“The Outsiders” Pre-Reading Activities
This product is for one week of classroom activities (31 pages) that serve as pre-reading activities for the novel “The Outsiders” by S.E. Hinton. This includes cooperative learning tasks, expository writing based from nonfiction text, and vocabulary. I use the vocabulary as the introduction (bell work) activity each day.
Day 1 –
Vocabulary: Read through list of 10 words and fill in the blanks.
Introduction to Stereotypes:
There is a one page lesson procedure and three pages of images to use under a document camera. There are discussion prompts to discuss general, gender, and teenage stereotypes. Then, there is a cooperative learning group activity that discusses stereotypes in school. The purpose of this lesson is to lead to uncovering the stereotypes given to Greasers and Socs.
Day 2 –
Vocabulary: Crossword puzzle
“The Life of Reilly”:
This lesson includes a link to a website about an article on ESPN dealing with stereotypes. The lesson requires students to complete a close read on the article and answer questions dealing with the stereotypes given within the article. I put the article under the document camera and model highlighting and annotation techniques. Students then answer the questions with their group. The lesson includes a Ticket out the Door for individual assessment.
Day 3 –
Vocabulary: make flashcards of each of the words using index cards
The students are each given a series of questions that they have to answer individually about issues that will arise in the novel. Then, they circulate the classroom and tally their classmate’s responses. The teacher will conduct a discussion about the experience and students will complete a Ticket out the Door for immediate feedback.
Day 4 –
Vocabulary: Game (laminate pictures for game pages.
S.E. Hinton: Expository Writing
This activity requires the students to read a brief article about author S. E. Hinton. Then, students complete an expository writing task where they are required to use evidence based details from the text to answer questions. This is one of the first times I introduce using text-based details to enhance student responses (a common task required in CCLS)
Day 5 –
Would you ever…..
This is a cooperative learning activity where students will circulate the room and discuss eight task cards about issues from “The Outsiders”. Students will move through each of the stations and spend about 2 minutes discussing each of the topics. (I laminate the task cards and place them around the room so students are able to move about the classroom). As we read the novel, I always refer back to these discussion prompts so the students see their relevance.