The Outsiders Activity - Analyzing the Theme of Identity in S.E. Hinton's Novel

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The Outsiders Activity - Analyzing the Theme of Identity in the Novel is a fun and creative activity that will help your students make connections and analyze theme. After reading chapters 1-2 of The Outsiders by S.E Hinton, students will participate in an interactive 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 for The Outsiders is designed to help students empathize with the characters in the novel and examine the complexities of the theme of identity in the novel.


Included in The Outsiders Activity Examining Identity Theme resource:

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

➡️ Classroom Poster: Welcome students with an eye-catching poster on your classroom door that will hook students into the activity.

➡️ Identity Cards: Use these 30 identity cards to group your students during the activity.

➡️ Group Assignment: A ready-to-print group assignment where students will examine their own group identity and consider common stereotypes or misconceptions.

 ➡️ Sample Assignment Answer Key: A detailed sample response using The Outsiders where the group identifier is the Greasers.


How to use The Outsiders Activity Examining Identity Theme resource:

  1. Students will be greeted by an identity poster on your classroom door which will hook them into this activity for The Outsiders.
  2. Start the class off with a whole-class discussion where students will consider what makes up the identity of a Greaser.
  3. Now students will choose a group that they most identify with by circulating the classroom and examining the 30 identity cards placed around the room. If they can't find a group they connect with, they can create their own!
  4. Once students have made a selection, each group (no matter how small or large), will complete an assignment which has them examine their own group identity. They will consider the reality and the stereotypes about the appearance, personality traits, habits, terminology, and activities of the group.


What teachers are saying about The Outsiders Activity Examining Identity Theme resource:

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I feel this was a real value for my money! Love that it is interactive and gets the kids up out of their seats. Can't wait to use it!

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Always looking to expand my toolkit with different ways of teaching the same materials. It's so great to have lessons like this to help change things up for my diverse batch of learners

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This was a truly thought-provoking activity. I enjoyed seeing my students consider their identity. Thank you!



>>>This resource is included in my unit plan for the novel!

➡️ The Outsiders Complete Unit Plan 



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