We started reading Holes by Louis Sacher today.
We discussed if we had ever felt we had been blamed for something we didn't do. Everyone had an experience of this.
We looked at the cover of the book and decided that the story would have something to do with lizards, the desert or dirt, blue skies, and maybe some clouds. Jason wondered if the clouds would be important, and Mrs Vincent said that the clouds would be something to watch out for in the story, and would be symbolic, as the birds were in Private Peaceful, and that it would be a good idea to note when clouds were mentioned. ("Foreshadowing!" commented Cameron.)
We researched some vocabulary:
shrivelled hover crammed stranded neglected barren desolate
stifling slumped descendants vast gruff melody perseverance
Which word from the list above means:
grumpy dried up hunched over very hot float above packed tightly stickability children and grandchildren, for example tune stuck somewhere infertile lonely huge forgotten
We looked at images of these nouns:
rattlesnakes scorpions yellow-spotted lizard log cabin hammock
On Thursday we read Chapters 1, 2 and 3 (They are short chapters.)
We discussed the setting: Camp Greenlake - somewhere in Texas, and Stanley's own home, but there's no lake and nothing is green. ("Ironic!" said Brylee - and we were impressed with her.)
We discussed inference, and we inferred that Camp Greenlake was not a good place for people to be because there was no shade and no lake. There was also a chance that you could get killed by a yellow-spotted lizard. We also worked out that it must be an awful place because some people preferred to be bitten by a rattle snake or a scorpion to digging a hole on the lake. ("Blighty!" said Jamarl - and we were impressed that he found the first parallel with Private Peaceful.)
We discussed the theme of perseverance and how Stanley's father persevered with his inventions. We also thought that luck could be one of the themes as Stanley's family had a lot of bad luck - even though the mother reminded them of some good luck that happened.
We noticed that Holes is also like Private Peaceful (PP) because the story changes between the past and the present, although only the past tense is used. PP had a recurring motif of the song "Oranges and Lemons". Conor was the first to recognise that Holes has a recurring motif* of a song "If Only".
We are already enjoying the book and we are only up to page 10.
Vocabulary For Chapter 4: dazed, juvenile, premises, violation, facility, burlap. holster, buzzard,
Vocabulary for Chapter 5: assigned, shovel, cot, saliva, sanitary,
Vocabulary for Chapter 6: scarcity, prospect, testify, collapse, torment, mere, destiny, coincidence humiliating, auction, schedule, despicable, souvenir