After nearly five decades, young adults continue to embrace the themes of S.E. Hinton’s novel, “The Outsiders.”
BY MELISSA HOWELL •
Modified: April 29, 2012 at 12:51 am •
Published: April 29, 2012
/articleid/3668822/1/pictures/1701646"> Above and right: Dioramas made by Westminster Middle School students depict scenes from “The Outsiders.”
These are followed by writing an essay.
“Their final writing assignment is what they really seem to enjoy,” Dinwiddie said. “They have a choice to answer certain questions — which character do you identify with and why, or how is courage demonstrated. They also can write an additional theme to the book — writing their own endings.”
It’s an exercise Dinwiddie says can have interesting, even surprising results.
“They really latch onto that book,” he said. “We try to look at it as a study of both sides of the tracks. The thing that makes that interesting here is because at Westminster most of these kids would be from the side of the track that is wealthier. But even kids who seem to have it all … have their inner turmoil.
“(Kids) really like taking a look at it from both sides — particularly Ponyboy. He had some missing elements in his life. He’s an outsider not only in the sense of the community, but he’s an outsider in his group. He likes movies. He doesn’t like fighting. Students begin to see ways that they could be an outsider with their own groups.”