Pictures Of Hollis Woods
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Pictures of Hollis Woods by Patricia Reilly Giff is a novel for middle readers about a foster child, the eponymous Hollis Woods, and how she finds a family. It was originally published in 2002 and became a Newbery Honor Book in 2003. In 2007, Hallmark Hall of Fame adapted the novel into a movie. Giff is the author of many popular books for children, including series like Kids of the Polk Street School, Friends and Amigos, and Polka Dot Private Eye, and several other standalone novels for middle readers that have won awards from Newberry and the ALA, amongst others. Her books are frequently taught and read aloud in classrooms. Pictures of Hollis Woods has been lauded as a good introduction to the experiences of some children in the foster care system.
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Pictures of Hollis Woods is primarily set in a single year of the life of Hollis Woods, who is also the first-person narrator. The novel has two timelines and switches back and forth between them in alternating sections. It gradually reveals what happened in the past while simultaneously tracking Hollis through the present.
After a lifetime of running away from foster home after foster home, the 11-year-old artist Hollis finds placement with a family called the Regans who welcome her to their summer cabin in upstate New York at the foot of a small mountain. Hollis almost immediately feels at home with the Regans, who consist of a practical father, the Old Man; a loving mother, Izzy; and a disorganized but deeply caring 12-year-old son, Steven. The Old Man gifts Hollis with a drawing set, and she produces many pictures of that beautiful summer.
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Though she progressively opens up to the Regans emotionally and they to her, Hollis also notices that the Old Man and Steven arguing and secretly worries she is causing the tension between them. Near the summer’s end, the Regans ask Hollis if they can adopt her, and she jubilantly says yes. Hollis takes a solo walk up the mountain to celebrate and twists her ankle. Steven rescues her in the family truck, but they crash disastrously on the way down, leaving Steven badly injured. That night, Hollis decides the accident is confirmation of her negative influence and runs away from the Regans’s house. The Old Man tries to visit Hollis at the foster agency and asks her to come home, but she refuses.
The agency places Hollis in a new foster home with Josie Cahill , an eccentric retired art teacher. Though Hollis misses the Regans terribly and is haunted by her memories of them, she likes living with Josie. Hollis soon realizes Josie has some dementia and is unable to remember things consistently, but Hollis has come to feel protective of the old woman and wants to stay with her. She meets Josie’s cousin, Beatrice, a fellow former art teacher who compliments Hollis’s precocious drawings and tells her that art contains deep truths the artist may not consciously perceive. Josie’s forgetfulness soon leads to Hollis skipping school too many times, and when the agency finds out, they decide to send Hollis to a new home.
Unable to stomach leaving Josie alone, Hollis comes up with a plan. She knows the Regans have left their isolated summer house for the season, so she and Josie run away there and secretly move in. Josie can never quite remember why they are there, and though she finds the place beautiful, she misses Beatrice. Hollis does her best to take care of Josie and give her a good Christmas. Occasionally, she sees signs outdoors that someone might be watching them and worries the agency will find them. The day after Christmas, Hollis is in turmoil, missing the Regans and worrying that Josie is sad. She remembers what Beatrice said about art and spreads out all her drawings to see what they can tell her.
By inspecting the way she’s drawn everyone, Hollis realizes that Josie needs to be back with Beatrice and that the Old Man and Steven actually love one another. Soon, she also works out it’s Steven watching over them in Branches . Hollis runs out of the house and encounters Steven on his snowmobile; she explains why she ran away, and he assures her the Regans want her. Together, they call Izzy, and Hollis asks to come home. In the last chapter, we learn that Josie is now safe with Beatrice, the Regans have happily adopted Hollis, and Hollis even has a new baby sister.
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By Patricia Reilly Giff
Patricia Reilly Giff
Realistic Fiction (Middle Grade)
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Pictures of Hollis Woods Study Guide
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Pictures of Hollis Woods by Patricia Reilly Giff
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Pictures of Hollis Woods is the story of an 11-year-old orphan girl (Hollis Woods) who has been moved to countless foster families unfolds through the pictures she draws. The one picture to another family again. This time however, Hollis refuses to leave Josie since she feels Josie needs her. She and Josie run away because Hollis wants to stay with Josie. She ends up returning to Branches, which is the summer home of the last family she ran away from (the Regans). The Regans were in their winter home so would never know Josie and Hollis were there. Hollis throughout the story still however longs to be with them again and misses them very much.
The Regans were an amazing family for her and she loved them all very much. Hollis(Holly) left the family because of her fear of her attachment and out of guilt. The Regans have a son named Steven who developed a close bond with Holly. One night while the Old man (Steven's father) and Izzy (Steven's mother) were out and Steven was fishing, Holly decided to leave the house and go up the mountain by the house. She ended up hurting herself because she got too close to the edge and rolled down the mountain a few feet. She needed Steven to find her to drive her down because of her injuries from the fall. He had to drive all the way up the mountain to get her and while he was on his way back down the mountain as careful as he was the truck ended up sliding because of the mud, which caused the truck to tip over to the side. The truck was sliding all the way down the mountain and it crashed.
The Old man and Izzy got her and Steven to the hospital. Hollis had stitches on her head from the car crash. When she was brought back home by Old man and Izzy, the guilt started to sink in. She kept thinking if she had not gone up the mountain then Steven would not have crashed the car. The guilt made her pack up her bags and run away once again from another family even though she loved them and they loved her.
While she is in Branches with Josie trying to hide from the "mustard woman", Hollis goes fishing. In the woods, she runs into someone who she cannot see very well. She assumes it is a fisherman and runs away from him. Josie and Hollis celebrate Christmas together in the Regans' summer house. Hollis gives her a drawing of Josie, Henry, and Beatrice (Josie's cousin) by the popcorn machine in the theater. Josie gives her the wooden self sculpture she promised she would make for Hollis. She also gave Hollis a tin of candies that she found in the house which were Izzy's. Josie said the candies were from Santa Claus.
Hollis soon begins to think Steven is in the area because she keeps seeing Steven's sweater in the house move and Josie claims she heard a snowmobile. She calls Beatrice to come and live with Josie so she can take care of Josie. Beatrice agrees to live with Josie. She hears the snowmobile and then she sees Steven and when she sees him she says to him "Steven Regan. Happy Birthday." Then, she goes back to living once again with the Regans and this time she has a baby sister in the family named Christina. She's content with her new and forever family.
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Teaching Pictures of Hollis Woods
The Pictures of Hollis Woods lesson plan contains a variety of teaching materials that cater to all learning styles. Inside you'll find 30 Daily Lessons, 20 Fun Activities, 180 Multiple Choice Questions, 60 Short Essay Questions, 20 Essay Questions, Quizzes/Homework Assignments, Tests, and more. The lessons and activities will help students gain an intimate understanding of the text, while the tests and quizzes will help you evaluate how well the students have grasped the material. View a free sample
Target Grade: 7th-12th (Middle School and High School)
Length of Lesson Plan: Approximately 147 pages. Page count is estimated at 300 words per page. Length will vary depending on format viewed.
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The Pictures of Hollis Woods lesson plan is downloadable in PDF and Word. The Word file is viewable with any PC or Mac and can be further adjusted if you want to mix questions around and/or add your own headers for things like "Name," "Period," and "Date." The Word file offers unlimited customizing options so that you can teach in the most efficient manner possible. Once you download the file, it is yours to keep and print for your classroom. View a FREE sample
Lesson Plan Calendars
The Lesson Plan Calendars provide daily suggestions about what to teach. They include detailed descriptions of when to assign reading, homework, in-class work, fun activities, quizzes, tests and more. Use the entire Pictures of Hollis Woods calendar, or supplement it with your own curriculum ideas. Calendars cover one, two, four, and eight week units. Determine how long your Pictures of Hollis Woods unit will be, then use one of the calendars provided to plan out your entire lesson.
Chapter abstracts are short descriptions of events that occur in each chapter of Pictures of Hollis Woods . They highlight major plot events and detail the important relationships and characteristics of important characters. The Chapter Abstracts can be used to review what the students have read, or to prepare the students for what they will read. Hand the abstracts out in class as a study guide, or use them as a "key" for a class discussion. They are relatively brief, but can serve to be an excellent refresher of Pictures of Hollis Woods for either a student or teacher.
Character and Object Descriptions
Character and Object Descriptions provide descriptions of the significant characters as well as objects and places in Pictures of Hollis Woods . These can be printed out and used as an individual study guide for students, a "key" for leading a class discussion, a summary review prior to exams, or a refresher for an educator. The character and object descriptions are also used in some of the quizzes and tests in this lesson plan. The longest descriptions run about 200 words. They become shorter as the importance of the character or object declines.
This section of the lesson plan contains 30 Daily Lessons. Daily Lessons each have a specific objective and offer at least three (often more) ways to teach that objective. Lessons include classroom discussions, group and partner activities, in-class handouts, individual writing assignments, at least one homework assignment, class participation exercises and other ways to teach students about Pictures of Hollis Woods in a classroom setting. You can combine daily lessons or use the ideas within them to create your own unique curriculum. They vary greatly from day to day and offer an array of creative ideas that provide many options for an educator.
Fun Classroom Activities
Fun Classroom Activities differ from Daily Lessons because they make "fun" a priority. The 20 enjoyable, interactive classroom activities that are included will help students understand Pictures of Hollis Woods in fun and entertaining ways. Fun Classroom Activities include group projects, games, critical thinking activities, brainstorming sessions, writing poems, drawing or sketching, and countless other creative exercises. Many of the activities encourage students to interact with each other, be creative and think "outside of the box," and ultimately grasp key concepts from the text by "doing" rather than simply studying. Fun activities are a great way to keep students interested and engaged while still providing a deeper understanding of Pictures of Hollis Woods and its themes.
Essay Questions/Writing Assignments
These 20 Essay Questions/Writing Assignments can be used as essay questions on a test, or as stand-alone essay topics for a take-home or in-class writing assignment on Pictures of Hollis Woods . Students should have a full understanding of the unit material in order to answer these questions. They often include multiple parts of the work and ask for a thorough analysis of the overall text. They nearly always require a substantial response. Essay responses are typically expected to be one (or more) page(s) and consist of multiple paragraphs, although it is possible to write answers more briefly. These essays are designed to challenge a student's understanding of the broad points in a work, interactions among the characters, and main points and themes of the text. But, they also cover many of the other issues specific to the work and to the world today.
Short Essay Questions
The 60 Short Essay Questions listed in this section require a one to two sentence answer. They ask students to demonstrate a deeper understanding of Pictures of Hollis Woods by describing what they've read, rather than just recalling it. The short essay questions evaluate not only whether students have read the material, but also how well they understand and can apply it. They require more thought than multiple choice questions, but are shorter than the essay questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
The 180 Multiple Choice Questions in this lesson plan will test a student's recall and understanding of Pictures of Hollis Woods . Use these questions for quizzes, homework assignments or tests. The questions are broken out into sections, so they focus on specific chapters within Pictures of Hollis Woods . This allows you to test and review the book as you proceed through the unit. Typically, there are 5-15 questions per chapter, act or section.
Use the Oral Reading Evaluation Form when students are reading aloud in class. Pass the forms out before you assign reading, so students will know what to expect. You can use the forms to provide general feedback on audibility, pronunciation, articulation, expression and rate of speech. You can use this form to grade students, or simply comment on their progress.
Use the Writing Evaluation Form when you're grading student essays. This will help you establish uniform criteria for grading essays even though students may be writing about different aspects of the material. By following this form you will be able to evaluate the thesis, organization, supporting arguments, paragraph transitions, grammar, spelling, punctuation, etc. of each student's essay.
The Quizzes/Homework Assignments are worksheets that can be used in a variety of ways. They pull questions from the multiple choice and short essay sections, the character and object descriptions, and the chapter abstracts to create worksheets that can be used for pop quizzes, in-class assignments and homework. Periodic homework assignments and quizzes are a great way to encourage students to stay on top of their assigned reading. They can also help you determine which concepts and ideas your class grasps and which they need more guidance on. By pulling from the different sections of the lesson plan, quizzes and homework assignments offer a comprehensive review of Pictures of Hollis Woods in manageable increments that are less substantial than a full blown test.
Use the Test Summary page to determine which pre-made test is most relevant to your students' learning styles. This lesson plan provides both full unit tests and mid-unit tests. You can choose from several tests that include differing combinations of multiple choice questions, short answer questions, short essay questions, full essay questions, character and object matching, etc. Some of the tests are designed to be more difficult than others. Some have essay questions, while others are limited to short-response questions, like multiple choice, matching and short answer questions. If you don't find the combination of questions that best suits your class, you can also create your own test on Pictures of Hollis Woods .
Create Your Own Quiz or Test
You have the option to Create Your Own Quiz or Test. If you want to integrate questions you've developed for your curriculum with the questions in this lesson plan, or you simply want to create a unique test or quiz from the questions this lesson plan offers, it's easy to do. Cut and paste the information from the Create Your Own Quiz or Test page into a Word document to get started. Scroll through the sections of the lesson plan that most interest you and cut and paste the exact questions you want to use into your new, personalized Pictures of Hollis Woods lesson plan.
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