S. E. Hinton, Danny Boy O'Connor, and The Outsiders

Could your 16-year-old students write a novel? S.E. Hinton did! An engaging video reviews the setting and themes of Hinton's breakout novel The Outsiders through the perspective of hip-hop artist Danny Boy O'Connor, as well as the author herself.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Use the video to inspire learners to write short stories about their own feelings of being an outsider in a social group
  • Ask students to write a journal entry about the setting or a movie or book that they'd like to explore one day
Classroom Considerations

  • Part of The Great American Read project, which prompts viewers to vote for a particular book (voting has since been closed)
  • Includes some spoilers for the book
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website. It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information

  • Emphasizes the themes and messages of the novel
  • Video is short and versatile for classroom use

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