The Outsiders Project Selection Sheet: Choose one of the following project ideas about The Outsiders (or come up with your own idea and run it by Mrs. Douglas). All projects will be due on Friday, February 18. If you are going to be absent that day, you will need to turn in your project early. This will be worth a 150 point test grade and a 150 point homework grade. After you choose your project, you will be given a rubric showing point values for each portion Option 1: A Different Point of View (1-2 people) The Outsiders is written from Ponyboy’s first person perspective. (This means that he uses the word “I” when talking about himself, and we can read his thoughts, but not the thoughts of any other character.) However, Ponyboy is certainly not the only character who has a major role in the book’s action. Select another character from the novel and re-write two scenes from that person’s perspective. A. You should use the same writing style as the author. B. Both scenes must contain dialogue (conversation). If you are not sure of how to write and punctuate dialogue, look at a grammar book or use your grammar workbook for examples. C. Your writing must be believable! D. Each scene must be between two and five typed pages, double spaced. Acceptable fonts are Times New Roman and Ariel, 12 point, with one-inch margins on all four sides. E. Your work should be typed. We will have time to work on this in class, but you will probably want to write your rough draft by hand before going to the computer lab. F. If two people work on this project, you must divide the work evenly and be prepared to show what each person contributed. Option 2: Ponyboy’s scrapbook (1-2 people) Create a scrapbook that Ponyboy might have made over the course of the novel. You may want to include photos (you can take pictures, draw pictures, or print them from a computer), newspaper clippings, souvenirs, and anything else that might go into a scrapbook. You will need to do a written description of at least five sentences at the bottom of each page. A. You should create at least four pages documenting four different parts of the novel. If two people work on the project, there must be at least six different pages. B. Be creative! The more creative, the better! C. Your writing on each page should reflect Ponyboy’s point of view. D. The writing on each page should be grammatically correct with no spelling errors, and should be an accurate description of the events in the novel. E. We will have time to work on this in class, but you will need to bring your own supplies. F. If two people work on this project, you must divide the work evenly and be prepared to show what each person contributed. Option 3: Too violent? What do you think? (1-2 people) One of the major criticisms of The Outsiders is that it contains too much violence. Conduct research on the Internet and find at least two essays or articles on this subject. Read these articles and write a paper in which you state whether or not you think this criticism is fair. Use quotes from the novel to back up your case. A. You must turn in copies of the essays you located on the Internet. B. Make a plan and write a rough draft of the essay. Make sure you use quotes from the novel! C. Your final paper should be typed in 12 point Times New Roman font, double spaced, and must be at least two pages. Option 4: Newspaper Project (1-2 people) After the fire, a newspaper article is written about the boys being heroes. Write this newspaper article. Then, on a piece of posterboard, make a newspaper page complete with headlines, pictures, etc. Look at a real newspaper before you begin!! A. Plan and write a rough draft of your article before you begin. You will want to re-read pages 107-108 (and any other part of the novel that helps you remember the details). B. The article must be at least 400 words. C. Model your newspaper page after a real newspaper page. One article will not be the only thing on the page— make sure to examine a real newspaper first. You may want to include a weather report or an article about something else going on in the news at that time. D. Your writing should be grammatically correct with no misspellings. F. If two people work on this project, you must divide the work evenly and be prepared to show what each person contributed.
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