"The Outsiders" by S.E Hinton. Class study looking at what the teacher directs the student's learning towards

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'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...