THE OUTSIDERS By S.E. Hinton Pre-Reading Questions How do social groups play a part in school? How does someone’s appearance affect how others view him or her? What do you think contributes to violence among teenagers? What can be done to prevent teen violence? How do you define the word “family”? Does a family mean different things to different people? Is it acceptable to commit an act of violence against someone else to protect or get revenge for someone you love? CHARACTER LIST Copy each name, leaving several lines on your paper between each one. Ponyboy Curtis Sodapop Curtis Darry Curtis Johnny Cade Dallas (Dally) Winston Two-Bit Matthews Cherry Valance Bob Sheldon Marcia Randy Adderson Steve Randle AS YOU READ… Jot down character traits for each major character. Include personality, looks, actions, etc. BE SURE to write page numbers for future reference. Note any unfamiliar words or phrases (including page numbers) so that we may go over them together. AFTER YOU READ… (In at least two paragraphs per day) JOURNAL RESPONSE Text to self: How do you relate to what has happened in the book or to the characters? Text to text: Have you ever read anything similar to The Outsiders or similar to the situations or characters in the book? Text to world: Do you know of anyone who has experienced anything similar to events in the book, or do you know anyone similar to the characters?