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Kite Runner

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Introducing The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini:


Background on the Novel:


Learn about Afghanistan:

  • This National Geographic site is a great place to learn more about the history, geography, and politics of Afghanistan.
  • The CIA World Factbook is another great resource.
  • Learn about the different ethnic groups living in Aghanistan
    • A map of the distribution of the different groups living in Afghanistan
    • The Pashtuns make up the majority and are most often Sunni Muslims
    • The Hazaras make up about one-fifth of Afghanistan's population and are Shiite Muslims
    • Learn about the various groups in Afghanistan through this interactive map



What is Kite Fighting?


The Women of Kabul:

  • A very interesting project sponsored by the Washington Post on the roles and history of women in Afghanistan.  This site is loaded with images, video documentary, and a great interviews.
  • You've probably seen this picture before. It is one of National Geographic's most famous images. But who is this Afghani girl? Where is she now? What does she look like today? See for yourself!


Video Background:

  • Enjoy this playlist of videos featuring interviews of the author, presentations on the history of Afghanistan, and more about the Kite Runner.


Literary Criticism and The Kite Runner:

Linked below are student developed resources to help readers better understand the depth and complexities of Khaled Hosseini's The Kite Runner. These pages were put together in conjunction with our study of literary criticism.


About the Characters:

  • What do we know about the main characters? Click HERE to learn more about the main characters.
  • And here are some student produced resources for understanding the characters, motifs, and significant events in the story. 


Learning More from Other Students:

  • Ms. Ward is not an expert in the history and culture of Afghanistan, so why not learn from someone who is? CLICK HERE to learn from other students also reading The Kite Runner and/or currently living in Afghanistan.


Extra Credit Opportunities:

  • Complete an independent project on the Middle East to earn up to 10 points of extra credit.  Get the details HERE.


Resources for Teachers:

  • Teachers will find a bookmarked list of lesson plans and curriculum materials for teaching this novel HERE.




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