The Outsiders Activity - Greasers vs. Socs Rumble Interactive Class Activity

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The Outsiders Activity Greasers vs. Socs Rumble is a fun and interactive class activity that will allow students to explore the similarities and differences between these two gangs in The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton. 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 Outsiders that relate to this theme in the novel.

How The Outsiders Activity Socs vs. Greasers works:

  1. After posting the "Socs vs. Greasers" poster on the classroom door to welcome students, students will be broken into groups. With their new "gang," students will complete a group activity that exposes the similar hatred that each group feels for the other.
  2. After sharing their responses with the class, they will complete a second assignment that has them compare these two rival groups. This activity will expose the significant similarities between the Socs and the Greasers.
  3. To close the activity, students will receive quotation discussion cards that include quotes from The Outsiders that explore the idea that these two rival gangs are not as different as they appear.


Included in The Outsiders Activity Socs vs. Greasers Resource:

➡️ Teacher Instructions: These detailed teacher instructions will help you facilitate The Outsiders Activity Socs vs. Greasers activity in your classroom. With step-by-step instructions, you'll feel totally confident implementing this activity.

➡️ Classroom Poster: Welcome students and build anticipation by posting the Greasers vs. Socs Rumble poster on the classroom door.

➡️ Greasers and Socs Table Signs: Students will be in groups of either Greasers or Socs. Use these table signs to keep track of each gang during the activity. 

➡️ East vs. West Rumble Assignment: Have students take on the perspective of either a Greaser or a Soc to complete this assignment where they share their thoughts on the rival gang. Assignment pages for each gang are included and prompting questions are provided.

➡️ Greasers and Socs Comparison Assignment: HStudents will share the similarities and differences between these two gangs with text evidence from The Outsiders. The assignment will reveal that the two groups have a great deal in common. An answer key is provided for review.

➡️ The Outsiders Quote Cards: Have students discuss 4 quotes from the novel that explore the idea that the Greasers and the Socs are more similar than they appear. For example, “It seemed funny that the sunset [Cherry] saw from her patio and the one I saw from the back steps was the same one. Maybe the two worlds we lived in weren’t so different. We saw the same sunset.”


What Teachers Are Saying About The Outsiders Activity Socs vs. Greasers Resource:

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This was the perfect engaging activity for my 7th-grade students to break up our reading! It was a great way to facilitate quality discussions even post-novel, as my students really took to their greaser/soc status. 

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Allowed students to more thoroughly understand the perspectives of the characters.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This was a great activity for my students! It really helped them identify the differences between both groups as they were struggling with this previously while reading. They loved this!


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