There are two writing prompts for this week, and both have to do with the beloved characters in the book The Outsiders. How well do you know them? Both writing prompts require some thought; you’ll need to apply what you know about each character from the storyline in the book to effectively answer them. Please be sure your comments are your own. Remember to write in paragraph form.
The Perfect Gift
You will need to pick three characters from the book to answer this one. Consider this: If you were to choose the perfect gift, a different one for each character, what would it be? To answer this it might be easier to think in terms of what each character needs or wants from what you know from the story. Remember, a gift doesn’t always have to be something material that you see. Be sure to explain WHY you have chosen each of the particular gifts, and HOW they are each perfect for the characters you have chosen. Again, please do not borrow any ideas from another classmate. Some gifts obviously may be the same, but your reasons should reflect your own opinions.
A Psychologist For A Day
For this writing prompt I would like for you to pretend that you are a psychologist for a day. Your patient (pick one character from the novel) has come to you seeking advice for a problem or set of problems based on what you know from the storyline. What advice is the character seeking? What questions would you ask your patient, and what advice would you give? You may answer this prompt as a narrative or in dialog form.
Check out the last two music videos at the page at the top. The first one by Hank Williams explores social ostracism, and the second one sung by a young Bob Dylan relates to either the Socs or the Greasers. Be prepared to discuss in class this week.