View the 1983 film adapted from the novel, in class.
S.E. Hinton won the 2008 Chicago Tribune Young Adult Book Award and gave a humorous and insightful speech/Q&A at the reception. View video of this (available on YouTube) to gain a deeper understanding of the writing process.
Play a game similar to "Memory," where students match words or phrases from the book's setting to their meanings. Play in groups, game show style, or as a pop quiz following a brief introduction to the slang of the 1960's.
Have students dress as characters from the book, with prizes or extra credit for best Ponyboy, best Soc, etc.
Write horoscopes for each character in the novel, having students use their imagination to assign "signs" to the characters. Encourage students to use examples of foreshadowing in the book...
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