The Outsiders, Chapter 5: Creative Writing Task

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					              The Outsiders, Chapter 5: Creative Writing Task

    Chapter 5 is a very important chapter in The Outsiders. Please choose one of the
     following writing tasks to complete. Length: 1 page (without skipping lines)

Option 1: Advice Column

Advice columns are quite popular in magazines and newspapers. People who are
experiencing a problem often write to relationship experts seeking clarity and/or advice.
Assume the role of an “Advice Expert” and respond to Darry’s dilemma:

Dear Student 0f 806/805,

My brother Ponyboy ran away. He never uses His Head and He doesn’t tHink
half the time! All he wants to do is hang out with his friend Johnny and
watcH sunsets. He doesn’t realize tHat if He is not careful witH His
decision making social workers may come and split up our family. How can
I make him understand how important it is for him to be responsible and
use His Head so He doesn’t end up like all tHe typical Greasers around?
Please help.


Darry

Option 2: Letter to Soda

Imagine that you are Ponyboy Curtis hiding out in the church at the end of Chapter 5.
Dallas has offered to take a letter from you home to Soda. You know that Soda is worried
about you and that he is confused about what happened the night of the murder. Write a
one-page letter home to Soda, in response to his letter (page 81).Your letter could contain
the following;

- Discuss your thoughts and feelings about being a fugitive of the law
- What is going through your mind right now? How do you feel about the whole
situation?
- Do you blame/resent Johnny? What have you been up to since you left home?
- Discuss your feelings about the on-going conflict you have with Darry
- How do you feel about being away from your brothers?
- What are your future plans? Do you think that will you stay in the Church for a long
time?
- Where else can you go for help?
- Discuss how you felt during Dally’s visit
- How do you feel about the big rumble Darry mentioned?

Please note: You cannot use any information that occurs beyond Chapter 5. Complete
this as if you have no idea as to what will happen next.
Rough Draft

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