S&S Middle School
PreAP Summer Reading Requirements
7th grade PreAP reading – Tracey Jacobs
*Due the 3rd day of school*
For students who did not receive this 2 weeks prior to the opening of school, see your
teacher for an alternate due date.
Welcome to 7th grade summer reading. Every student is offered the opportunity to be in
PreAP English Language Arts. This is a two hour block class. Students who choose to
enroll in this PreAP course must complete a summer reading assignment and sign the
PreAP contract (you received this last week). The contract is due May 26, 2011. The
assignments are due the 3rd day of school. You will read The Outsiders by SE Hinton.
You will need to purchase a copy of this novel so that you can annotate it. You can find
it at any of the local book stores or online. You will want a new copy (or a copy that has
not previously been written in).
The Outsiders by SE Hinton (see image for preferred cover)
You will do a series of assignments for this novel.
1. annotate the novel
2. answer discussion questions
3. complete a series of mini projects
4. take a test over the novel (multiple choice & essay
1. Annotations – annotating a novel means that you highlight and
make notes. There is a list of items (attached) that you should look for as you read.
2. Discussion questions – you will complete these questions on a separate sheet of
paper. They can be typed. Make sure you answer the question completely! Also,
include the page number(s) that the answer was found on.
3. Mini-projects – these are due on the 3rd day of school. See the attached pages for
your project options and the requirements. Plagiarizing/copying any portion of this
project will result in your removal from the PreAP class.
4. Test - The test will require textual evidence, so your annotated book will help you.
You will not be able to use notes or discussion questions, but you can use your book
and any annotations you have done. We will take the test on the 3rd day of school.
If you have questions or need copies of the projects there is more information posted on
my website http://www.teacherweb.com/TX/SSMiddleSchool/TraceyJacobs/. If you
have any questions during the summer, please feel free to email me at
firstname.lastname@example.org. I will check this email once a week during the summer.
Tracey Jacobs (PreAP Reading)
How to Annotate
When you are annotating you may want to use different colors of highlighters or pencils
to annotate certain things. You can also use post-it notes or make notes along the
margin. You should not just be highlighting items. Everything you write in your book
can be used on the test. Make sure your annotations work to help you.
1. At the top of the page (or on post-it notes), write the important plot events. You
will not mark on every page. Remember plot includes exposition (this includes
setting and descriptions of characters), conflict, rising action, climax (or turning
point), falling action, and resolution.
2. Mark any words that are unfamiliar. Use context clues and a dictionary to define
3. Mark words and phrases that describe the personality of main and important
characters. Pay attention to character’s physical descriptions, personality,
motivation, fears, goals, etc.
4. Mark any conflicts that occur with the protagonist (main character). What type of
conflict is it (man vs. man, man vs. self, man vs. nature, etc.)? Mark who is
involved in the conflict, how it’s resolved, and who attempts to resolve it.
5. Mark any use of symbolism that you find.
6. Mark descriptions of the settings that are important to the plot.
7. Don’t mark too much!! If you mark everything, nothing will stand out!
8. As you read, write questions that you have in the margin.
9. Use stars or asterisks to mark important things that you might want to refer back
10. At the end of each chapter write a short summary of what happened. This will
help you find what chapters you are looking for when you are taking the test.
11. At the end of the novel identify the important themes.
Answer each question on a separate sheet of paper. Complete sentences are not
required, but you must answer the questions completely. You may type your answers.
1. What happens to Ponyboy on his way home from the movies?
2. Briefly describe the conflict between the Greasers and the Socs.
3. What happened to Curtis brothers’ parents?
4. How is Ponyboy different from the rest of the Greasers?
5. In one well-written sentence, characterize Darry.
6. In one well-written sentence, characterize Sodapop.
7. List the Greasers who are at the movies “with” Cherry and Marcia.
8. What does Ponyboy tell Cherry while standing in line for popcorn?
9. Explain what Cherry Valance means when she says, “Things are rough all over.”
1. What does Cherry say is the real separation between the Socs and the Greasers?
2. Who is Mickey Mouse and why is he so important in Sodapop’s life?
3. Why doe s Ponyboy remind Cherry that they both watch the same sunsets?
4. Why is Ponyboy surprised when Cherry tells him with whom she might be likely to
fall in love?
5. Explain Ponyboy’s motivation for running away.
6. What did the Socs do to make Johnny kill Bob?
7. In one well-written sentence, characterize Dally.
8. What does Dally give Ponyboy and Johnny to take with them to Windrixville?
9. How long do you think the boys will be able to hide out at the church? Why?
1. Why is Ponyboy’s hair so important to him?
2. Briefly explain the meaning of the poem, “Nothing Gold Can Stay.”
3. When Dally comes to the abandoned church, he brings Ponyboy a letter from
Sodapop. Describe the contents of the letter.
4. Who is the spy for the Greasers?
5. Why does Johnny decide to turn himself in?
6. In one well-written sentence, characterize Dally’s relationship with Johnny.
7. What do Johnny and Ponyboy do when they know the children are in the church?
8. What does the doctor say will happen to Johnny?
9. What Soc wants to talk to Ponyboy? Why?
1. Explain Ponyboy’s words when he visits Johnny in the hospital: “I figured that
Southern Gentlemen had nothing on Johnny Cade.”
2. What is Johnny’s reaction when the nurse tells him that his mother is at the hospital
to see him?
3. What reason does Cherry give Ponyboy for not going to see Johnny in the hospital?
4. In one well-written sentence, describe the mood at the Curtis house just before the
5. Ponyboy feels the only reason to fight is self-defense. According to his survey, why
do each of the others fight?
6. Who comes late to the rumble? What effect does his late entrance have?
7. What kind of weapons do the Greasers and the Socs use in the rumble?
8. Where does Dally take Ponyboy after the rumble?
9. What are Johnny’s last words?
1. Why can’t Dally accept Johnny’s death?
2. Does Dally want to die? Explain.
3. Why does Ponyboy collapse the night of the rumble?
4. What does Johnny give to the nurse for Ponyboy?
5. What thoughts are triggered in Ponyboy’s mind when he sees Bob in the yearbook?
6. Who does Ponyboy tell Randy was Bob’s killer?
7. What does Ponyboy do with the broken glass bottle that makes Two-Bit know that
Ponyboy will not get tough?
8. In the letter that Johnny writes Ponyboy, what does he ask Ponyboy to tell Dally?
9. What is the subject of Ponyboy’s theme for English class?
You must choose projects from the following list to equal a total of 100 points (or more).
You will be graded on creativity, effort, proper use of English grammar and mechanics,
and knowledge of the novel.
1. Create a “special edition” book jacket (50 points)
a. front cover: Create a cover art for the jacket. Think about specific parts in
the novel that are important to the plot and use those ideas to work from.
The cover MUST be relevant to the book and may not be random
unrelated artwork. Make the cover as colorful and attractive as possible.
Include all important front cover elements (illustration, title, author, etc.)
b. inside front fold directions: Describe an exciting scene from the book to try
and entice students to read the book. Leave it as a cliffhanger! Why would
a person want to read this book (100+ words)
c. spine directions: The title of the novel and the author
d. back cover directions: At the top, write a summary of the novel in your
own words (200-300 words). Underneath the plot synopsis, include a
review of the novel. This should be written in your own words. You may
create reviews by fictitious or famous people. Get creative!
e. inside back fold directions: Your choice! Tell us about the author, add
more “reviews”, etc.
2. Create a soundtrack (50 points) – select five important scenes from the novel
and choose a song from the era that you would include in the movie version of
each scene. For each, describe the scene, the characters involved, and why this
song/artist is appropriate.
a. burn a cd with the songs you’ve selected for your soundtrack –
create a cd cover for the case (illustrate the front of the cover, put playlist
and artists on the back)
b. Describe each scene and why the song or artist is appropriate (100
words per song, typed double space)
3. Write a letter from Pony to his brother Darry (or Soda) , dated August 20th
of this year (25 points)
a. Use first person pronouns; you are Pony. Make it sound like Pony. Make it
b. Show what Pony is doing, where he is living, what his career is. Also,
indicate through questioning what his brother(s) are doing.
c. Use letter format (you can find this online); 500-700 words, typed
4. Write a newspaper article (50 points)
a. After the fire, a newspaper article is written about the boys being heroes.
Write this front page article (500+ words). Reread this section of the novel
carefully before you begin.
b. Create a 2-4 page newspaper including your article, other headlines,
pictures, etc. I recommend Microsoft Publishing. Make the formatting look
like a real newspaper. There shouldn’t be any empty space.
5. Create a small scrapbook of important characters from the book (25 points)
a. Must include at least 5 pages. The content on the pages should be
straight from the book.
b. Each page should have pictures of the characters (not the actors that
portrayed the characters in the movie). Use magazines for pictures. Each
picture must have a caption telling about the picture.
c. Be creative! No dull and boring scrapbooks. Make them lively, bright and
6. Create a journal from Randy, Cherry, or Bob’s point of view (25 points)
a. Use the information from the novel to create journal entries looking at two
or three of the events in the book from the Soc point of view.
b. Each should be ¾ page or longer
c. Make it look like an authentic journal
7. Illustrated plot line of 10 important events (25 points)
a. You can do this as a time line or PowerPoint
b. Give a complete summary of each event (20+ words). Label each part
(exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution)
c. Each event should have a picture (not a random clip art, no movie clips)