Reading

The_Outsiders_bookAs you may have seen on the homework page, we are beginning a unit on a great novel called The Outsiders. Your homework for Monday night will be to read Chapter One and define the words listed on the homework page.

Here is a short excerpt from the book to get you excited about reading it!


They walked around slowly, silently, smiling.

“Hey, grease,” one said in an over-friendly voice. “We’re gonna do you a favour, greaser. We’re gonna cut all that long greasy hair off.”

He had on a madras shirt. I can still set it. Blue madras. One of them laughed, then cussed me out in a low voice. I couldn’t think of anything to say. There just isn’t a whole lot you can say while waiting to get mugged, so I kept my mouth shut.

“Need a haircut, greaser?” The medium-sized blond pulled a knife out of his back pocket and flipped the blade open.

I finally thought of something to say. “No.” I was backing up, away from that knife. Of course I backed right into one of them. They had me down in a second. They had my arms and legs pinned down and one of them was sitting on my chest with his knees on my elbows, and if you don’t think that hurts, you’re crazy. I could smell English Leather shaving lotion and stale tobacco, and I wondered foolishly if I would suffocate before they did anything. I was scared so bad I was wishing I would. I fought to get loose, and almost did for a second; then they tightened up on me and slugged me a couple of times. So I lay still, swearing at them between gasps. A blade was held against my throat.

“How’d you like that haircut to begin just below the chin?”

It occurred to me then that they could kill me.

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