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Does anyone know a good short story that I can use with this book so that the students (8th grade) can write a comparison contrast essay? The Outsiders

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I recommend Graham Greene's "The Destructors."  This short story is also about a street gang.  LikeThe Outsiders, "The Destructors" deals with conflict between social classes. The central characters in the story decide to destroy their neighbor's house, partly because it represented a higher social class from an earlier era.  They also decide to destroy it because they were bored and had nothing better to do. 

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In the anthology book I use in my class there is an excerpt from Richard Wright's autobiography Black Boy that tells a story of him as a young boy having to fight off bullies in order to earn respect on the...

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One short story that you might choose to use in conjunction with “The Outsiders” is “Broken Chain” written by Gary Soto.  This story is about brothers too.  Another short story is Langston Hughes story “Thank You, M’am” and this story fits into Black History month too.  Judith Cofer wrote a story called “American History.”  This story deals mainly with the 1960’s and is about a teenager who is different and how he deals with these differences.

Thank you for your help.  I printed off "Broken Chain" and will look for "American History."  My students read “Thank You, M’am” in 7th grade.