This is a complete 4-week unit for S.E. Hinton's THE OUTSIDERS, emphasizing the writing and revision process and close analysis of the text. The prompt focuses on the influence of Robert Frost's "Nothing Gold Can Stay" on the development of Hinton's story and themes. Included in 13 pages of materials are a 2-page overview of the analytical essay assignment, including the prompt related to Frost's "Nothing Gold Can Stay" and its influence on Hinton's novel, explanation and examples for a dialectical quotation journal, and a detailed agenda for the 4-week unit; a 2-page handout demonstrating an effective way to introduce and analyze quotations in argument; a 4-page model essay to provide an example for students; a 2-page peer evaluation form for in-class assessment of content and structure; a 1-page copy of the prompt alone if used as a timed response; a 1-page permission slip for viewing Coppola's film version of THE OUTSIDERS; and a 1-page essay evaluation form for teacher assessment. Take a look at my listings for quizzes, an alternative unit, and activities for Hinton's novel. Please check out my other materials for grammar and mechanics, literary units, and writing instruction.