Monday, March 10, 2014

Man Crush Monday with The Outsiders

One of my favorite units to teach is The Outsiders.  It's such a timeless story.  It always baffles my students when they learn that it was written in the 1960's.  The characters are still relevant to their lives today, and they love every minute of the unit.  We watched the film and analyzed mood through color, in addition to comparing the book to the novel.  I thought that they would gripe about the age of the film.  I didn't expect my girls to go gaga over the likes of Matt Dillon and Ralph Macchio.  Boy was I wrong.   Apparently, they were so enthralled with the gentlemen that played their favorite characters, that both Dally Winston and Johnny Cade made the cut for Man Crush Monday.  (If you aren't familiar with #MCM, it's a tag on Instagram and Facebook.)  The boys still have it.

Because we were reading The Outsiders on Valentine's Day, we created conversation hearts for the characters.  These are a few that my advanced kidlets came up with. My example was "Sodapop, you make my heart fizz!"  What unit do you love teaching?  Do you teach The Outsiders?


  1. I too teach The Outsiders and I agree that the characters are absolutely timeless! For our final project; we do a colors of The Outsiders project where they assign colors to different moods set in various scenes in the book. We also watch the film and I was SHOCKED at how much my girls loved the movie. I had quite a few who #MCM'ed Ponyboy! :) I should send you what we do for The Outsiders sometime! We do some fun activities! Glad I stumbled on your blog!!

    - Karie

  2. Too funny! It's definitely a classic! I would LOVE for you to send me some of your activities for The Outsiders!

    1. I will happily do so :) Email me at and I will send them to you! I love sharing when I can :)

  3. OMG! I love this! My kids LOVE the outsiders! My kids are always shocked that this was written in the 60's as well! We read this book in August and I am still hearing "Need a hair cut greaser -- in April! " LOL

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  4. Great book! As a culminating assignment, I have had my students write poem from the perspective of one of the characters modeled after "If I Was In Charge of the World" by Judith Viorst. The kids came up with amazing ideas!

    Here is a link to the poem.