No offense, S. E. Hinton. THE OUTSIDERS is a great book, but, boy, the clichés in it! The clues in this crossword contain clichés from the book. Each has one word missing, which students must supply. Below is the explanation of clichés that students receive before starting the crossword.
"A cliché is an overused word or phrase, such as, “the teacher was watching us like a hawk” or “the sound sent shivers up my spine.” Inexperienced writers often use clichés. Author S. E. Hinton was in high school when she wrote The Outsiders, so she can certainly be forgiven for her overuse of clichés in the story. However, clichés weaken writing by indicating that the writer hasn’t taken time to think about what he or she is trying to say. Instead the writer simply grabs the first word or phrase that comes to mind. Another problem with clichés is that they are so predictable and, therefore, have little impact on readers. Because you’re so used to hearing clichés, they can easily slip into your writing. As you write, make an effort to create your own wording to express your ideas."
Students then go on to complete 27 of the clichés in the book. Below are some sample clues.
* They were all as tough as ___ and looked it. (nails)
* He didn’t ___ an eye when Johnny told him what had happened. (bat)
* He had told us stories about muggings in New York that made the ___ on the back of my neck stand up. (hair)
* He was out like a ___ in a second. (light)
* “Something like that could get you two thrown in a boys’ home so quick it’d make your head ___.” (spin)
As I'm sure you can see, this is a very easy crossword to solve, but that's whole point!
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