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Posted: June 4, 2020

Please consider the following characters:  Ponyboy, Darry, Dally, Johnny, Cherry.  Provide proof that they should be considered heroes. Some characters will have more than one piece of proof! In the organizer below you have some examples of how these characters were heroes (You do not need to include page numbers as you do not have a copy of the book).  You may add your own examples as well.

I have uploaded notes on Important Events from each chapter, you may need to refer to these to help you with your assignment.

Assignment: Answer the questions; What does it mean to be a hero? And What qualities or character traits do heroes possess? Complete a list of heroic character traits for each of the characters listed below; Ponyboy, Darry, Johnny, Cherry, Dallas & Randy.  Then choose One character and write a 3-5 paragraph essay on why you feel they are the hero of The Outsiders.  If you would like feedback submit early to your teacher and you will have opportunity to fix your piece and resubmit.

Posted: May 19, 2020

Chapters 17-20 of Indian Horse

Assignment:  In a paragraph, explain why hockey is so important right now for Saul.  What is it doing for Saul to help him cope with the school.

Posted: May 19, 2020

Write a newspaper article about either the night Bob was killed or the church fire where the boys save the children.  Attached are some planning sheets and a template to do the newspaper.  Stick to the facts, but you can be creative with quotes from people that may not be in the book.

Audio links to chapters 7 and 8



Attached are instructions, brainstorming and templates

File newspaper.pptx379.23 KB
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Posted: May 11, 2020

You will write at least one six word memoir for each character in The Outsiders.  Attached are some examples.  Try not to just focus on looks, but also the character's personality.  We will do this at the end of the novel to see if any characters have changed.  Ms. Lynch will be putting up Chapter 6 soon.

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Posted: May 11, 2020

Summary of Indian Horse Ch 1-11

Indian Horse Chapters 12-16

Audio version is found on Teams

Posted: May 4, 2020

Chapter 4 of the Outsiders

Attached are the assignment and notes on characters.

Posted: April 27, 2020

See the important memo attached concerning post-secondary requirements

Attached are questions for chapter 2 along with a journal prompt.  

If we would have been together in the classroom we would have spent some time together discussing and skimming and scanning chapter 1 for Motif- check these notes out on Motif in Chapter 1

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Posted: April 19, 2020

We will be doing the novel Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese.

Attached is a summary before you listen and questions for chapters 1-4.

Here are links to the audio of Chapters 1-4

We will be doing the novel The Outsiders by SE Hinton

Start with the anticipation guide, followed by listening to chapter 1, followed by chapter 1 questions.  Please answer in complete sentences.

We will discuss the novel during the week on Teams

This is the link to chapter 1




I will be having a Video Chat with Period 1 today at 1:00 pm on Teams and Period 2 tomorrow at 1:00 pm on Teams.

Go to Teams and you will see the invite.

See attached for Virtual Book Talk directions.

This video is a "do and don't" about how to give a virtual book talk.