Chosen Family and The Outsiders

Can you choose your family after all? The greasers in S.E. Hinton's The Outsiders are as close as family, even though only Pony Boy and his brothers are related. A short video features commentary by hip-hop artist Danny Boy O'Connor and S.E Hinton herself about how important it is to feel accepted into a group.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Play the video to introduce a novel unit on The Outsiders
  • Encourage readers to write an argument essay about whether friends can be as close as family
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires access to the Internet
  • Discussing voting for The Great American Read project, which has since closed
  • Short length makes the video versatile for class or independent viewing
  • Theme of the video (and novel) is resonant with teenage reader
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