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"The Outsiders" By S.E Hinton. Class Study Looking At What The Teacher Directs The Student's Learning Towards

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INTRODUCTION:'The Outsiders' by S. E Hinton is an early novel based on two waring juvenile gangs, divided by economical and socialbackground, the lower East side Greasers and the upper West side Socs. The novel is set in 1966 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. It is anovel written in first person by a 14 year old Greaser, Ponyboy Curtis who allows us an insight into the lifestyles of thesedistinct worlds.I chose the novel 'The Outsiders' as a text for year 10 for the following reasons:It is a novel which draws the reader in and allows the reader to understand a lifestyle alien to them. Even though the novel is setin 1966, it is a novel that's theme can be found in any society and time period. The student ...view middle of the document...

As to survive in today's society many adolescents are faced with theturbulence of growing up in a volatile society and many face the prospect of dealing with some form violence or gang warfareor know of a friend who has.I believe students would enjoy this novel because it is about 'people roughly their own age, contemporary time, the obvious,but none the less potent, parental relationships, challenging authority, establishing ones own personality and future relationshipwith peers and sex' (Aidan Chambers, Booktalk, Bodley Head, London, 1985.)STUDENTS AIMSThis unit of work of 4-6 weeks is apart of the Junior Secondary English Program. It is designed as a series of lessons thatinvolves student's language skills through written and oral tasks around a focus of interest. The aims of this unit are to look atwhat the teacher directs the student's learning towards.1) Developing student's ability in understanding language and language issues through the areas of- everyday communication- personal expression- literature- media2) Students must read the set novel by S.E Hinton3) Students must view the set movie.4) Students must complete 3 pieces of assessment (Explain in detail later) p.105) Recognise and understand relevant themes introduced by the unit of work.6) Encourage development in creative and analytical writing.7) Encourage small group work and peer encouragement.8) Develop English language proficiency across the unit enabling them to develop listening and speaking by- role play- dramatised reading- participation in group/class/individual discussion- share personal writing- analyse visual representative of the novel- analyse and compare visual to written text- analyse and compare to other texts of relevant themes- encourage reading and writing effectively and clearly in a wide range of contexts9) Use resources to stimulate their thought processes.STUDENT'S OBJECTIVES - (What the students will achieve from the study of this unit). Students will be able to-1) develop students enjoyment in the English language and language learning2) Able to express understanding and recognise relevant themes found in the text and be able to relate these to life as well asdeveloping an understanding of how context (including cultural context) shapes...

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