This lesson is Background Information for the novel The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton.
The focus of this lesson includes history of the 1960s and topics like culture, style, music, and cars.
Before reading the novel The Outsiders, familiarize your students with the culture of the time period as The Outsiders is set in 1960s Tulsa, Oklahoma. In this lesson, your students with be engaged as they take notes from a Powerpoint presentation and answer questions using the accommodating worksheet provided. Students will learn about the history of the 1960s, the clothing of the generation, the music the youth listened to, and other important details from the novel such as: car models, Paul Newman, hitchhiking, and drive-in movie theaters.
Students will also be introduced to the author S. E. Hinton, the gang rivalry present in the novel The Outsiders, and the genre of Coming of Age literature.
Students will end this lesson with a quick write where they will actually read an excerpt from the story and answer a related prompt.