8th Grade Language Arts
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Honestly, a majority of students develop excitement for this story, as the characters and scenarios are still relatable to teens today. While reading time will be given during classes, you should see your child reading it at home throughout the next several weeks, as each student has a copy of the book.
As a pre-reading activity, students engage in brainstorming what they think they know about the '60s, and learn more about the era of the novel's setting.
After finishing the novel, we do watch the movie version of The Outsiders. PG-13
The Outsiders deals with social class conflict, the loss of innocence and the idea that the good and beautiful things in life won't last forever...
Concepts, Skills, and Assignments for this Unit
- Considering the differing perspectives of others.
- Analyzing themes
- Character analysis
- Recognizing literary "signposts" while reading
- Building vocabulary within the context of reading using the system of Notice and Note by Kylene Beers and Jeff Probst. You can learn more HERE
- Study guides and contribution to small group discussions with preparation
- Chapter quizzes
- Written reflections
- Chapter-related mini-projects
- Final novel assessment
About Independent Reading Projects...
Please notice and encourage your child's independent reading of choice books in their spare time.
For second quarter, the project will be a formally written book review with a creatively designed book cover. These reviews will also be displayed in the Parkside library.