The following six Common Core standards will be utilized during both the journal writing section of the unit as well as the rewriting of scenes from The Outsiders;
Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, relevant descriptive details, and well-structured event sequences.
Engage and orient the reader by establishing a context and point of view and introducing a narrator and/or characters; organize an event sequence that unfolds naturally and logically.
Use narrative techniques, such as dialogue, pacing, and description, to develop experiences, events, and/or characters.
Use precise words and phrases, relevant descriptive details, and sensory language to capture the action and convey experiences and events.
Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences.
Analyze how particular elements of a story or drama interact (e.g., how setting shapes the characters or plot).
The following standard will be utilized during the final “Fitter Family” project in which students analyze, compare and contrast the “Fitter Family” contest of the 20th Century with a fictional contest to be held in modern times;
Compare and contrast a fictional portrayal of a time, place, or character and a historical account of the same period as a means of understanding how authors of fiction use or alter history.
The following standard will be utilized throughout the reading of The Outsiders:
By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, in the grades 6-8 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.