Lesson Plan

Mob Mentality and "The Outsiders": Integrating Fiction and Nonfiction

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S. E. Hinton's The Outsiders allows middle schoolers to reflect on mob mentality. After reading an article and watching a video about herd mentality, class members find examples in the novel of when characters go along with the crowd and when they act independently. To conclude the lessons, individuals craft a reflection about a time when they were pressured by mob mentality and what they might do differently now.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Present the lesson after class members have completed reading The Outsiders
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires copies of three handouts, as well as a projection device with internet for the slideshow and the video
  • Links provide details about the various learning strategies used in the lesson
  • None
Common Core