1. You will be put into groups of four. You will be arranged randomly by last name so there is no argument about groups.
2. You will read The Outsiders through the middle of chapter 4 up to the part where a murder takes place. Immediately after the murder, you must make a prediction about what you think will happen next. Do this individually through an entry in your webquest journal. You should answer the questions: What happened in the murder scene? What do you think will happen to Ponyboy? What do you think will happen to Johnny? How will the event affect Ponyboy’s family? You may make any further predictions about the story from this point. After you have finished your journal, get together with your group and discuss what you have written.
3. Continue reading chapters 4 and 5 in The Outsiders to find out what happens after the murder. Write in your journal whether or not each of your predictions was accurate. Be sure to explain what really happened. How does the boys' decision make you feel? Do you agree with what they did? Share your thoughts with your group.
4. Now that you have read through chapter 5, the fate of Johnny is in your hands. Each member of your group will take on one role of a member of the jury. You must follow all of the directions specified in your role. It is your responsibility as a group to fill all roles. As a jury, you will be responsible for making a verdict of whether or not Johnny is guilty of murder. The roles are as follows:
5. Write an entry in your webquest journal about your role and how it is relevant to Johnny’s case. Write whether or not you think Johnny should be convicted of murder based on what you have researched during your role. Be sure to include evidence that supports your decision.
6. Come together as a group and share what you have written. Be sure to explain to your group why you feel the way you do. At the end of your conference, your entire group must agree on the fate of Johnny. You must deliver the verdict of guilty or not guilty.
Once you have
decided on Johnny’s verdict, write a two-page paper using Microsoft
Word arguing why you came to the conclusion you did. Back your decision
with at least three pieces of evidence that led you to your verdict.
Describe the process you went through to reach the conclusion you did.
Be sure to argue against at least one piece of evidence from each perspective.
Your paper must have an introduction, body, and conclusion and must
be free of grammatical and spelling errors.