My students need 40 copies of "The Outsiders" to read in the classroom.
Please help my students learn to love reading! Most of my students have never discovered how books and their characters can come alive and capture their imagination! Please help them learn the joy of reading which will keep them informed and entertained for the rest of their lives!
Our school has students from all around our northeastern Pennsylvania school district.
The students are as diversified as any in Pennsylvania. The school district meets every level of diversity set by the Pennsylvania Department of education, including lower economic conditions.
According to the main character, there are two kinds of people in the world: greasers and socs. A soc (short for "social") has money, can get away with just about anything, and has an attitude longer than a limousine. A greaser, on the other hand, always lives on the outside and needs to watch his back. The main character is a greaser, and he's always been proud of it, even willing to rumble against a gang of socs for the sake of his fellow greasers--until one terrible night when his friend Johnny kills a soc. The murder gets under the main character's skin, causing his bifurcated world to crumble and teaching him that pain feels the same whether a soc or a greaser. This classic, written by S. E. Hinton when she was 16 years old, is as profound today as it was when it was first published in 1967.
The students will learn that no matter what background you come from, or whether you were raised in poverty or wealth, there are many things that bond us all and everyone needs to be accepted and accepting of others.
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