Critical Analysis of The Outsiders. By S. Boyd Revised by B. Lamkin. Portfolio Requirements. As we read The Outsiders, you will be required to complete a portfolio analysis of the book. You will be given a file folder for this project
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By S. Boyd
Revised by B. Lamkin
By the time she was 17 years old, Susan Eloise Hinton was a published author. While still in high school in her hometown--Tulsa, Oklahoma--Hinton put in words what she saw and felt growing up and called it The Outsiders, a now classic story of two sets of high school rivals, the Greasers and the Socs (for society kids). Because her hero was a Greaser and outsider, and her tale was one of gritty realism, Hinton launched a revolution in young adultliterature.
S. E. Hinton
Since her narrator was a boy, Hinton\'s publishers suggested that she publish under the name of S. E. Hinton; they feared their readers wouldn\'t respect a "macho" story written by a woman. Hinton says today, "I don\'t mind having two identities; in fact, I like keeping the writer part separate in some ways. And since my alter ego is clearly a 15-year-old boy, having an authorial self that doesn\'t suggest a gender is just fine with me."
Today, more than twenty-five years after its first publication, The Outsiders ranks as a classic, still widely read and one of the most important and taboo-breaking books in the field. Finally, someone was writing about the real concerns and emotions of a teenager. The Outsiders marked the beginning of a new kind of realism in books written for the young adult market, and Hinton\'s next four books followed suit.
She wrote her second book while she was in college at the University of Tulsa, studying to be a teacher. But "I don\'t have the nerve or physical stamina to teach," she says. "I did my student teaching, but I couldn\'t leave the kids and their problems behind me; I\'d go home and worry about them. I think people who are good teachers do one of the most important jobs there is; I can\'t praise them highly enough."
David Inhofe, who is now her husband, was her boyfriend then and was instrumental in helping her get her second book written. Hinton was suffering from writer\'s block. Inhofe refused to go out with her at night unless she wrote two pages during the day, and slowly but steadily over four months, she compiled the manuscript that became That Was Then, This is Now, a story of drugs, delinquency, and a tough kid making a tough decision. She and David were married in 1970; the second book was published in 1971.
On a piece of paper write Author Facts then answer the following questions.
Design a character map that describes each character’s personality and appearance and illustrates the relationships between the characters
The Outsiders is a book that shows that “beneath the trappings of madras or leather, individual hearts have much in common.”
Nature\'s first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf\'s a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.
On a piece of paper write Nothing Gold Can Stay then answer the following questions in complete sentences.
*1. What do you think the poem, “Nothing Gold Can Stay” means? Use at least two direct quotes (lines) from the poem in your answer of 4-6 sentences.
On a piece of paper write Conflict then answer the following questions.
*1. Define Conflict.
*2. List the TWO main types of conflict.
*3. List the four subtypes of Conflict.
Use the literary terminology links on the Gr. 8 Web page to define plot.
What three things does the plot do?
What is the major conflict in The Outsiders?
List several minor conflicts in The Outsiders.
What scene is the climax of the plot? Describe it briefly.
How is the major conflict resolved?
*1. Read about Characterization on the Gr. 8 Webpage. List three of the five methods an author uses to reveal a character’s personality.
*2. Which ones does S.E. Hinton use?
*3. Make a T-Chart of major and minor characters in the Outsiders. Think carefully about which list to put each character in.
4. List at least two conflicts experienced by Ponyboy, and label them as internal or external.
5. What characterization methods are used to portray Ponyboy?
6. What is Ponyboy’s character like initially (in the beginning of the book)?
7. What forces cause Ponyboy to change?
8. What is Ponyboy like after he changes?
9. What is the turning point in Ponyboy’s character development?
10. Write a detailed sentence describing each of the following characters (can answer after reading ch. 1-6):
Ponyboy Johnny Soda Darry Dally Two-bit Cherry
Read about Setting on the Gr. 8 Webpage. Define it.
What is the setting of The Outsiders?
How does the author establish the setting?
Could this story take place in another setting? Why, or why not? Explain in a detailed paragraph.
Read about Theme on the Gr. 8 Webpage. Define it.
Describe at least three themes expressed in The Outsiders that can be applied to our everyday life (place a star by the most important).
Section IX: The Outsiders Study Questions: On a piece of paper, write Study Guide then answer the following questions in healthy paragraphs of 5-7 sentences.
Section XII:Vocabulary Development in The OutsidersOn a piece of paper, write Vocabulary Development then answer the following questions.