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SUBJECTS — Literature/U.S.; U.S./1945 - 1991;
SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL LEARNING — Brothers; Coming of Age; Courage; Fighting; Friendship; Peer Pressure; Redemption;
MORAL-ETHICAL EMPHASIS — Responsibility; Respect; Caring.
Age: 11+; MPAA Rating PG-13 (for violence, teen drinking and smoking, and some sexual reference); 1983; 114 Minutes; Color. TWM recommends the updated version, The Outsiders: The Complete Novel.
The Outsiders is the story of two proto-gangs, the delinquent Greasers and their privileged enemies, the Socs (pronounced "Soshs"). They hate each other for their differences. They fight, sometimes with deadly consequences. The Outsiders is about cliques, fighting, friendship, loyalty, fitting in, struggling to understand who you are, courage, and redemption.
This movie shows young men searching for their identity in a violent and dangerous world. The movie uses a number of literary devices and shows deep psychological insight. Its message is at once wise, concerned, and hopeful.
The Teachwithmovies.com Learning Guide to The Outsiders provides teachers with the background and discussion questions to highlight the themes of this classic story.
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The Outsiders is a classic story of adolescence.
Learning Guide Excerpt
To demonstrate how our Learning Guides can be used by teachers to improve lesson plans, we have set out below three of the seven themes from this story identified in the Learning Guide to Outsiders.
This story has many themes. Here are a few:
1. It is important to "stay gold," that is, to keep your youth with its innocence, wonder at the beauty of the world, and understand that we are all related.
2. The divisions between these two groups, like the divisions between most cliques of kids and most groups in society, are artificial and based on circumstances of birth and random events in life. Socs, like Greasers, have sorrows, problems, difficulties in coming of age, dreams for the future, etc. Divisions between people are harmful because they interfere with friendships and relationships that would normally develop if the divisions were ignored.
3. Violence is not a good way to solve problems.
The Learning Guide to the film The Outsiders contains sections on Benefits of the Movie, Possible Problems, Helpful Background, Discussion Questions, Links to the Internet, and Bridges to Reading. The Discussion Questions are divided into three categories: Subject Matter, Social-Emotional Learning, and Moral-Ethical Emphasis.
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