The Outsiders
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Author: S.E. Hinton

Subject: Two rival gangs in the 1960s: the Socs, privileged boys, and the greasers, poor outcasts, and the lessons they learn.

Setting: Middle America

Description:
Ponyboy and his two brothers belong to a gang, the greasers, who are working class boys who are often in trouble with the police. Their rival gang is the Socs, well-to-do "social" boys. The greasers imagine that the Socs have perfect lives because they have money and seem to be able to do whatever they want. After a fight goes too far, Ponyboy realizes that the Socs have problems and that both gangs are "outsiders."

Lexile Measure: 750
Grade Level: 6, 7, 8, 9
Genre: Fiction
Sub-Genre: Realistic
Gender of Main Character:

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There are two social groups in "The Outsiders," the preppy Socs and the tough greasers. Everyone belongs to various groups, or cliques. What group do you belong to? What interest or belief do the members of your group share? Write about a group you belong to.

"The Outsiders" by S.E. Hinton is a coming-of-age novel, or a story about the experience of growing up and becoming an adult. Each of the main characters in "The Outsiders" matures in a different way over the course of the story, but Johnny Cade's transformation is the most noticeable. Write a multi-paragraph essay that describes how Johnny Cade matures and becomes an adult over the course of the book. You must write a thesis statement that expresses this opinion of Johnny Cade, a body of two or three paragraphs to support your statement, and a concluding paragraph that sums up this point of view.


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