The Outsiders - by S.E. Hinton

"Ponyboy." I barely heard him. I came closer and leaned over to hear what he was going to say. "Stay gold, Ponyboy. Stay gold..."

Find out the meaning of this quote when you read Ponyboy's story about growing up at a time when kids were either greasers or socs, two groups that hated each other for their differences.
But, did these groups have anything in common as teenagers at a time when belonging to the right group was all important?

Set in Tulsa, OK in the mid 1960's, The Outsiders follows a formative period in the life of Ponyboy Curtis. Ponyboy is fourteen, tough, confused and yet sensitive behind his bold front. Since his parents' death, his loyalties have been to his brothers and his gang, the rough, swinging, long haired boys from the wrong side of the tracks. When his best friend, Johnny, kills a member of a rival gang, a nightmare of violence begins and swiftly envelops Ponyboy in a turbulent chain of events.

Your Assignments for The Outsiders:

1. Read the book and think about the characters as the plot unfolds. What changes occur in the characters?

2. Fill out a plot sheet.

3. Follow the discussion on the Google Docs page and insert your comments for others to discuss.You must participate.
First question: What are the differences between the greasers and the socs?

4. Select one of the following projects from the list on the Summer Reading home page:
- Book Folder
- Book Mosaic
-Prove-it Project
Be ready to present your project to the group when school begins.