The Kite Runner Curriculum Unit
Students undertake an examination of Afghan history and culture. They analyze the author’s style and study character development. The unit contains supplementary text analysis. Students have opportunities to incorporate role-play, debate, and research activities. They will conduct map analysis of various regions in the novel.
Supplementary materials include a culminating test with answer key. This unit includes 10 Lesson Plans / 25 Handouts / 72 Pages, aligned to Common Core standards, grades 9-12, high school.
- Critical thinking
- Productivity and accountability
The Kite Runner is set in modern Afghanistan and America. The plot centers on Amir’s problem of self-definition, a universal problem. His struggle throughout the novel for self-understanding and acceptance is the timeless journey of a hero and parallels the epic quest for home. In a sense, Amir’s inner conflict mirrors Afghanistan’s conflict; both struggle with finding an identity amidst rampant social unrest and pressures from outside sources.
Check out the Additional Info Section for the Common Core English Language Arts Standards.