Monday, August 13, 2012

Week Three - Monday


Today started off with a recap of the weekend's reading followed by discussion of our chapter review questions. Shortly afterward, we went into our literacy circle groupings and voted on our two best presentations (below).

In the second block, we looked at how Ponyboy's impression of the Socs and Greasers had changed in our journals and had a few students share their insights. We concluded our second last class together with a challenging, group-based, oral language vocabulary quiz to settle our current draw!

Tae Young's Character Next Door

Seo Yeon's Character Impression

  • Read final chapter and complete questions below
  • Final literacy circle job
  • Bring USB drive - optional (movie)
Chapter 12 Questions:

  1. What circumstances did Ponyboy's teacher refer to? What circumstances does Ponyboy think his teacher is referring to?
  2. Why doesn't Ponyboy feel scared when the Socs approach him and he threatens them with a broken bottle(p.170-171)? How is this a dramatic change from the Ponyboy we have seen up until this point? Was there anything odd about Pony's behavior?
  3. What does Darry mean he says,"You don't just stop living because you lose someone?" (p.173)
  4. How do we know Sandy didn't love Soda as much as he loved her? (p.174)
  5. Explain how Darry and Ponyboy play tug of war with Soda.
  6. What kind of guy is rare? (p. 178)
  7. What do we learn was so special about Johnny? (p.178)
  8. What does Ponyboy end up doing for his English assignment?
  9. Where is the climax?
  10. Why the title of the book? Who is the biggest Outsider of them all and why?

Saturday, August 11, 2012

End of Week Two - Homework

For the weekend be sure to complete:

  • Chapter reflection questions (below)
  • Read Ch 10 & 11
  • Literacy Circle Reflection
Chapter Nine

  1. On the bottom of p.132, when Pony asks what kind of a world it is, what comment is he making about how he judges people?
  2. Why do the boys fight? Is Pony different?
  3. What is the difference between Tim Sheppard's gang and Ponyboy's? Explain how Pony feels this difference gives his group the upper hand?
  4. What do you think Johnny's last words to Pony mean?
  5. What happened with Dally in the end?

Chapter Ten

  1. How does Pony's dreaming, or lying to himself, finally work in this chapter?
  2. Why was Johnny's dying so difficult for Dally to handle?
  3. Who do you think Dally would have wanted to die?
  4. How does Pony describe Dally as being a person who made a difference on pg. 154?

Friday, August 10, 2012

Week Two - Literacy Circle Presentations

Ji Hyun's Character Adventure

Soo Yeon's Quality Questions

Hye Su's Amazing Actions

Hong Gun's Plot in Reverse Order

Tae Young's Mad Metaphors

Ji Ye's Mad Metaphors

Ji Hyun Describes a New Setting

Joo Yeon's Powerful Vocabulary

Character Analysis Presentations

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Thursday - August 9


The day started off continuing our heated vocabulary game. With a turn around victory, B group proudly prevailed! Afterwards we went right into our expert literacy circle roles and followed up with the two best presentations. During the second component of the class, we made Bio Poems about Ponyboy and talked about expectations for the group projects tomorrow and the peer evaluation rubrics.

Bio Poem Guidelines

Line 1: His first name only
Line 2: 4 traits that describe him
Line 3: Daughter/Son of~OR Sibling of~
Line 4: Who loves~(3 items, places, or people)
Line 5: Who feels~(3 items)
Line 6: Who needs~(3 items)
Line 7: Who gives~(3 items)
Line 8: Who fears~(3 items)
Line 9: Who would like to see~(3 items)
Line 10: Who lives in~
Line 11: His last name only




Chapter Eight Questions

1. How does what the doctor first says, on page 119, foreshadow Johnny's condition?
2. “We needed Johnny as much as he needed the gang. And for the same reason... " (p.121) What do you think Pony means, and what is the reason?
3. What does Pony mean on p.123 when he says, “We could get along without anyone but Johnny?”
4. If Darry didn't have Soda and Pony, why would he be a Soc?
5. What does Cherry mean when she says Bob "wasn't just anyone” on p.129?


  • Finishing/Practicing Group Project Presentation and filling out peer evaluation rubric (posted below)
  • Read Chapter 9
  • Chapter 8 Questions (Above)
  • Tidy up reflection journals for collection tomorrow

P.S. All videos will be posted to the site in their respective sections this weekend, in case you were wondering ;-D

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Wednesday - August 8th


Today we reflected on what was happening to our main characters in respects to the law, hospital, and how some of our perceptions of them had changed. We dug deeper into some critical questions from our reflection homework, then got right into our literacy circle expert roles.

During the second part of the class, we looked at Robert Frost's amazing poem, "Nothing Gold Can Stay." We were asked to reflect and offer our insights as to the meaning of the poem and I was very impressed with your interpretations. Lastly, we looked at some expressions and vocabulary from our previous two chapters and started playing an oral language game which we'll conclude tomorrow.

Nothing Gold Can Stay
Robert Frost

Nature's first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf's a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.


  • Chapter 7 Reflection ?s (Below)
  • Read Chapter 8
  • Continue working on your group project/presentation (due Friday)
  • Literacy Circle Jobs
  • (NOTE: Hong Gun - We did not do Biography Poems today) - Leave for Tomorrow
Chapter 7 Reflections:

1. What condition is Johnny in after the fire?
2. Why would being crippled be worse for Johnny than someone else?
3. “Maybe people are younger when they are asleep” [p.104]. What do you think about this comment?
4. What is a juvenile delinquent [p.107]? Find a definition on the internet, in a dictionary, or create your own based on your own knowledge.
5. Why would Two-Bit think Johnny, Dally, and Pony were heroes all along; before they saved the kids?
6. What was Bob's "real" problem, according to Randy? [p.116]
7. Why did Pony think it was better to see Socs as “just guys” on p.118? What do you think he means by this?
8. What happened with Sandy?
9. Why does Randy talk with Pony?

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Tuesday - Aug 7th


Today we went over key points from chapters four and five, namely the stabbing of the Soc, Bob, and Johnny and Pony's hideout. We then discussed chapter six and how the drama of the fire put the view of the Greasers back in a positive context. Afterwards, we got into our expert roles from our literacy circle assignments and had our two best presenters. Later on, we played a fun 60's lingo vocabulary came. Finally, we became first person narrative reporters on a major event of our choice from chapter four or six.

Chapter Six Questions:

1. Do you think Dally's parents have influenced the way he is; his personality? Explain.

2. Why doesn't Dally want Johnny to turn himself in?
3. What “other side” of Dallas is revealed in this chapter?
4. What's your own definition of a hero? Do the three boys prove themselves to be heroes, according to your definition? Explain.
5. Why do you think Johnny wasn't scared, despite the obvious danger, on page 92?
6. What does Pony realize about Darry at the end of this chapter?


  • Continue working on group project
  • Above Chapter Questions
  • Read Chapter Seven
  • Literacy Circle Jobs