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A warm-up activity idea for “The Outsiders” novel
9, 10, 11, 12
Title – The Outsiders novel warm-up
By – Christine Helwig
Primary Subject – Language Arts
Secondary Subjects –
Grade Level – 9-12
This warm-up activity is designed to last 30-45 minutes depending on the length of the class discussions. This is designed to begin a novel unit for The Outsiders.
Warm-up before reading The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton:
-Put two chart papers up on the wall.
-Divide the class in half. Have one class brainstorm “cliques” and one brainstorm “gangs.”
-Have students put their answers on the chart paper.
-Students will see that cliques and gangs are quite similar.
-Discuss the similarities and differences.
-Draw the connection of gangs having a “turf” and cliques ostracizing students in the lunchroom. (Each clique has a set table that they sit at.)
-Discuss that in The Outsiders the main characters belong to a gang.
-Students will (hopefully) look at gangs and cliques differently as they read the book.