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Writing Home Learning - Monday 30th March 2020


Make sure you have read chapters 1- 7 before completing the following tasks.


If an adult is helping you, please take it in turns to describe an image to each other. The “describer” must try to create the exact image they are talking about in their partner’s minds by using descriptive words and phrases, precise vocabulary and figurative language (similes, metaphors or personification.)


You may need to do this more than once so that you are able to verbalise an accurate description following the criteria. Use the list of prepositions to help explain the position of objects.


First person -  describe the image on resource 1a.

Discuss the words and phrases used and ask listeners to comment on the most powerful and useful words and phrases.

Were any specific/technical nouns used?

Which adjectives were most powerful?

Were any expanded noun phrases particularly useful?

Were any preposition phrases useful?

Repeat the exercise with the roles reversed using resource 1b.

Continue the discussion, commenting on any examples of improved clarity of description.



Now, use your skimming and scanning skills to retrieve details from the first 7 chapters of Holes about the setting.  Making notes may help you to complete the next task.


Create a simple map of Camp Green Lake (colour etc. is not necessary), containing features from the story. Annotate the map using quotations from the text. 



Use your map to help you write a paragraph describing Camp Green Lake.


Start with a basic sentence, e.g. “Camp Green Lake is a dry, flat wasteland.”


Then, think about how can I make this better?  What have I learnt in class that I can include to make this sentence as descriptive as possible?


Think about effective sentence openers too.  Add one, to gradually improve the sentence.


E.g. “Although Camp Green Lake was once a thriving oasis in the desert, things are very different now: not a single living creature would choose to live in the present dry, barren wasteland



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Picture 1

Stanley Yelnats - Character Profile


Use the Role on the Wall character profile page below (looks like a gingerbread man) to begin building up a profile of the main character of the story.  If you are unable to download the page and print it off then you can draw the character in the middle of the page of your book and complete the activity around the outside of your sketch.


Now that you have read chapters 1-3 you will have begun to build up a picture in your head of what the main character looks like, what he feels like and what type of personality he has (where he lives; with whom; what he has done; whether he is popular etc).


Label your character with everything that you have learnt about him so far.  


After every chapter, go back to this image/sketch and add any further information you have learnt about Stanley.  Build up your knowledge of Stanley as you progress through the book.  Later on, I will ask you to write a character description of Stanley, so if you do this task well you will have lots of information ready to help you write a super description.  


Remember to use expanded noun phrases - use adjective for description. 

Role on the Wall character profile page

Cyberbully Selina Jailed for 5 Months!

Cyberbully Selina Jailed for 5 Months! 1

Diary Entry


Written from the point of view of either Selina Khan or Maria Ivanova.


Choose which character you would prefer to be - Selina (the defendant) or Maria (the victim).


Write a diary entry from the point of view of the character that you choose.


The diary entry could be about what happened one day when you went online and saw the message that Selina had posted. 


It could be Selina's end of day recount in her diary before she was taken to prison for 5 months.


Or an entry written by Maria about the trial - what happened and how she felt.


Or something different that you have thought up yourself but it must be related to the trial at Burnley Combined Courtoom.  Maybe an entry from PC Brookes or the Judge.


Remember: diary entries should be:


  • written in the past tense
  • 1st person (I or we)
  • include your actions and emotions (state how you felt at different points)
  • in chronological order (order the events that happened during the day)
  • use a diary tone - as though you're talking to your diary
  • remember to adverbials of time to show me the order of events
  • you could use rhetorical questions
  • end with a thought for the day or thought for the future