also, create a character who is trying to capture
your outlaw, then answer the questions that follow:
1. What is the setting of your story?
Examples: Tombstone, Alamo, Camp Green Lake, etc.
2. What is the time-period of your story?
Examples: the 1850s, the early 1900s, etc.
3. Who is your outlaw? Describe his/her
physical appearance, but not what he/she is wearing.
Examples: tall, thin, scruffy black beard, etc.
4. Now, do the same for the character trying to
capture your outlaw. And, if you have any other
characters you'd like to add to your story, describe
5. Describe the costumes your characters are
Examples: brown dungarees, red scarf, gun holster,
6. What crime is your outlaw famous for (or guilty
Examples: bank robbing, train hold-ups, etc.
7. Why is your outlaw being chased by your other
Examples: he/she is a law enforcer and it's his duty,
or maybe your outlaw robbed this character's bank,
Take your answers and
create a Wild West Adventure story. Your story should be no more than 3 pages
Be careful not to include too
much violence - this assignment is supposed to be
productive, not destructive!
Within the novel, Holes, Stanley
and Zero forge a kind of friendship, while the
relationship between Stanley and X-Ray is quite
different. Even the relationship between Sam the
Onion Man and Kissin' Kate Barlow is different.
Create one or several
diagram/s of the different relationships /
friendships within this novel. You are to use
'Inspiration' to do this task.
Then provide short answers to the
How and why do these friendships / relationships
What are the essential elements of a good, strong
relationship in your view?
What creates animosity or enemies?
You may find some of the
information on the sites below of some use:
Peer realtionships in Adolescence
CYH - Kids Site : Peer groups
Adolescence and Peer Pressure
will dig these holes for you!
Stanley and Zero come from very
different family situations.
Compare and contrast
Stanley and Zeros family relationships using evidence
from the novel. You may choose to do this by
presenting the information in a Similarities /
Choose ONE of the
other members of Group D (Armpit, X-Ray, Squid,
Magnet and Zig Zag). Describe the kind of family life
you imagine he might have had. No more than
half a page!
Not deep enough yet!
Sam, the onion man was murdered in
Holes because he loved Miss Kate Barlow. Racism
such as this has been a tragic part of the history of
the USA and many other countries (including
Australia) for centuries.
| Martin Luther King
||Here is a picture of Martin Luther
Luther King Jr. was a black pastor who became
the leader of the Civil Rights movement in
America after WW2.
Click on King's photo - you
will be taken to the Martin Luther King Jr
Papers Project. This site explains his
importance in the fight for racial equality
in the USA.
two sites that provide time lines of key
events in the struggle for equal rights for
black Americans in the 1950's and 60's:
Civil Rights Movement
at these sites that deal with specific events
referred to in the time lines. :
Civil Rights Movement 1955-65
Montgomery Bus Boycotts
one of the following events (or one not
listed here from the time lines) involving
racism and write a newspaper report on it.
Montgomery Bus Boycotts 1955 Alabama
Desegregation at Little Rock 1957
The Freedom Rides
The March on Washington, 1963
Selma, 1965, Bloody Sunday
Set your work out in the
form of the front page of a daily newspaper.
You should use WORD for this task. Headlines
and photos should be included.
Key questions to answer in
writing your report:
Who was involved? Where did it happen? What
was the reaction of most African Americans?
What was the reaction of most of the other
Was the conflict resolved? If so, how?
What recommendations would you make to ensure
that this doesn't happen again in the future?