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									   In your daybook, please respond
    thoughtfully to the following:

   Text to text—Identify a critical theme,
    situation, or moment within the text of The Kite
    Runner that reminded you of another piece of
    writing or text that you have read. Explain it
    carefully, making sure to reveal points in
    comparison & contrast.
   Daybook writing (previous slide)
   Journal writing topics (
   “Who am I?” and The Kite Runner essay due via email by Friday
    at 11:59pm
   Kite Runner project (will give at the end of class) will be due next
    This weekend- read “How to Blog” and respond to the English II-
    Kite Runner blog at - everyone
    should respond at least one time to the blog by Monday evening
    at 11:59pm
   Today, we will take notes about The Kite Runner and about the
    culture in which is it situated.
   Writing a Literary Analysis

   A routine assignment for students in literature and
    composition classes is to write a literary analysis. In
    writing such an analysis, students discuss a work of
    fiction or poetry in terms of one or more elements of
    the work. For example, a story may be analyzed in
    terms of the importance that setting plays to the story;
    in terms of a particular problem it presents to the
    reader; in terms of specific symbolism in the work; or
    in terms of a character’s or an event’s role in the story.
   Avoid the use of the first person (I) and second
    person (the pronoun you) in making your
   Also stay away from writing that focuses on
    the writing process (“This paper will attempt to
    explain the symbolism in The Scarlet Letter . . .”)
    instead of the topic at hand (“The Scarlet Letter
    is rife with symbolism . . .”).
   Do not use Firstly, Secondly, Thirdly, In
   1. Essays should consist of a minimum of 5 to 7
   1 introduction with thesis statement
    3 to 5 text paragraphs
    1 conclusion / summary
   2. Paragraphs must be well-developed with
    strong topic and supporting sentences. Make
    sure to use complete sentences, good grammar,
    and correct spelling.
   Spelling.
   Capitalization.
   Underline books
   Write in present tense (“Amir is an antihero”- Not,
    “Amir was an antihero.”
   Do NOT use contractions e.g. Don't, wasn't, can't,
    didn't, etc.
   Avoid making evaluation comments e.g. "tremendous,
    beautiful, brilliant, wonderful," etc.
   Never start or finish your essay with a quote or a
    dictionary definition.
by Khaled Hosseini
   • Terrain – rocky and dry, mountainous in the
    central part of the country
   • Climate – hot summers, cold winters
   • Geography – borders Iran, Pakistan,
   Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Tajikstan
• In the 19th century, Afghanistan ceded many
   territories to Great Britain.
• In 1919, the Anglo-Afghan wars returned the
   ruling power to the Afghani monarchy.
• In 1973, the king’s brother staged a coup to
   create a Republic.
• In 1978, communists overthrew the ruler and
   took over the government.
• In 1979, the Soviet Union sent troops to
   Afghanistan to bolster the communist regime.
• The Soviet occupation resulted in a mass
   exodus from Afghanistan. Over 5 million
   people left the country and settled mainly in
•   However, the world-wide push against
    communism was considerable, and the Soviet
    Union finally left the country in 1989 after
    much opposition from rebel groups inside

• The chaos that was left by the Soviet
  withdrawal spawned the rise of the Taliban,
  and it seized Kabul in 1996.
• Under the Taliban’s rule, human rights and civil
  liberties were slowly peeled away.

• The Taliban instituted cruel and inhumane
  treatment of those who opposed them in order
  to solidify their power over Afghanistan’s
• In the beginning of The Kite Runner, the
   monarchy is still in place and the country is
   relatively calm. However, chaos starts to erupt
   as the king is overthrown by his brother.

• In the second half of The Kite Runner, the Taliban
   is in power, creating a much more volatile and
   dangerous Afghanistan.
A religion based on the interpretations of God’s
  word by the prophet Muhammad found in the
  Qu’ran (sometimes spelled Koran)

Followers of Islam, Muslims, are devoted to daily
  prayer (five times a day facing Mecca, the holy
• There are several tenets of Islam, but there are
  three mentioned early on in the book:
  • Zakat – charitable giving
  • Hadj – pilgrimage to Mecca
  • Namaz – five daily prayers facing Mecca
   The Kaaba or "Cube" is a circular building located
    inside the al-Masjid al-Haram mosque in Mecca, Saudi
    Arabia. The mosque was built around the original
   The Kaaba is the holiest place in Islam.[2] The qibla, the
    direction Muslims face during prayer, is the direction
    from their location on Earth towards the Kaaba. It is
    around the Kaaba that ritual circumambulation is
    performed by Muslims during the Hajj (pilgrimage)
    season as well as during the Umrah (lesser pilgrimage).
The Black Stone is a significant feature of the Kaaba,
  believed by Muslims to date back to the time of Adam
  and Eve. Located on the eastern corner of the Kaaba, it
  is about 30 cm (12 inches) in diameter and surrounded
  by a silver frame. Hajj pilgrims often attempt to kiss
  the Stone as Muhammad once did. Because of the large
  crowds, this is not always possible, and so as pilgrims
  walk around the Kaaba, they are to point to the Stone
  on each circuit.
 Tradition has it that the Black Stone was white when it
  came to Earth, subsequently turning black under the
  burden of humanity's sins.
   According to the Qur'an, the Kaaba was
    rebuilt by Ibrahim (Abraham) and his
    son Ishmael. Islamic traditions assert that
    the Kaaba "reflects" a house in heaven
    called al-Baytu –Mamur and that it was
    first built by the first man, Adam.
    Ibrahim and Ismail rebuilt the Kaaba on
    the old foundations.


   Info on Islam
• Islam is divided into two denominations, Shia
   and Sunni. Because of the differing views of
   these two groups, they maintain a rather tense
   and hostile relationship.

• The Pashtun (majority) are typically Sunni, and
  the Hazara (minority) are typically Shia.

• Thus, the racial differences are compounded by
  the religious differences.
The distinct racial
division in
Afghanistan occurs
between the Hazara
and the Pashtun.
The Pashtun are the
majority race, and
against the Hazara
is widespread.
• The Hazaras are most
easily identified by their
tendency to have light colored
and almond shaped
eyes and round faces.
• They are possibly direct
descendents of Genghis
Khan, who invaded
Afghanistan in the 13th
• Thus, they are seen as
“invaders” and not true
The Hazaras typically function as the servant
class and partake in few of the freedoms
enjoyed by the Pashtun upper-class.
• jan – a term of endearment often used after a
   person’s name: Baba jan
• agha – leader, ruler, master, lord
• sahib – friend (original), lord
• naan – bread
• Other words will be explained in context on a
   need-to-know basis
• Amir – the main character; narrator
• Baba – Amir’s father; wealthy Afghani
• Rahim Khan – Baba’s best friend and business
  partner; an uncle to Amir
• Hassan – Amir’s best friend; servant
• Ali – Hassan’s father
• Is it ever appropriate or necessary to remain a
   silent bystander when someone is being hurt
   (physically or emotionally)?
• Is it possible to atone (make amends) for our
• Do we have an obligation to be loyal and
   truthful to our friends and family members?
   As a pair or trio, will create a teaching lesson.
   You will be asked to create a PowerPoint presentation and a
    subsequent study guide incorporating all of these items, and
    teach your presentation to the class. All power points should
    be emailed to me as well before you present them. That way
    I can have them ready on my desktop for you to present.
    You will get a group grade, an individual test grade, and a
    quiz grade.
   You must use text from the novel to support your claims.
   Note- you are not to use any outside sources for this project.
    The only source you may use is the novel.
Group One-      Symbolism in the novel
Group Two-      Characterization of Amir
Group Three-    Characterization of Hassan
Group Four-     Foreshadowing in the novel
Group Five-     Compare and Contrast - America/Afghanistan
Group Six-      Compare and Contrast- Pashtuns/Hazaras
Group Seven-    Imagery in the novel
Group Eight-    “Man’s Inhumanity To Man” as a theme in the
Group Nine-     Tone and Mood in the novel
Group Ten-      Theme of “the strength of character” in the
Group Eleven-   Theme of “discrimination and bigotry” in the

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