ELA 9 Identity novel reading: LOTF or The Outsiders
This will be our last big project in ELA 9 this year. You have typically been free to select your own novel for independent reading, but this time you’ll select from one of two options:
- The Outsiders is a short novel based around two opposing groups of youth from a small community. It’s set in the 1960s and focuses on one young boy’s struggle to figure out who he is as he faces tough peer pressure.
- Lord of the Flies is also a short novel based on a group of boys whose plane is shot down during War. With no adults surviving and being stranded on an island in the Pacific, the boys have to establish some method of decision making. There are conflicts over what type of government style they want for their new, temporary society.
I only have a few paper copies of these books, so you may likely read them on your iPads. Here are digital copies of both books. Download them so they stay on your devices. You’ll also be highlighting parts as you read and you’ll need to refer back to those parts for an after-reading project.
While Reading: collect evidence (references and page numbers) of characters figuring out their sense of identity. It can include:
- how they face difficult choices
- the struggle between what they want and what they do instead
- the pull of peer pressure influencing choices
- the conflict with another character who is very opposite them in qualities (characters compared can help you understand both characters better than just one character on its own)
- what types of fears they voice to themselves or others
- how they treat their friends/those closest to them
- other elements that you feel contributes to that character’s sense of Identity.
Be sure to collect and track these moments in the text As you’re Reading, because it’s much harder to find them after you’ve finished reading.