Q4: Wk 6 – May 3 – May 7

TeacherKevin Kearney
Subject AreaELA/Reading
Grade Level7
Week #6
Unit of InstructionThe Outsiders
Standard(s) Taught

LAFS.7. L.1.1 Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
LAFS.7. W.3.9 Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
LAFS.7.RL.1.2 Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text; provide a summary of the text.
LAFS.7.RL.1.3 Analyze how particular elements of a story or drama interact (e.g., how setting shapes the characters or plot).

Learning Targets and Learning Criteria

I can identify various literary devices in a text.
I can analyze how the properties of a text affect its meaning.
I can determine themes within a text an analyze how they are developed.
I can demonstrate reading comprehension in a formal evaluation.

Classroom Activities


NO bell ringer
Review Vocabulary
Quote illustration: Choose a quote from The Outsiders and produce either a detailed illustration to accompany the quote or write a short story inspired by the quote. One full page. Sample quotes available below. (1st period excused from this assignment)

No Bell Ringer
Concept Lesson: Narrative frames, unreliable narrators
Example Video: The X-Files “Jose Chung’s From Outer Space”

-Bell Ringer: Write a brief story using all 10 of this week’s vocab words.
-Read The Outsiders chapters 8-9
-Song project work time, check in

-Collect bell ringer notebooks
-Watch first half of The Outsiders Movie

-Vocab Quiz (5th period excused from vocab quiz this week)
-Outsiders review questions
-The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allen Poe, dramatic reading

Assignments Due

MONDAY: Quote Illustration (1st period excused)
FRIDAY: Vocab Quiz (5th period excused)


“He sure put things into words good.”

“He can get drunk in a drag race or dancing without ever getting near alcohol.”

“I keep getting tireder and tireder.”

“It’s not money, it’s feeling. You don’t feel anything and we feel too violently.”

“Robert Frost wrote it. I always remembered it because I never quite knew what he meant.”

“Get smart and nothing can touch you.”

“I lie to myself all the time. But I never believe me.”

“I’d rather have anybody’s hate than their pity.”

“Maybe people are younger when they sleep.”

“There was a silent moment when everything held its breath, and then the sun rose. It was beautiful.”

“If we don’t have each other, we don’t have anything.”

“Things are rough all over.”

“And you can’t win against them no matter how hard you try, because they’ve got all the breaks and even whipping them isn’t going to change that fact.”

“The fight for self-preservation had hardened him against caring.”

Additional Resources

Vocab words this week are review – they are drawn from the most commonly missed words from previous weeks.

Abdicate (v) to give up or renounce (authority, duties, an office, etc.), especially in a voluntary, public, or formal manner

Admonish (v) to caution, advise, or counsel against something;
to reprove or scold, especially in a mild and good-willed manner:

Apprehensive (adj) viewing the future with anxiety or alarm : feeling or showing fear about the future

Exposition (n) a comprehensive description and explanation of an idea or theory.

Inference (n) a conclusion reached on the basis of evidence and reasoning

Juxtaposition (n) the fact of two things being seen or placed close together with contrasting effect

Objective (adj) not influenced by personal feelings, interpretations, or prejudice; based on facts; unbiased: (n) goal; purpose; target

Ornery adj) having an irritable disposition, difficult to deal with or control

Rueful (adj) feeling or expressing pain or sorrow for sins or offenses

Subjective (adj) based on one’s own moods, attitudes, opinions; pertaining to or characteristic of an individual