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 Amazon.com:
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