MARTYN The Outsiders Introduction Every one of us has been an outsider in some way at some point in our lives. Furthermore, every one of us has probably made someone else feel like an outsider. As you read The Outsiders, think about the characters you meet. Ask yourself, “What are the major conflicts in Ponyboy’s life?” and “Would I resolve those conflicts in the same way he did?” By deciding whether or not you agree with the lessons Ponyboy learns about life, you’ll get insight into the characters. You will also get valuable insight into yourself and your peers. When you meet new people your own age, what interests you about them? Put an X on the spectrum to show how important you think each of these qualities in the right column is Not important 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 Somewhat important Very important 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 the way they dress their grades in school amount of money they have to spend kind of possessions they have the way they talk their physical appearance where they live who their friends are how they treat their friends where they hang out their hobbies and interests their sense of humor their athletic ability Begin your personal journey through The Outsiders by thinking about these questions: Please answer on a separate sheet of paper, with detail and in complete sentences. 1. How are social groups (or cliques) formed here at Bogle? 2. Why do people have a natural desire to form cliques (social groups) and divide into smaller segments or circles? 3. Why do you think some of the things from the survey above are more important to you than others? 4. What other qualities would you add to the list from above and why? 5. To what extent does a person’s environment (where they live, family, community, etc.) determine their success and happiness? 6. Is it possible to overcome your environment (for instance: if you’re poor, can you overcome those obstacles)? If so, how or why? 7. Draw a conclusion about why gangs form in societies all over the world. 8. What might motivate a person to be in a gang or act out violently in society? 9. What do you think it takes to make someone a hero? 10. What are some of the most common reasons that a person gets rejected, made fun of, and/or humiliated by their peers?