Set 1 of chapter summaries for a novel focus unit on The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton (Chapters 1-3). Written in English with a simplified vocabulary, these summaries work well for students who are in beginner to moderate levels on the WiDA Can-Do Descriptors scale. Each chapter includes a suggested activity (full activities not included). Following the summaries is a Cloze activity that encourages understanding of the plot, characters, setting, and theme.
Used successfully in 8th grade regular education language arts classroom with Spanish-speaking students on Level 1 and Level 2 of WiDA Can-Do Descriptors scale. (There are some Spanish translations on the document that may need to be modified for other languages.)