Connecting “The Outsiders” with the Problems of Contemporary Teens

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Learning Objective

Students will be able to: find parallels between the problems of the characters Ponyboy, Johnny, Dallas, and the other members of the Greasers group in the novel “The Outsiders” set in the 1960s, and those of real-life contemporary teens in similar disadvantaged situations.

They will also be able to answer the following Essential Question:

  • How could “restorative justice” help real life teens who fight, avoid the tragedies faced by characters in “The Outsiders”?

Learning Standard

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.8.1
Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.8.4
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including analogies or allusions to other texts.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.8.1
Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.8.4
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience. (Grade-specific expectations for writing types are defined in standards 1-3 above.)

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