Holes Text vs. Film: A Compare and Contrast Lesson Plan
- Grades: 6–8
About this book
This is a culminating activity done with the classroom teacher to compare and contrast the book and the movie. Holes is a Newbery Award winner and a great adventure book that appeals to girls and boys. The students like to watch the movie with the popcorn.
Students use previously learned knowledge to recognize the use of comparison and contrast with the complex selections of the book and the movie.
- Holes by Louis Sachar
- Holes the movie (Walt Disney Pictures, 2003)
- Double Bubble Thinking Map (PDF), one per student
- Optional: Popcorn
- Optional: Images of book/movie props (such as shovels, hats, snakes, etc.)
- Optional: Ellison die-cut machine
Set Up and Prepare
- After students have finished reading the book Holes, arrange for a classroom screening. The film is 117 minutes long and will take a total of three 45-minute classes to complete.
- Prepare the drawing of the class Double Bubble Thinking Map ahead of time. You can then quickly add the items as the students tell events from the book only, the movie only, and both versions. You may have discussion about where the events belong.
- If you are serving popcorn, make sure it pop it before the class period or plan to pause the film to distribute the snack so students do not miss any of the film.
Step 1: Before the students begin viewing the movie, explain to them that they will be making a Double Bubble Thinking Map comparing the book to the movie adaptation. They should be looking for differences between the book and the movie as they watch. Encourage students to take notes during the movie screenings.
Step 2: Watch the movie as a class over multiple class periods.
Step 3: After finishing the final segment of the movie, hand out copies of the Double Bubble Thinking Map. Explain to students that the map works like a Venn diagram: the left side (the center circle and the four left-most smaller circles) is for events in the book; the right side (the center circle and the four right-most smaller circles) is for events in the movie; and the four small circles down the middle are for events that occur in both the movie and the book.
Step 4: Have students work individually to complete the Thinking Maps. They should refer to their notes and the book text if necessary.
Step 5: Come together as a class to discuss everyone's Double Bubble Thinking Maps and fill in the class Double Bubble you prepared ahead of time.
- When the class discussion about the Double Bubble Thinking Map is over, make a finished copy with the events on different shapes, colors, or appropriate items from the book (shovels, hats, snakes, etc.) cut from the Ellison machine. The students can help with this.
- Have students use their Double Bubble Thinking Maps as the basis of compare-and-contrast essays.
- Ask students to describe what they would do differently if they were making a movie adaptation of Holes.