Ms. Hall's eighth grade classes are reading The Outsiders, by S.E. Hinton. The book reveals a complex interaction between representatives of different classes in society resulting in fatal struggles between the rich and the poor. The story is also about complicated family relations, as well as how a family background can have a profound influence in a teenager’s way of interacting and communicating in society.
This activity is an AVID instructional strategy that gets students speaking and listening to one another. It is a student-centered strategy where students can practice respectful dialogue, provide evidence for claims using prior knowledge, organize their thinking and logical reasoning, and avoid disputable statements. Using this strategy students can also challenge students’ assumptions. Here they were discussing different characters in the book, in different social classes.