CLARK — Students in Olivia Gerlitz’s fifth grade class at Valley Road School in Clark crafted persuasive brochures as part of a recent English lesson.
The class is studying the popular children’s novel, Holes, by Louis Sachar. The fiction story is about a young boy named Stanley, who is being punished for a crime he did not commit. His punishment is to go to Camp Green Lake, where he is forced to dig a hole every
day in the hot Texas sun. When Stanley questions why he has to dig, he is told that it “builds character.”
The fifth grade students actively worked in pairs on an in-class project, where they had to make a brochure persuading parents to send their troubled children to Camp Green Lake. Each pair of students, included four ways that digging holes could build character, as well as identified important information they have learned in the book so far. When they were finished, the students presented their project to the class.
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