Activity Overview

A fun way to do a more in depth analysis of a character and how they change is to create a Wanted Poster. Students can pick any character from The Outsiders, or they can be assigned by the teacher. They'll create a Wanted Poster that provides a description of the character, their gang alliance, important information, and the "reward", which will be where the character is at the end and how they've changed.

Teacher note: Add additional template options to the project by visiting our Wanted Poster template page!

Template and Class Instructions

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Student Instructions

Create a Wanted Poster that analyzes a character from The Outsiders.

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. Identify the character and select one of the Storyboard That characters to represent them.
  3. Add a description, reasons, & a reward under the guise of a character analysis.
  4. Add an illustration using appropriate scenes, items, and characters.
  5. Save and exit when you're done.

Lesson Plan Reference


(You can also create your own on Quick Rubric.)

Wanted or Missing Poster
Pretend that a character from your book is missing and create a wanted or missing poster!
Proficient Emerging Beginning
Includes who's wanted or missing, a reward amount if found, a contact phone number, and 2-3 sentences that accurately describe the missing person.
Missing one element of text.
Missing two or more elements of text.
Illustrations depict the person or animal according to the story with clear visuals including an appropriate scene, character, items, etc.
Illustrations depict the person or animal but are unclear or incomplete.
Illustrations do not depict the person or animal.

How To Create a Poster in an Elementary Classroom


Show Some Examples

Before a creative project, it is a good idea to show students some examples of what they will be making so you can help frame the project for them. By showing some posters and talking about them, you will get the creative juices flowing.


Explain the Directions

Students will be making a Wanted Poster for one of the characters in The Outsiders. You can allow them to pick or assign them one. Explain that students will need to describe the character physically and emotionally, what he or she is wanted for, and how the character grows through the novel (the reward).


Scaffold as Needed

Some students love creative projects and will get to work immediately, while others need more help. As you move throughout the room, scaffold as needed so that students can synthesize everything they know about their character.

Frequently Asked Questions about The Outsiders: Create a Wanted Poster

Why is characterization so important in a novel?

Students should analyze characters carefully when reading. They should include what the character says and does, what other characters say about them, how they interact with others, and any other important elements of the story that relate to the characters.

How can creativity fuel higher level thinking?

When students are asked to think outside of the box, they do away with rote memorization and are led to some deeper thinking. In order to create the wanted poster, students need to synthesize a lot of the elements of the story to complete it.

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