Day 5

The Outsiders Lesson Plan

Discussion of Thought Questions

  1. 1

    What are the biggest differences between the book and the movie?

    Some students may mention the physical attributes of the characters, since Hinton spends so much time describing the boys' looks. Others may note the relative insignificance of Sodapop in the film, Randy's less significant role, or that less time is spent on Ponyboy's illness and recovery. Everyone should observe the very different beginning, and the fact that in the film it is clear from the inception that this is a story Ponyboy is writing.

  2. 2

    Why do you think the film includes scenes at the beginning that were not part of the book?

    Including these scenes establishes the social context...

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