THE OUTSIDERS Unit Plan - Novel Study Bundle (S.E. Hinton) - Literature Guide

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6th - 12th
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Your learners will get tuff with the rigor and creativity of our engaging activities built from best teaching practices. We want to make your lesson planning journey easy, so you can focus on your expertise. This novel study includes a curriculum map pacing guide that offers our day-by-day suggestion for how to plan out your weeks of lessons. Our pedagogy section explains the instructive idea behind the activity, gives ideas for implementation, and aligns it to the standards. We've filmed some training videos on (1) how to assemble a Novel Analysis Packet that is unique to the academic needs of your learners and (2) how to effectively use our Quickwrite writing prompts.


LEVEL: 6th - 12th

TOTAL: 169 slides/pages in lesson plan unit
→ Based off the 1988 edition [ISBN: 978-0140385724] which has the same pages as the 2006 edition [978-0142407332].

Pacing Guide and Answer Keys included


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♥ Great rigor! I loved the quick writes and all the other concepts.

♥ I've used this with both my 7th and 8th graders. They have absolutely loved it! Some of my reluctant readers even commented on how they can pass the quizzes. A fantastic unit that I have recommended to other teachers at my school.

♥ I am currently using this with my 8th grade students and it has been a lifesaver! I love the nonfiction documents and the vocabulary activity best. The vocabulary activity requires students to use context clues which is fantastic.

♥ This is great! I like that each activity is separate because I could rearrange them in the order the worked best for me. The activities are really fun, and I love the fact that some grammar is included! SUPER! :D

♥ I was so excited to see this because I loved, loved, loved using your unit for The Giver. The resources are of the same high quality, that are ready to use in the classroom the next day.

♥ My students loved the vocabulary and slang terms activity! They had so much fun! Thanks!



→ Suggested timeline of how a teacher could plan out the unit

→ Detailed explanations of the goals of each activity and how to conduct the activities

→ Meets Common Core Standards→ Easy to differentiate for different learning levels: Honors, 2nd language learners, and Sped

Google Earth Introduction Tour (print : digital)

- Ponyboy's House, the Drive-in Theatre, and the playground where they get jumped...they even get to see some of it in 3D zoomed in to the street view. It's rockin awesome.

- 8-location 3D tour across Oklahoma

- CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9

Pre-reading Bias Intro Activity (print : digital)

- answer thematic questions to get students thinking about the novel

- 1-page activity

- 10-slide slideshow

- CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.2

Plot Chart Analyzer Diagram (print : digital)

- organize the 6 parts of the plot

- 1-page analyzer (answer key included)

- CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.2

Character Analyzer (print : digital)

- analyze the main characters

- 2-page analyzer

- CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.3

Conflict Analyzer (print : digital)

- analyze the 6 types of conflict

- 2-page analyzer (answer key included)

- CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.2

Setting Analyzer (print : digital)

- analyze 6 of the main settings

- 2-page analyzer

- CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.2

Slang Used in the Novel (print : digital)

- discuss the definitions of all the slang

- 2-page analyzer (answer key included)

- CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.4

Independent vs. Subordinate Clauses (print : digital)

- practices the difference between the 2 different types of clauses

- 2 pages

- CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.1a; CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.1b

Sentence Structures (print : digital)

- practices the difference between the 4 different types of sentence structures: Simple, Compound, Complex, and Compound-Complex

- compelling bottle-smashing practice PowerPoint game

- 5 pages & 31 slides

- CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.1a; CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.1b

12 Comprehension Pop Quizzes (print : digital)

- a 5-question pop quiz per chapter (answer keys included)
- 38 print pages

- The purpose of these is so students who read the chapters recently would ace the quiz and students who didn't read recently would not do well.

- CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.10

Vocabulary List & Rumbles (Quizzes) (print : digital)

- 12 print pages

- 3 20-word lists & exercises

- 3 quizzes (Rumbles) (answer keys included)

- 2 versions: one with definitions & words matching and one which requires students to with the traditional match definition with the word and one which requires students to recognize the meaning of the word and how it fits in a sentence from the novel

- CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.4

Poem Study - "Nothing Gold Can Stay" (print : digital)

- 1-page handout

- Students study the poem and its meaning in our novel

- CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.7

Sodapop's Cake Recipe Non-fiction Doc (print : digital)

- Information Document Recipe

- 1-page document (answer key included)

- CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.7

Drive-In Movie Theatres Non-fiction Doc (print : digital)

- Information Document Movie Times

- 1-page document (answer key included)

- CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.7

Subject & Verb Agreement Slideshow (print : digital)

- Teaches agreement rules using lines from text

- 15-slide slideshow

- CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L2

Subject & Verb Agreement (print : digital)

- Assesses agreement rules using lines from text

- 2-page activity (answer key included)

- CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L2

Quickwrite Journal Writing Prompts (print : digital)

- 10 Writing Prompts slideshow

- CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.1

Movie vs. Novel Comparison (print : digital)

- compare and contrast the movie and novel

- 2-page group comparison

- CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.7

3 Essay Topics & Rubrics (print : digital)

- 3 essay options for students to choose from (Narrative, Persuasive, Response to Literature)

- Includes essay grading rubrics

- 6-page bundle

- CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.1

Enjoy, and Stay Golden!



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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Determine a theme or central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments.
Describe how a particular story’s or drama’s plot unfolds in a series of episodes as well as how the characters respond or change as the plot moves toward a resolution.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of a specific word choice on meaning and tone.
Compare and contrast the experience of reading a story, drama, or poem to listening to or viewing an audio, video, or live version of the text, including contrasting what they “see” and “hear” when reading the text to what they perceive when they listen or watch.
By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, in the grades 6–8 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.


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