This product is a 12 page packet with one journal prompt to follow each chapter in “The Outsiders” by S.E. Hinton. It is an activity planned to be an individual reflection of the actions of the characters and how to use these situations as teachable moments and spark writing prompts geared towards character education. Each page is identical in design and contain a graphic to coincide with the theme of the passage.
There is a one page instructional handout for the writing packet which follows the wording below:
“The Outsiders”, by S. E. Hinton, is a novel full of teachable moments that help the student understand how the protagonist, Ponyboy Curtis, grows and matures. Students are able to gain knowledge about Ponyboy to critique and understand his actions and feelings. Then, students can use these experiences as an opportunity for personal growth.
As students read the novel, they will take a break at the end of each chapter to think about the moral and ethical actions presented to them. They will take all of the situations that are dealt to Ponyboy and try and relate them to their own life. Students will ask themselves some tough questions and answer honestly. This is a good time to reflect on personal integrity, which includes having responsibility for your actions and showing respect to yourself and those around you. Students will think about these questions: Are you trustworthy? Are you fair? What makes you a good friend?
The students will take each learning experiences presented to Ponyboy in each chapter as a way to practice moral and ethical behavior in their life. They will think about moments from their past when they made a great decision. Then, they will think about those times when they could have chosen better. Students will think about: How does learning from past mistakes help build character? How does is show courage?
Students will: Use the writing prompts at the end of each chapter to analyze character development (the character of the character) to think about values; respect, responsibility, and citizenship. Answer all the writing prompts in complete sentences. Please use additional paper if needed.
The document is a PDF file. It is ready to print and copy for student use.