Tweens and teens love The Outsiders by SE Hinton. I have taught this novel for a few years, and have collected a few activities that have been successful with my students both inside a 7th grade English Language Arts classroom as well as a 7th grade Resource English Language Arts classroom.
This unit includes a 6 statement Anticipation Guide, an Open Mind Portrait template and student sample, directions and roles for a class trial for Johnny, and a student worksheet and strategy for a simple way to analyze Nothing Gold Can Stay by Robert Frost. The preview thumbnails show some of the activities, but be assured that they unit plan contains more than the thumbnails could hold.
These are my most successful activities, and they were effective in helping students develop a full understanding of the characters and events in this ground breaking novel.