This is a single-page PDF document (printable) for student analysis and explication of characters' motivations to get involved in physical fighting in the novel The Outsiders (specific up through Chapter 9).
With this colorful, graphic handout, students will be invited to:
a.) identify characters' reasoning for fighting in their own words
b.) identify page numbers where they "know" this
c.) identify specific quote(s) where characters share their reasoning/motivations for getting involved in "the rumble."
d.) show their work in a graphic organizer
This printable can easily be used for a formative assessment to check students' reading comprehension and application, and it gets to the heart of character development and analysis and opens a text-based conversation of why characters do what they do and how the novel builds toward its climax, falling action, and eventual resolution. My students have traditionally quite enjoyed this application and learn that everything is truly presented through the eyes of its narrator, first-person narration by Ponyboy Curtis. They learn further why this main character and narrator makes the choices he does and can open the conversation further to why and how they agree or disagree with these characters as they move toward the novel's conclusion.
I invite you also to check out my Outsiders full unit PPT, from the first through the final day of a CCSS-driven day-by-day lesson plan selection for utilizing this coming of age novel in any middle through high school ELA course. Students really enjoy and connect with this novel! Thank you for visiting my store, and I look forward to your feedback.