The Outsiders Unit Plan - S.E. Hinton Novel Study Reading Unit - Digital Version
The Outsiders Unit Plan Digital Version includes everything you need to teach The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton. With more than 250 Google Slides, Forms, and Docs, there will be absolutely no prep required. This digital novel unit includes eye-catching Google slides, digital assignments, questions, vocabulary, self-grading quizzes, video journals, and interactive digital activities.
This is a Google-compatible activity, and students complete all the work on the computer. This works well with distance learning, 1:1 classrooms, remote teaching, Google Classroom, or for online education.
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➡️ The Outsiders Introductory Google Slides: Introduce the novel with this interactive Google Slides presentation that includes pre-reading discussion questions, an interactive class activity, a biography of S.E. Hinton, a fun review quiz, and historical context of the 1960s (when the novel is set), and background information on the novel.
➡️ The Outsiders Digital Chapter Summary Cards: These digital summary cards are an excellent classroom reference for both teacher and student. The Google Slides include chapter summaries of the most important plot moments from the novel. This digital resource can be used as a tool for struggling readers, as a quick way to find plot moments, or as a digital tool to find text evidence during essay writing.
➡️ The Outsiders Self-Grading Quizzes: These Google Forms quizzes chapter assessments are a quick check for student comprehension. Included are six quizzes to assess student comprehension of the novel. Each quiz includes six self-grading multiple-choice questions and two quotes that students must respond to by sharing context (teacher check on these required). For each quote, students are required to explain what is happening at that point in the plot with any relevant information. Detailed digital answer keys are included.
➡️ The Outsiders Digital Vocabulary Resources: Help students learn new vocabulary words from the novel with this ready-to-use resource. This resource helps students hone their skills in using context clues to determine the meaning of new words as they are used within the novel. Included is a digital vocabulary student booklet organized by chapter sets where students read the new word in a quote from the novel and infer its meaning. Then, they look up the definition to see if they were correct. Google Slides are included for easy class review or grading.
➡️ The Outsiders Writing Prompts - Video Clips: Help your students make connections to the novel with these video journals. Students will watch a short video clip on YouTube that relates to a topic, theme, or idea presented in the novel. A related journal prompt is included and students share their thoughts and ideas in writing. The videos are not specific to the novel, but they relate in a way that allows students to make a text-to-self or text-to-world connection.
➡️ The Outsiders Digital Questions and Answers: This resource includes digital novel reading questions organized by chapters that include comprehension, analysis, and literary device questions. It also includes a useful slide with definitions and examples of common literary devices that students can use as a reference while answering questions. Finally, a Google Slides presentation is included to review the answers with students. The answers are detailed and include text evidence for support.
➡️ The Outsiders Analysis Notes: This 26-slide Google Slides presentation shares some of the most important literary devices in the novel organized by chapter. The notes address characterization, theme, symbolism, allusion, and more. The notes can be used for students to copy, or they can be used as discussion starters. After using this presentation, your students will have a much deeper understanding of the novel.
The Outsiders Unit Plan (Digital Version) also includes creative assignments and activities for each chapter set. You can learn more about what's included below:
➡️ The Outsiders Identity Activity: After reading chapters 1-2 of the novel, students will participate in an interactive digital activity that will help them examine their own identity, choose a group that they identify with, and consider what stereotypes or misconceptions exist about their group. This activity is designed to help students empathize with the characters in the novel and examine the complexities of the theme of identity in the novel.
➡️ The Greasers Character Study: In Chapter 1, the students will meet many of the main characters in this novel. Students will list the characteristics, physical attributes, personality traits, and important relationship connections with this ready-to-use digital assignment. A detailed answer key is included.
➡️ The Outsiders Stereotyping Activity: After reading chapters 3-4, students will participate in an interactive activity that will help them examine their own stereotypes and stereotypes made in the novel. This activity is designed to help students empathize with the characters in the novel and examine the complexities of the theme of stereotyping in the novel.
➡️ Newsworthy Article Writing: Students will write and design a digital headline newspaper article for the day after Bob is killed in the novel. They will incorporate text evidence into their writing as well as two quotes from characters of their choice.
➡️ Nothing Gold Can Stay Poetry Analysis: Help your students explore the meaning and theme of the poem "Nothing Gold Can Stay" by Robert Frost. This poem is recited by Ponyboy in chapter 5, and this digital poetry analysis activity will help your students understand its meaning and apply it to the content and theme of the novel.
➡️ The Outsiders Interview Activity: Ponyboy tells the reader about being interviewed by reporters while in the hospital visiting Johnny and Dally. Not much detail is provided on who is interviewed and what questions are asked, In this activity, students write a digital transcript of the interview Ponyboy gives to the reporters based on the newspaper article from the novel.
➡️ The Outsiders Socs vs. Greasers Rumble Activity: This fun and interactive class activity will allow students to explore the similarities and differences between these two gangs in the novel. In groups, students will take on the perspective of either a Greaser or a Soc and answer prompting questions about their rival gang. Then, they will consider the similarities and differences between the gangs and begin to understand that they are not as different as they first appear. Finally, students will examine important quotes from the novel that relate to this theme in the novel. ______________________________________________________________________________________________
➡️ The Outsiders Plot Diagram Assignment: This assignment includes a ready-to-use digital template for students to type what happens in the exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution of the novel. This is a useful assignment for students to show their understanding of plot structure using a story arc template. Also included is a detailed answer key that outlines the key moments of the plot in each of the areas of the plot diagram.
➡️ The Outsiders Movie Novel Comparison: After watching the film adaptation of the novel, students will find three differences between the text and film versions.
➡️ The Outsiders Movie Review: After watching the film version of the novel, students will write a review for the film adaptation of the novel. They will evaluate the movie, decide if they would recommend it, consider which scenes stood out, decide if the film or novel version is better, and give the film a rating.
➡️ The Outsiders Essay Topics: Use these four essay topics to help students examine and analyze the novel in a 5 paragraph essay.
➡️ Character Social Media Fakebook Page: Students will create a digital social media slide for one of the characters in the novel. They will insert a picture of the character, update their status with how they are feeling, write information about them from the reading, and have other characters leave comments.
➡️ Designing a Digital Wanted Poster: Students will design a digital “Wanted Poster” for a character from the novel. They will use the included graphic organizer with prompting questions first, then use the wanted poster template to create their good copy.
➡️ The Outsiders Assignment- Tattoo a Greaser: For this assignment, students will choose a Greaser and insert images of two tattoos that they might get. Students will have to explain their reasons with support from the text. This creative assignment requires students to show an understanding of symbolism as the tattoos must relate in some way to the Greaser's personality or a theme that emerges in the novel.
➡️ Golden Quotations: Playing on the "Stay Gold" quote from the novel, students will choose two quotations that they think are "golden." This means they are important to either the theme, conflict or characterization of the novel. They must justify their choice with text evidence.
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