OUTSIDERS: Here's an Outsiders unit that will engage your students, enhance standards-based literacy skills, and facilitate discussion. Chapter-by-Chapter Response Pages challenge students to dig deep into the text to analyze and make inferences.
The Outsiders Novel Unit contains:
1. OUTSIDERS FREE-WRITES – 12 journal-style writing prompts (one for every chapter) on attractive slides and a Free-Writes handout for student responses. Engaging topics require students to describe, explain, provide reasons and examples.
2. ANTICIPATION GUIDE – This Pre-reading page gets students thinking about their position on some key issues young people face in the novel and in the world today. Great discussion starters!
3. ARGUMENTATIVE PARAGRAPH - From the Anticipation Guide, students choose one issue they feel strongly about and defend their claim with reasons and examples.
4. VOCABULARY PAGES - Eight pages (should be copied back-to-back), with definitions given, focus on 40 words in the novel. The words are grouped Ch. 1-3. 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12. Students study the words and definitions and then place the words correctly in sentences that are given, and also chose some words to illustrate meanings and use in original sentences.
5. VOCABULARY QUIZZES - Four Vocabulary Quizzes are provided, one to match each group of vocabulary words as listed above.
6. SLANG WORDS MATCHING – This presents 12 slang words (or expressions) used in the novel. Students try to match the slang with their intended meanings.
7. CHARACTER CHART - Students record text details for each of the Greasers based on the novel's exposition.
8. GREASERS/ SOCS COMPARE CONTRAST ORGANIZER - Students track similarities and differences between the two gangs based on a number of categories given.
9. CHAPTER-SEQUENCED RESPONSE PAGES - These pages presents a variety of prompts that allow students to examine specific chapter details. Students cite text-based evidence to analyze what the text says, make inferences, and analyze dialogue, author’s tone and word choice, themes, and character's point of view. Student response areas are all neatly arranged in varied formats. Students enjoy some discussion around these topics with a partner or in small groups.
10. “PLOTLINE” GRAPHIC ORGANIZER – A visually attractive 2-page organizer (should be copied back-to-back) with descriptions provided for the terms Exposition, Rising Action, Climax, Falling Action, and Resolution and plenty of room for student responses.
11. “CONFLICT” IN THE OUTSIDERS – Students analyze types of conflict on this organizer: Man vs. Man, Man. vs. Nature, Man vs. Society, Man vs. Self. They identify a conflict for each and explain how it is resolved.
12. OUTSIDERS WRITING TOPICS ASSIGNMENT - 3 choices are offered for differentiation. The topics are creative but require text-based details. Students enjoy this 2-page writing process assessment! Includes WRITING TOPICS RUBRIC for grading.
13. 2 TESTS – A 20-question Quiz on Chapters 1-5 and a 30-question End-of-Novel Test (matching and multiple choice/comprehension)
14. OUTSIDERS BOOK—MOVIE COMPARE AND CONTRAST –Use this handout as students view the popular Outsiders movie and engage students with Common Core standard 8.7.
15. OUTSIDERS SHORT RESEARCH TOPICS – 8 research topics/ideas based on references and allusions in the novel. Suggested products: paper, mind map, poster, or PowerPoint presentation.
16. ANSWER KEY
17. TEACHER GUIDELINES and COMMON CORE STANDARDS
If you plan to teach The Outsiders, this product is definitely something student-friendly and complete in its scope to keep them engaged!
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Thank you, Joy
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