I use the box and t-chart graphic organizer for many compare and contrast assignments including comparing the book version with the movie version of a story. I find the straight lines are easier for upper elementary students to record information than the circles on a Venn diagram.
Stanley Yelnats is accused of a crime he did not commit and sent to a camp for troubled boys. To build character, the boys are required to go out and dig a hole each day of their sentence. Soon it becomes apparent that the holes have more significance than the consequences for the youths’ poor choices. Can Stanley solve his immediate problems and in the process resolve decades old injustices?