"The Outsiders" by S. E Hinton is an early novel based on two waring juvenile gangs, divided by economical and social background, the lower East side Greasers and the upper West side Socs. The novel is set in 1966 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. It is a novel written in first person by a 14 year old Greaser, Ponyboy Curtis who allows us an insight into the lifestyles of these distinct worlds.
I chose the novel "The Outsiders" as a text for year 10 for the following reasons:
It is a novel which draws the reader in and allows the reader to understand a lifestyle alien to them. Even though the novel is set in 1966, it is a novel that's theme can be found in any society and time period. The student can relate to this novel as the narrator of the story is of their own age group and reflects many issues that they themselves may face.
The language of the text is easily understood as are the themes in the story. It contains themes that would interest a young mind, showing many students the seedier side of life. What it would be like to live under such circumstances in constant fear of their lives. It deals with gang warfare, alcohol, drugs, child abuse, murder, survival and growing up. These are areas that a pubescent teenager can easily lose themselves in. It forces the reader to realise that in many cases teenagers have no choice in what lifestyles that are born into in this case either becoming the rich kid or the kid from the wrong side of the tracks.
The novel has been incorporated into a Francis Ford Coppola's 1983 movie adaptation, starring many popular young actors of our time. The use of both text and movie creates a more vivid understanding and appreciation of the novel for there are no major variations between the two texts.
I believe "The Outsiders" is a relevant novel to study as in today's society the concept of violence is an ever present theme. It is a theme that dominates adolescents all over the world. As to survive in today's society many adolescents are faced with the turbulence of growing up in a volatile society and many face the prospect of dealing with some form violence or gang warfare or know of a friend who has.
I believe students would enjoy this novel because it is about "people roughly their own age, contemporary time, the obvious, but none the less potent, parental relationships, challenging authority, establishing ones own personality and future relationship with peers and sex" (Aidan Chambers, Booktalk, Bodley Head, London, 1985.)
This unit of work of 4-6 weeks is apart of the Junior Secondary English Program. It is designed as a series of lessons that involves student's language skills through written and oral tasks around a focus of interest. The aims of this unit are to look at what the teacher directs the student's learning towards.
1) Developing student's ability in understanding language and language issues through the areas of
- everyday communication
- personal expression
2) Students must read the set novel by S.E Hinton
3) Students must view the set movie.
4) Students must complete 3 pieces of assessment (Explain in detail later) p.10
5) Recognise and understand relevant themes introduced by the unit of work.
6) Encourage development in creative and analytical writing.
7) Encourage small group work and peer encouragement.
8) Develop English language proficiency across the unit enabling them to develop listening and speaking by
- role play
- dramatised reading
- participation in group/class/individual discussion
- share personal writing
- analyse visual representative of the novel
- analyse and compare visual to written text
- analyse and compare to other texts of relevant themes
- encourage reading and writing effectively and clearly in a wide range of contexts
9) Use resources to stimulate their thought processes.
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