Students are able to explore many themes in The Outsiders that adhere to society, citizenship, identity, and stereotypes. The novel portrays multiple events and characters that elude to the idea of "teen issues." The novel revolves around teenagers and the multiple conflicts they face from society, their social groups, and each other. Comparing the events from the novel that correlate with present day creates a sense of reality for students and extremities of conflict and society. This comparison activity may be done at multiple points of the novel. Students will be able to continuously reference the events and add to their chart as they read the novel.