Before Reading:

Anticipation Guide
Music Getting Inside //The Outsiders// Through Music (Rock and Roll Hall of Fame)
Video: "Smells Like Teen Spirit"
The Outsiders Webquest
About the author:
S.E. Hinton

During Reading:


The word bank will be checked periodically to monitor progress (4/18, 5/4, 5/18)
Total Points: 60

Chapter Summaries:

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 Socratic Seminar-Fishbowl discussions of The Outsiders
  • 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 = 60 points)
  • 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: 7th period and 1st period
    • 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 = 40 points)

Handout for students: Fishbowl Assessment

Dates: 4/15, 4/21, 4/28, 5/2, 5/7, 5/13, 5/16, and if needed, 5/21
Total Points: 100

Final Essay

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.

Total Points: 50
In-class collaboration: Week of 5/19

Character Analysis Essay

  • 5-paragraph essay
  • 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 The Outsiders

Web English Teacher: S. E. Hinton
The Outsiders Lesson (Teaching Language Arts, University of British Columbia)

Other vocabulary options:
Outsider Vocabulary