The Outsiders Escape Room Activity - Breakout Review for S.E. Hinton's Novel

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The Outsiders Escape Room is a fun and engaging way to have your students review the most important elements of The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton. Students will visit stations and complete puzzles and challenges related to the plot diagram, characterization, poetry, and vocabulary in the novel. This highly-engaging, interactive escape room for The Outsiders will not only be the perfect ending activity for the novel, but it will also review and check their understanding of the text.


How The Outsiders Escape Room Activity Works:

  • Students work in small groups and move about the classroom to five different stations to complete puzzles and activities related to the novel:
  1. The Plot Diagram Station: Students will order plot cards according to the plot diagram to determine a numeric code.
  2. The Characterization Station: Students will match up quotes from The Outsiders to the characters who said them and use the information they gather to reveal a secret code word.
  3. The Poetry Station: Students will do a close reading of "Nothing Gold Can Stay" by Robert Frost, a poem Ponyboy reads in the novel.
  4. The Vocabulary Station: Students work together to match up new vocabulary words from examples in The Outsiders to their proper definitions (using context clues). Once they have matched them up correctly, it will reveal a mystery word.
  5. The Encryption Station: Students decode an encrypted message based on hidden symbols they have to find throughout The Outsiders escape room to reveal a quote from the novel.

Please note that students will need to have finished the novel to complete this activity. They should also have an understanding of figurative language terms for the poetry activity. The terms they should be familiar with are metaphor, simile, alliteration, onomatopoeia, personification, allusion, and hyperbole.


Included in The Outsiders Escape Room Activity:

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

 ➡️ Classroom Poster: Welcome students and build anticipation by putting this poster on your classroom door as they enter. The poster reads, "The Outsiders Escape Room: Can You Escape."

➡️ Station Signs: Use these signs at each of the five stations, so students can easily keep track of which ones they have completed.

➡️ Station Instruction Cards: Each of the five tasks come with an instruction card, so students know what to do to solve each task related to the novel.

➡️ Escape Room Station Materials: Included are all the materials that you need to set up each station, including envelope templates, plot cards, character cards, "Nothing Gold Can Stay" close read assignment, a vocabulary puzzle, and an encryption assignment.

➡️ The Outsiders Escape Room Answer Booklet: Students will use this booklet to record each of the codes and keys they find at each station. An answer key is provided.

➡️ Reflection and Response Assignments: Included are two reflection assignments that students can complete after the breakout. One is a reflection on the quote revealed in the final puzzle and the other is a reflection on the escape room activity.

What Teachers Are Saying About The Outsiders Escape Room:

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ An extremely fun way to check comprehension!! My students groaned when I said that they had a novel activity, and quickly changed their tune when they started this!

 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This was so fun and made the book that much more interesting for my students. Escape Rooms are always fun activities and activities my students look forward to. We are a competitive group!

 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I used this after completing the novel and as a review before a test. I also had students dress up as greasers or socs. We called it a "Rumble Day." They were so engaged and competitive during this escape room. Overall a great activity. We loved it.


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