The Outsiders Criticism

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Criticism

John S. Simmons

In the following excerpt, Simmons attempts to explain the lasting popularity of The Outsiders, and why it sometimes is a candidate for banning. Before we can begin to write a book rationale for our classroom or school library, two conditions should apply. (1) we know the book extremely well, and (2) we believe that this book makes a significant contribution to our curriculum and to students. Writing a rationale for why a book ought to be in the curriculum requires a knowledge of the goals and objectives of the curriculum, the skills, abilities and interests of students, a knowledge of students' literary and popular culture backgrounds, and a knowledge of the broader area of study in which the book is to be used. It is also helpful to know how frequently the title is used in similar situations, what reviewers have had to say about...

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