This is a fantastic assignment, based on SE Hinton's classic novel, that gets students to analyze and evaluate their own prejudices/opinions. It requires students to rank the way they choose their friends and think about the differences between superficial and significant character traits. Students must then write about what they've learned, comparing/contrasting their own lives to the characters in The Outsiders.
I enjoyed using this assignment as a mid-term exam, but it also functions well as an introductory activity. This assignment is also differentiated for two levels of students. The pages marked at the bottom with a TRIANGLE represents the At-Level and Above-Level students, while the pages with a CIRCLE indicate the Below-Level students.
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