This project has students establish some background knowledge before beginning The Outsiders, by S.E. Hinton. This introduction activity has students working together in groups to learn about a specific topic (fashion, music, books/literature/school, etc.) from 1955-1965, the period in which The Outsiders is set in. Students then take that learning and create a mini-lesson. This mini-lesson is shared with the class. Therefore, your students are teaching their peers about one topic and learning from the rest of the class about the other topics, like a jigsaw. The topics are listed in this PowerPoint, along with the directions and the rubric. This mini-project not only prepares students for the novel, but also helps them with their research, writing, and oral presentation skills.