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The Outsiders

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 The Outsiders

Written by:S. E. Hinton,



The Outsiders is the lifestory of fourteen-year-old Ponyboy Curtis. Hinton explores a multitude of themes throughout the story, such as friendship, and coming of age.They are seen by following two rival groups, the greasers and the Socs (pronounced "soashes" by the author, short for Socials), who are separated by status.


Big Ideas-


We will be talking about these big ideas from the book!




As you read each chapter there are some questions for you to think about. Some of the questions you might be asked later on a quiz


The Outsiders: Novel Study

Chapter-by-chapter study questions and essay topics.

  What does Ponyboy end up doing for his English assignment?

Compare and Contrast

While the Socs live carefree lives of privilege, the Greasers all come from hard-knock backgrounds. How are they alike and different. Choose one Idea from below to demonstrate your learning!


1. Writing in a Venn Diagram




2. Writing a 3 paragraph essay


       1st- describe the socs- where do they live, how do they act, how do they solve problems

       2nd-describe the greasers- where do they live, how do they act, how do they solve problems.

       3rd- What does each group have in common? What are some things that could be done to help them understand each other

3. Draw pictures of each group in the clothing they would likely wear, and the setting they live in.

       Calling all artists- This calls for very detailed drawings including pictures of the people, the setting they live in and perhaps a

        meeting between the two groups. Please illustrate something that happened in the book that you feel is important.






Each character has a unique personality and way of dealing with problems. Please s elect a 2 characters from the book you found interesting.

Ponyboy Michael Curtis

Johnny Cade (Johnnycake),

Dallas "Dally" Winston

Sodapop Patrick Curtis

Darrel Shaynne "Darry" Curtis,

Keith "Two-Bit" Mathews,

Steve Randle

Tim Shepard


Using a regular sheet of paper,  bubblus, or Inspiration


Students will create a web with the character name and a small drawing of the character in the middle of the web.





Write narrative descriptions of the characters.



Capstone Project

Thanks to The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

and Michaela Mueller who developed the list of activities from above.


More Resources:



Check out the Offical Web Site:




F.A.Q. on "The Outsiders" and this website


Thematic Unit available at:




Required activities:

____ 1. Read the book.

____ 2. Complete 10 of the 12 chapters for FINAL grade of unit (in lieu of a final test).

____ 3. Participate in the class discussions about the book at the beginning of class

____4.  Complete one choice Activity from A, B, and C.

A. Layer Activities: Choose 60 points

____ 1. Find 20 words throughout the book that are new to you.  Write out the words, a definition, a sentence, and a drawing or symbol to help you remember the meaning of the word.  Use the context of the word from the book to help you.   10 points

____ 2.  Read aloud a chapter with friends, each of you taking the part of one of the characters.  Present a page of it to the class.     20 points

____ 3.  Take the main components of a novel study such as setting, theme, crisis etc. and discuss where each of these concepts is shown in the book.     15 points

____ 4.  Hinton, the author, gives detailed descriptions of each of the characters in the book.  Choose 3 characters and write 3 paragraphs or 3 poems about these characters.     15 points

____ 5. Draw a cartoon of one of your favorite scenes in the book.  20 points

____ 6.  Draw a poster that would appeal to your friends and would make them want to read the book.  For example, the poster could resemble the back of the book, with pictures and a summary of the book. 20 points

____ 7.   Write a newspaper story about Bob, after Chapter 4.  20 points

____ 8.  Write a poem about family that reflects Ponyboy's relationship to either Soda or Darry.    15 points

____ 9. On poster board, create a "graffiti" collage featuring the slang words in the novel. Include actual meanings and current slang equivalents.    10 points

____ 10.  Write another chapter with a different ending to the story.   30 points

B Layer Activities: Choose 20 Points

____ 1. Pick out 12 significant incidents in the book.  Make a timeline with the incidents and a two-sentence explanation of why they are significant.  On the timeline, put the positive incidents towards the top of the paper and the negative incidents toward the bottom.       10 points

____ 2.  Do an interview with Cherry for a local radio station.  Include questions about the problems that exist everywhere and how she feels torn between the Socs and the Greasers.     10 points

____ 3. Make a list of 5 "groups" in this school that are similar to the Socs and the Greasers.  What would the strengths and weaknesses be for each one? (List 5 strengths and 5 weaknesses for each group).     10 points

____ 4. Design your idea of the perfect place, like Ponyboy talks about.  Include details about what you see, hear, smell, taste, and touch there. You may include photos or illustrations.  Compare your perfect place to Pony's (at least 2 paragraphs).    10 points

____ 5.   Design an award for each main character (choose 6 characters).  Write a brief speech outlining why each character qualified for that particular award. For example: Rebel of the Year goes to Dally.    10 points


C. Layer Activities: Choose 20 points

____ 1.  Find two articles in a magazine or newspaper that you think would explain a lesson that Ponyboy learned.  Provide a 3-paragraph summary of each article, then in a paragraph explain its link to the book, and another paragraph with your opinion as to whether you agree or disagree (5 paragraphs total).     20 points

____ 2.   Read another of S.E. Hinton's novels, and in chart format, compare it to The Outsiders, focusing on the following literary elements: plot, setting, characters, and theme.     20 points

____ 3.   Find 3 articles on the Internet about gangs and its risks. Summarize each article in at least 2 paragraphs and then in an additional paragraph include if you agree with these articles.  Why?  Why not?     20 points

____ 4. Research why juveniles commit serious crimes.  Compare the reasons you find with the causes or reasons you can infer from the book.  Use at least 3 sources.  Write a one-page explanation or prepare a 5-minute presentation for the class.

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