In chapter two of The Outsiders, Ponyboy says, "When you're a gang, you stick up for the members. If you don't stick up for them, stick together, make like brothers, it isn't a gang anymore. It's a pack" (Hinton 26).

You should have analyzed this statement earlier when you read chapter two, but I want us to revisit this statement because it is important to understanding some of the themes of the novel. One of the prominent themes of The Outsiders is about identity and belonging. Ponyboy not only hangs with the Greasers, but he feels so close to them that thinks of them as family. Today, you will write about different groups or cliques in a school or schools you have attended and what group or groups you felt that you belonged to.

I would like you to watch the following clip from Westside Story. Like The Outsiders, Westside Story is a story about rival gangs. As you watch see if you can make a connection between the song the Jets are singing and Ponyboy's statement above.

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