We will begin by exploring the concepts of stereotypes and perspectives. We will be using S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders as a way to investigate how people construct different understandings of the world from different points of view, and how this can lead to incomplete or simplistic ideas about people (stereotypes).
The Outsiders was written by Hinton when she was still in secondary school, and she finished the book by the time she was 17! Since its publication in 1967, it has become a staple of middle school English classes all across the world. What is it about this book that seems to capture hearts and minds, even decades after its publication? Perhaps it is because it reveals that things are not always what they seem, and it can be beneficial to look at issues from other peoples’ points of view. Well, either that or the interesting cast of characters!
Session 1 – “No-Good Hoods!” Stereotypes and Gangs
In the first session we will explore the concept of stereotypes before tuning in to the unit by exploring our notions about gang members. We will listen to a podcast activity about the gangs of Harper High (Chicago) and begin reading The Outsiders.
Session 2 – “Literary Learnings”
Good fiction can reveal truths about the real world. In this lesson we investigate some of the important concepts that are illustrated by the novel and learn to support our connections with reference to a literary text.
Session 3 – “A Personal Perspective”
Who tells the story, and why is it important to consider this question? Today we learn about how point of view can change the interpretation of a story. We will consider the advantages and disadvantages of the first person POV and discuss why S.E. Hinton might have chosen this narrative viewpoint.
Session 4 – Prejudice and Stereotypes
What is prejudice? Where does it come from? What effects does it have? In this session, we take a break from the book to explore real-life depictions of stereotypes and instances of prejudice.
Session 5 – “Contrasting Cliques”
Fiction is full of contrasts – often writers or film makers will put two very dissimilar characters right next to each other! Today we explore the effect of contrasting characters and ideas and learn to use a ‘double bubble’ map. We will also revise our understanding of characterisation and the STEAL model.
Session 6 – “Beyond the Stereotypes”
How closely do the stereotypes we hold represent real people? Today we explore this question by comparing and contrasting characters from the text with the Greaser and Soc stereotypes. We will also learn about how to start an literary analysis essay using the EmPOWER strategy.
Session 7 – Writing Academically
We take some time out from the novel to revise and improve our essay knowledge and skills. We will focus on content, audience, purpose, structure, language, using evidence, and style/language use. We will apply our knowledge by editing our essays.
Session 8 – “Between the Lines”
In today’s lesson we reflect on our essay feedback, learn the importance of inferencing, and use this reading skill to improve the level of perceptive detail in our analytical writing.
Session 9 – “You, Me and Us” Group Identity
Ponyboy has mixed feelings about being a greaser. In this lesson we will try to create more nuanced ideas by considering conflicting opinions about individual vs. group identity.
Session 10 – “She’s Leaving Home” Narrative exam
We will prepare for the upcoming exam by analysing a poem, learning the features of narrative, and planning our story opening.
Session 11 – Letters to the editor
Different perspectives can also be explored in nonfiction texts. In these lessons we will be reading about real-life news stories concerning prejudice and stereotypes and learn to write letters to the editor to express different points of view.
Session 12 – Conclusion
Today we wrap up the unit by considering how our knowledge, understanding and skills have developed. We will also learn about making our language more active and concise in order to more effectively peer- and self-edit our letters to the editor.
Task 1 – The Outsiders literary analysis essay (stereotypes)
Task ? – Letters to the Editor
Task ? – She’s Leaving Home narrative exam
RESOURCES AND LINKS
- Audiobook link – Listen to this as you read the novel.
- CliffsNotes– Very comprehensive summary and analysis of The Outsiders
- SparkNotes – Another comprehensive summary and analysis site
- Shmoop – This site provides analysis in fun and friendly language. Just don’t use the same style in your own analytical writing! There is also a good video summary here.
The Significance Of Stereotypes Illustrated In Hinton's Novel, The Outsiders
Stereotype, someone who is regarded as embodying or conforming to a set image or type. This is the main component of the S.E. Hinton novel The Outsiders. The stereotypes in the novel are the Socs and the Greasers. The Socs are the rich kids who don’t have to work for anything, while the Greasers are the poorer kids who have very little. They both live in the city of Tulsa, one group on the Northside and one on the Southside. Outside of these boundaries no-one knows of them but the hatred for each other still plays on their minds.
In our community stereotypes play a part in life, but in The Outsiders it is the core theme of the story combining with teenage struggles. In The Outsiders the main character Ponyboy Curtis conforms to the image of a Greaser and seen as the most stereotypical example of a Greaser. On some occasions he can see through the stereotype to see that we are all the same, because it is just how other people see you that make you different, and that doesn’t matter. In some chapters Ponyboy says that he is a Greaser and they are Socs but in others he says they are all the same. Stereotypes are one of the most common things in our community, because in our society you always fit into a group; fat, tall, smart, athletes. It is good to see that Ponyboy can look past people’s differences and begin to like the Socs for who they are.
In the city of Tulsa there is a gang war between the Greasers and Socs. When the boys left the city they found that no one knew about Greasers and Socs, so they wouldn’t get jumped or discriminated against by the cops or other gangs. Time away from Tulsa helps the main character Ponyboy, a Greaser, reflect and see there is not much difference between the Socs and the Greasers, just how others see them. Socs like Cherry and Randy help Ponyboy along the way to see through the stereotype after the death of a...
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