The Outsiders

Today (3/19/08) we begin our next novel, The Outsiders, by S.E. Hinton.

Here’s a brief synopsis of the novel, written by

According to Ponyboy, there are two kinds of people in the world: greasers and socs. A soc (short for “social”) has money, can get away with just about anything, and has an attitude longer than a limousine. A greaser, on the other hand, always lives on the outside and needs to watch his back. Ponyboy is a greaser, and he’s always been proud of it, even willing to rumble against a gang of socs for the sake of his fellow greasers–until one terrible night when his friend Johnny kills a soc. The murder gets under Ponyboy’s skin, causing his bifurcated world to crumble and teaching him that pain feels the same whether a soc or a greaser. This classic, written by S. E. Hinton when she was 16 years old, is as profound today as it was when it was first published in 1967.

We will read the beginning of the book in class. Students should plan on reading through Chapter 5 by the end of vacation. Bring your book and packet with you over vacation so you can answer questions and do the work while it’s still fresh in your mind.

Enjoy the book.

Here is a digital version of the packet.  All questions should be well thought out, well written, and typed

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Page 5

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Persuasive Writing

Persuasive Writing

In persuasive writing, a writer takes a position FOR or AGAINST an issue and writes to convince the reader to believe or do something.

Persuasive writing is often used in advertisements to get the reader to buy a product. It is also used in essays and other types of writing to get the reader to accept a point of view. In order to convince the reader you need more than opinion; you need facts or examples to back your opinion. So, be sure to do the research!

Persuasive writing follows a particular format. It has an introduction, a body where the argument is developed, and a conclusion. After writing an essay, like any other piece of writing, you should read, revise, conference and revise, before publishing the final product. Before starting, check the rubric to see how you will be evaluated, as well as, all the ingredients required to write the essay.

Persuasive Writing – a how to guide

Persuasive Writing – an outline of “how to”

You will use the topic you developed in class with your clock buddy.  You will write persuasively trying to convince your audience of your point of view.  You must include and discuss the argument for and against the topic.  Use your Pro/Con T-chart and research to back up your claim.


  1. Wednesday – Define Topic, create Pro/Con chart
  2. Thurs./Fri. -Research you topic and write your argument
  3. Mon./Tues. – Present your argument to your class and post to Blogs

What’s Next to Explore?

What’s left to Explore?


Look into the future and what’s left to explore?  How are modern day explorers influenced by explorers of the past?  What lessons have we learned from the past explorers that can help us with modern day discoveries?  Should the ethics of new discoveries be discussed before exploration takes place?  Should some areas of exploration be “off limits?”  Who should decide that?   How will new discoveries help to create a New Renaissance?   What might be the world’s NEXT big Renaissance?  Describe.

  • Space (worth the cost?)
  • oceans (who owns them?)
  • arctic
  • nanotechnology (possible sinister uses)
  • health/human body (ethics?)
    • cloning (ethics)
    • gene therapy (ethics)
    • stem cell research (ethics)
  • environment
    • wind energy (aesthetics)
    • hydro-electric (environmental impact)
  • artificial intelligence (impact on human race)
  • resources from moon or mars
  • sustainability

Pros and Cons.  Create a T-chart to show pros and cons of your topic.  Work with your clock buddy to  build up a list of pros and cons (advantages and disadvantages) of your topic. You will be writing persuasively to try and convince your audience that your opinion is valid.

Renaissance TEST – Mon./Tues.

Our study of the European Renaissance comes to a conclusion this week. We will be reviewing everything we’ve discussed and learned so far in preparation for a TEST on Monday/Tuesday of next week.

Monday 3/10 (class H and I) ; Tuesday 3/11 (class J)

One half of the TEST questions will be from the Renaissance Videos (The Renaissance for Students) we watched in class and discussed. Half of the Test questions will come from these video questions. Review them by clicking a link below:

  1. Everyday Life in the Renaissance
  2. A History of the Renaissance
  3. Renaissance Trade, Travel and Exploration
  4. Renaissance Science and Invention

Test Review / Homework:  You need to write 10 multiple choice questions about the Renaissance using the video questions and book questions as your sources.  Post these 10 questions on your blog, then go to 3 other student blogs and answer their questions by leaving answers in the comments.