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Gang violence in america

Gang violence in America

I.S. 52 Class: 721 Teacher: S. Namnun


  • We are going to use the Public Policy Analyst steps to understand the themes of the book “The Outsiders” by SE Hinton and its connection to problems that we can find in our real world. This lesson will focus on steps 1 and 3 of the PPA, Identifying the Problem and Identifying causes.

The steps of the ppa
The Steps of the Ppa

  • Define the problem

  • Gather evidence

  • Identify causes

  • Evaluate a policy

  • Develop solutions

Step 1 identify the problem
Step 1: Identify the PRoblem


  • Use the following worksheet as a starting point to analyze “Gang Violence in America.”

Gang violence in america1
Gang Violence in America

  • Understanding the concept of Gang violence in America as a way to create prior knowledge for The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton.

What is a gang
What is a gang?

  • Do you think there is gang violence problem in this country?

  • Why do you think some people may join a gang?

  • Are there any gangs in your community?

  • Do you feel part of any group?

  • Why do you think some people feel safe belonging to a group or gang?

Understanding the theme
Understanding the theme

  • Why is important to understand the concept of gang violence in America to fully appreciated the theme of the Outsiders?

Step 3 identify causes
Step 3: Identify Causes


  • Use the following worksheet and the guiding questions in the following slides to identify some possible causes of people joining gangs.

Do you belong to a group
Do you belong to a group?

  • Do you think the Greasers in The Outsiders are really a gang? Explain your answer.

Would you join a gang
Would you join a gang?

  • What are some of the reasons that you think Johnny and Pony Boy are part of the Greasers?

  • What is your identity?

  • With which groups do you identify?

Language frame
Language Frame

  • Using your knowledge of Gangs and identity provide evidence from the book for the reasons that Johnny and Pony boy are parts of the Greasers.

  • After reading…

  • I firmly believe that…

  • Because (provide three reasons)…

  • For all these reasons, I conclude that…