Informational texts to accompany S.E. Hinton's The Outsiders
Written in the 1960s by Susan Eloise (S.E.) Hinton, a teenager herself at the time, The Outsiders is a coming-of-age novel about two rival gangs in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Frequently found on banned book lists, The Outsiders grapples with teen violence, underage consumption, and group dynamics and dysfunction. A film adaptation of the book debuted in 1983.
Additional Reading Practice
- Hooliganism: The Dark Side of Soccer (Grades 6-8; CCSS.CCRA.R.8)
- We Have To Prevent School Bullying (Grades 9-10; CCSS.CCRA.R.2)
- The Shock Machine (Grades 11-12; CCSS.CCRA.R.1)
Applied Reading and Writing Lessons
- The Tell-Tale Heart (Grade 7; CCSS.RL.7.3; CCSS.W.7.1)
- Words Can Hurt You (Grade 8; CCSS.RI.8.6; CCSS.W.8.1)
- Peer Pressure: Pro and Con (Grade 8; CCSS.RI.8.3; CCSS.W.8.1)
- How Many People Does It Take to Stop One Bully (Grade 9; CCSS.RI.9-10.6; CCSS.W.9-10.1)
- School Shootings Illustrate the Need for Empathy (Grade 10; CCSS.RI.9-10.6; CCSS.W.9-10.1)
- The Destructive Influence of Imaginary Peers (Grade 10; CCSSRI.9-10.3; CCSS.W.9-10.1)
- Multiday Writing: A Slander (Grade 11; CCSS.RL.11-12.3; CCSS.W.11-12.3)
- When a Bullied Kid Grows Up (Grade 12; CCSS.RI.11-12.6; CCSS.W.11-12.1)
Differentiated Lesson Sets for Grades 4-12
- Bullying: How does bullying affect everyone involved: the victim, the bully, and the bystander?
- Conflict and Dominance: How do conflict and the struggle for dominance affect the human spirit?
- Group Decision-Making: What is the best way for a group to make a decision?