The Outsiders Inspires Song Battle


Have you ever read the The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton? If you haven’t read it, you should and if you have, let’s be best friends. In the book there are two social groups. The Greasers are the hoods – the bad boys (just think of a bad boy version of Harry Styles). Then, there’s the Socials (or Socs) – the rich kids who get all the breaks. In the book, the two groups arrange an infamous rumble and Mrs. Vachon’s Grade 8 English classes are going to reenact it.

Mrs. Vachon gave her two Grade 8 classes the glorious task of reading The Outsiders. After four chapter write-ups and a character analysis essay, the unit of study culminated with the the highly anticipated “Song Rumble”. What’s a song rumble? I’m glad you asked. In this case, both classes were split into two groups: Greasers and Socs. I was a born Greaser, just ask anyone. I’ve got an epic leather jacket, leather boots and a black eye to prove it.

Anyways, after the class was split into two teams, each student picks a song that represents a Greaser or Soc from the novel. The student then presents a 30-second clip of their song and a one-minute persuasive speech on why their song best represents that character. The judges pick a winner and a point goes to the total for that team. The winning team is the team with the most points (*cough* Greasers *cough*). The team with the most points wins the rumble.

I’m going against a pretty smart cookie, if you know what I mean. So, I’ve gathered an outfit, mentally prepared myself through hours of channeling my inner Greaser, physically preparing with a few hand-to-hand fights with my brothers and I’m now ready to get my rumble on.


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