Outsiders Soundtrack

Songs choices inspired by the novel by S.E. Hinton

Standards Addressed:

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.8.2b Develop the topic with relevant, well-chosen facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples.

The Task:

We have all heard a song and felt like the singer was singing right to us. The lyrics represented what we were going through at the time or a situation we could relate to. Music has the ability to make us feel certain emotions. For this assignment, your task is to compile a soundtrack to accompany The Outsiders. Your soundtrack will include five songs that you feel reflect the themes, characters, storylines, etc. For each song, list the title of the song and the artist as well as a well crafted analysis of how the lyrics relate to the text—either a situation in the text, how a character feels, etc. Use examples from the text to show how the lyrics reflect the novel. Use Hinton and the page number in parenthesis to show the author and page.

The Product

Using Smore, you will create an appealing, eye-catching page with all of your soundtrack song choices and rationales. Embed photos, YouTube video and lyrics to make it stand out.


You will be graded on:

- Song Choice: the songs should appropriately fit with the novel, as well as with the scenes that you choose.

- Analysis: your analysis should demonstrate your ability to connect the lyrics to the text; this includes direct reference to the text.

Example of Song/Rationale

Tattoos on this Town by Jason Aldean is a good song to represent Ponyboy and Johnny leaving town after Johnny kills Bob. As Ponyboy and Johnny head out together, it seems that they have left a “mark” on their town. They realize that what they have done will get them in a lot of trouble and it is time to run. When they go to tell Dally what they have done, Dally “walked us towards to the back door, turning off the porch light before we stepped out. ‘Git goin’!’ He messed up Johnny’s hair. ‘Take care, kid,’ he said softly…And we ran into the darkness (Hinton 48). The lyrics of the song represent the scene where Ponyboy and Johnny hop on the train. Jason Aldean sings, “It sure left its mark on us, we sure left our mark on it, we let the world know we were here, with everything we did. We laid a lot of memories down, like tattoos on this town.” Ponyboy thinks he “couldn’t get into any worse trouble than murder. Johnny and I would be hiding the rest of our lives” (Hinton 51). He realizes that they have left their “tattoo” by murdering Bob and skipping town.

Jason Aldean - Tattoos On This Town (Official Music Video)