Exploring Theme In The Outsiders ~ Forbidden Love

Elvis Presley and “Heartbreak Hotel”

The Beatles and “You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away” From the movie Help!

We work our way towards the iPod Project with our first discussion on theme in The Outsiders.

Can you tell me what your definition of forbidden love is?
After listening to the lyrics of these two songs, please answer the following the questions:

Why might the Greasers relate to Elvis Presley and the Socs to The Beatles?
Discuss how these two songs relate to the theme of forbidden love in The Outsiders. What are the songs talking about?
Can you specifically apply the theme of forbidden love to some characters in the novel? Explain fully.

We Begin The Outsiders

Stevie Wonder sings “Stay Gold” from The Outsiders.

Students, please reflect on the following passages from the assigned reading. You will need to have read Chapter 3 to answer these prompts. Discuss the meaning behind these passages. What is behind these words?


“You greasers have a different set of values. You’re more emotional. We’re sophisticated-cool to the point of not feeling anything. Nothing is real with us.

We’re always going and going and going, and never asking where. did you ever hear of having more than you wanted? So that you couldn’t want anything else and then started looking for something else to want? It seems like we’re always searching for something to satisfy us, and never finding it. Maybe if we could lose our cool we could.”

“……I gotta do something. It seems like there’s gotta be someplace without greasers or Socs, with just people. Plain ordinary people.”

Remembering 2010 ~ Live and Learn and Pass It On ~ and Looking Back (Ahead!) to the 60’s!


Students, tell us your most memorable moments from 2010. What does 2010 represent for you?

Are there any words and phrases that you heard too much of in 2010? They might be buzz words, catchphrases from television, advertising, movies or songs, or they just might be “filler” words that people dropped into conversation too often. Are there any that will keep going strong in 2011? (idea courtesy of The New York Times Learning Network)

Have any of you made New Year’s resolutions?

Live and Learn and Pass It On

Do any of you have any life lessons that you have learned and would like to pass on? A life lesson is an experience that you have learned from and want to share with others.

For example…..I learned that if your puppy has a baby bunny in its mouth, it does you no good to chase it around the yard with a shovel…..it will eat it anyway! (I know, ewwww!)
I have also learned that talking on the phone while following a recipe leads to disastrous results.
And I have also learned that while I strive to be the best teacher for my students, they give back to me in immeasurable ways.

While the mayhem ensued at Shea Stadium, I was sitting on the roof of my aunt’s house with a bunch of friends listening to the concert…..and having a great time! Can you imagine singing without ear plugs (back then) in that noise level? The music revolution begins…..

Get ready for The Outsiders!

Seventh Grade Rocks Out On 60’s Day!


What a great day!

Please answer the following questions about 60’s Day:

What did you like best about the day?

Please reflect on each of the stations you visited telling me somethings you learned at each rotation and what you liked about each one.

Do you have any ideas on how the seventh grade team can make 60’s Day even better for next year?

What are your thoughts after seeing the movie? Which character do you like the best and why?

Any final thoughts?


“Nothing Gold Can Stay” By Robert Frost … From The Outsiders

Please watch the above video of Ponyboy reciting Robert Frost’s poem, “Nothing Gold Can Stay,” and then answer the following questions below. You may need to use the book to read the poem a few times. Be sure to use at least one comma and one semi-colon somewhere in your response, so that I can see that you understand their applications.

What is this poem really about? (It is filled with metaphors…..look up the definition of metaphor if you are unsure of its meaning)

To what do you think the poet is referring when he says “Nothing gold can stay”?

What kind of mood is this poem expressing: happiness, sadness, fear, anxiety, etc.?

Specifically, which words from the poem do you feel contribute to the creation of this mood?

Please check the new tab at the top of the page titled “Music Videos.” Watch the first video of The Beatles and be prepared to discuss the meaning behind the lyrics in regards to the theme of friendship in the novel.