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Books in our Curriculum: The Outsiders

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton


  • Boys LOVE this book!
  • This is good book for kids who come from an underprivileged background or are exposed to gangs or violence in their neighborhoods. They can relate to this book.
  • This is a very realistic book for students. They can completely understand the cliques and division based on economic backgrounds.
  • This book has great topics for debates in the classroom.
  • The characterization in this book is fantastic.
  • This book is  not very long and does not end in a way that students usually find satisfying. While it is a tear jearker for most kids, they want to know more. The second book That was then, this is now features a completely different set of characters and hints at the first book. 

Activities done for this book:

  • Characterization sheet on the main characters in the book
  • Interactive bulletin board
  • Debate on major themes in the book
  • Bookmarks for Chapters in the book that show: Summary, Important Passages, Connections, Reflections, Questions
  • Final project: Book in a Box or TIME Magazine

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