This is a collection of intro activities, projects, and critical reading questions that span the entire novel, The Outsiders, by S.E. Hinton. For the critical reading assignments, questions are separated by chapter. Each chapter has several, in-depth short answer questions that ask students to read closely, offer insightful answers (there are no 'yes/no' questions), and provide textual evidence for their assertions, via citation. These can also be used as great open-ended questions for quizzes, or essay questions on tests. The last few pages are a bonus assessment, that gives students complete and clear instructions on how to write a narrative essay (this can be used as a summative assessment).
What you're getting:
- An intro activity, analyzing Robert Frost's "Nothing Gold Can Stay" poem.
- Several in-depth short answer questions for Chapters 1-11.
- An activity defining Greasers and Socs.
- An activity that asks students to prioritize events according to certain criteria., and make reflections.
- An activity asking students to research symbols and the significance of symbols to both gangs.
- An activity identifying what causes the formation of gangs, and commonalities between the gangs in the novel.
- Summative assessment in the form of a narrative essay, with outline included.
You can slip these assessments right into your own plans, or assign them as homework.
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