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Expectations The Outsiders.doc
Getting Inside //The Outsiders// Through Music
(Rock and Roll Hall of Fame)
Video: "Smells Like Teen Spirit"
The Outsiders Webquest
About the author:
The Outsiders Word Bank.doc
The word bank will be checked periodically to monitor progress (4/18, 5/4, 5/18)
Total Points: 60
Chapter Summaries -- The Outsiders.doc
Due Dates: 4/15, 4/21, 4/28, 5/2, 5/7, 5/13, 5/16, 5/21 (Same as Fishbowl sessions)
Total Points: 10 points each x 12 = 120 pts.
Assessments / Class Discussions:
Rather than taking quizzes, students will participate in
Character analysis will be a major focus given that this is the final essay topic.
Students will be assigned to groups of 3 or 4 students to report out findings following discussions.
Each student will participate in the inside circle at least 3 times (20 pts. ea. X 3 =
A different student from each group is responsible for posting their findings in the comments portion of a blog.
Each class has its own blog:
Teacher will check out the mobile laptop lab the day following a fishbowl session.
(laptop dates are 4/16, 4/29, 5/5, 5/8, 5/14, 5/19, and 5/22)
A student posts when he/she is an outer circle participant.
Findings should include at least five observations that include elaboration.
Each student will post comments twice during the course of the novel reading. (20 pts. ea. X 2 =
Handout for students:
Dates: 4/15, 4/21, 4/28, 5/2, 5/7, 5/13, 5/16, and if needed, 5/21
Total Points: 100
To prepare students for the final essay, they will work together in small groups on a collaborative "poster" which analyzes one character from the novel. Each group will draw to determine which character they will analyze together.
Collaborative Writing Plan - The Outsiders.doc
Total Points: 50
In-class collaboration: Week of 5/19
Character Analysis Essay
Final Essay The Outsiders.doc
Final Essay Grading Rubric --Outsiders.doc
Provide students with a checklist for writing
Mini-lessons on thesis statement, organization (
, essay map)
Student uses annotations, paraphrasing, quotations to support essay.
3rd person only
6-Traits grading rubric
Due Date: 5/26
Total Points: 100
The Outsiders -- Smells Like Teen Spirit
Optional Reflective Activities:
Additional Resources for Teaching
Web English Teacher: S. E. Hinton
The Outsiders Lesson
(Teaching Language Arts, University of British Columbia)
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