S. E. Hinton
Lesson plans for The Outsiders and other books
S. E. Hinton
The author's Web site.
Gangs Throughout Literature
This WebQuest asks students to analyze the impact of gangs and to explore conflict resolution strategies. It uses both Romeo and Juliet and the Hatfields and the McCoys as sources.
Getting inside The Outsiders through Music
Students explore the music of the Beatles, Elvis, and Hank Williams, Sr., to understand what these musical preferences suggest about the characters with whom they are associated.
Discussion questions, graphic organizers, writing prompt, and a final quiz. This resource is designed to be used with an audio book but can easily be adapted for reading instead of listening. This 17-page teacher guide requires Adobe Reader for access.
Suggestions for post-reading activities.
The Outsiders: Novel Study
Chapter-by-chapter study questions and essay topics.
Smart Books Lesson Plan
Students estimate the distance in miles between Tulsa, Oklahoma, and another city. Then they use public information to investigate gang activity in both.
Suggestions for Pairing Contemporary Music and Canonical Literature
A list of songs that were inspired by reading literature. Organized by the last name of the author (e.g. Chinua Achebe, William Butler Yeats), the list includes song title, performer, year of release, and more. The list includes 12 songs inspired by The Outsiders.
Vocabulary from The Outsiders
On the "definitions" tab, each word is defined, a link to pronunciation is available, and the word is shown in current use. On the "Notes & Examples" tab, each word is defined and presented in context of the novel. On the "Words Only" tab, the list of all the words.
Chapter-by-chapter questions for reading and discussion.