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Literature-based Skill Building:
Holes by Louis Sachar

Chapter 11

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Quote Analysis

You can learn a lot from a quote by explaining it in four parts, called a "quote analysis:"

  1. Write the quote and the page it comes from. Put it in quotation marks.
  2. Explain who said those words, and to whom they were talking.
  3. Paraphrase the quote (put in your own words).
  4. Explain what this quote tells you about this character or the plot of the story.
    What kind of person would say these things? Why would they say it? What would they have to know, or be thinking about, to say it?


Quote: “If it makes you feel better to call me Mom, Theodore, go ahead and call me Mom.”

Characters: Mr. Pendanski says this to one of the boys.

Paraphrase: If you want to call me Mom, it's okay with me.

What does it tell you? Mr. Pendanski wants them to feel comfortable with him. He doesn't want to scare them.

Your Turn!

Analyze this quote from page 53: "If anybody gets a day off, it should be me. That's only fair, right?"

Quote: _______________________________________



Characters: ___________________________________


Paraphrase: ___________________________________



What does it tell you? __________________________





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