ELA B90 – The Outsiders Chapter 3

  • CC 9.3b – Select and use appropriate strategies to communicate meaning before (e.g., considering and valuing own observations, experiences, ideas, and opinions as sources for ideas), during (e.g., shaping and reshaping drafts with audience and purpose in mind), and after (e.g., ensuring that all parts support the main idea or thesis) speaking, writing, and other representing activities.
  • CC9.8b – Write to describe, to narrate, to explain and inform, and to persuade.

Vocabulary – Find the meaning for the following words in this chapter and write one paragraph that uses all 4 words correctly:

  • Aloof:
  • Impersonally:
  • Ornery:
  • Resignedly:
  1. What does Cherry explain as the difference between the Socs and the Greasers?
  2. What does Ponyboy mean on when he says “Johnny and I understood each other without saying anything”? Have you ever had a relationship with someone who you understood, or who understood you, without having to say anything?
  3. When and how did Pony’s parents die?
  4. What happens when Pony comes home after his curfew?
  5. Why does Johnny like it better when his father is hitting him?
  6. At the end of the chapter, how does the author foreshadow that bad things are to come? Has there been any other foreshadowing in the novel? What do you think is going to happen, and why do you think this?
  7. Do you think that Darry hitting Ponyboy was the right thing to do? Why or why not? Do you think that leaving to blow off some steam is the right thing for Ponyboy to do? Explain.

Mini-EssayYou should start with a point form draft, and then a good copy done on a separate piece of paper. Your task is to write a compare/contrast essay, on either the differences between two primary characters of the novel, or the Greasers and the Socials. In what ways are they similar? In what ways are they different? Explain why they are the way they are. Your mini essay should contain at least 4 paragraphs, including an introduction, two body paragraphs, and a conclusion.

  • Introduction – should introduce name of author, text, basic introduction to the topic, and a thesis.
  • Thesis Statement – the thing that you are trying to prove in your paper. (Remember, essay is from the french word meaning “to try.” So what are you trying to prove?)
  • Body – all of your information and opinions.
  • Conclusion – restatement of main ideas and points, and closing remarks.

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