This reading course is designed to examine the book Holes, by Louis Sachar. Through the Project-Based approach students will have group discussions and design projects around the complex characters in the story as well as issues around fairness, major themes in the young reader novel. Reading skills will include understanding literary devices such as flashback and symbolism, and indirect and direct characterization. Finally, students will design and present their final project. Summary from Amazon: Stanley Yelnats is under a curse. A curse that began with his no-good-dirty-rotten-pig-stealing-great-great-grandfather and has since followed generations of Yelnats. Now Stanley has been unjustly sent to a boys’ detention center, Camp Green Lake, where the boys build character by spending all day, every day digging holes exactly five feet wide and five feet deep. There is no lake at Camp Green Lake. But there are an awful lot of holes. It doesn’t take long for Stanley to realize there’s more than character improvement going on at Camp Green Lake. The boys are digging holes because the warden is looking for something. But what could be buried under a dried-up lake? Stanley tries to dig up the truth in this inventive and darkly humorous tale of crime and punishment—and redemption.