Grade 10: The Outsiders

A dramatic and enduring work of fiction that laid the groundwork for the YA genre. S. E. Hinton’s classic story of a boy who finds himself on the outskirts of regular society remains as powerful today as it was the day it was first published. The novel is set in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in the 1960s and centers around the Curtis brothers, Ponyboy, Sodapop, and Darry, who are part of the greaser gang. The greasers are a group of working-class teenagers who are often at odds with the wealthy and privileged “Socs” (short for Socials). The story follows Ponyboy, the youngest of the Curtis brothers, as he navigates his relationships with his brothers, friends, and the rival gangs.

Connection to Trimester 2 Curriculum Map: The Outsiders explores similar themes to The Crucible, including: Group vs individual, Community, Preserving Childhood Innocence, Individual identity, Class, Honor among the lawless.

Here’s the link to the corresponding Summer Reading Assignment!

Books will be provided by Northeast. However, for more information and to see reviews on The Outsiders, here is the Amazon Link