Holes Novel Study Activities – Paired Informational Passages


Looking to build background knowledge and integrate nonfiction with your Holes novel study activities? Check out my four paired informational passages for Holes and see how you can spiral review informational text while reading Louis Sachar’s beloved book Holes. These passages will make the perfect companion to your novel.


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These paired informational passages will provide background information that engages your students and complements events in the novel.

What Kind of Holes Novel Study Activities Are Included?

  • 4 High-Interest Nonfiction Reading Comprehension Passages,
  • 800-1000 Lexile Level,
  • 800-1000 Words Each,
  • CCSS-Aligned Question Sets,
  • Audio Files of Each Passage
  • Print and Digital Versions

You can use these Holes Novel Study Activities in a variety of ways:

– Use as a pre-reading activity,

– Spread out throughout the novel to spiral nonfiction standards,

– Incorporate as station activities

Nonfiction Passages Include:

  • Reptilian Dangers of the Desert
  • Coincidence or Curse?
  • Why You Should Love a Leech
  • Clyde Livingston’s Not-So-Sweet Feet

Why Should You Pair Fiction and Nonfiction?

  • Build critical background knowledge for ELLs & Tier II Students,
  • Bridge the gap between fiction & nonfiction,
  • Expose students to a wide variety of literature,
  • Build vocabulary

✎ For additional teaching ideas, click here to read my full blog post on using Holes in your classroom!



⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Sharon said, “I love this resource! There are multiple question types that are engaging and higher-level thinking than just multiple choice. And I love when I’m able to pair nonfiction with a fiction book we are reading. Great addition to our novel study.”

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Carla said, “This has been a great addition to our novel study. I use it as a paired passage to the novel and provides great background information, as well as practice with comprehension questions.


Supports Common Core Standards (CCSS):

RI.5.1, RI.5.2, RI.5.3, RI.5.4, RI.5.6, RI.6.8, RI.5.10

RI.6.1, RI.6.2, RI.6.3, RI.6.4, RI.6.6, RI.6.7, RI.6.8, RI.6.10

RI.7.1, RI.7.2, RI.7.3, RI.7.4, RI.7.5, RI.7.6, RI.7.10

RI.8.1, RI.8.2, RI.8.3, RI.8.6, RI.8.10


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