I've taught students literary criticism basics in the past. We've discussed the foundations of historical, formalist, feminist/gender studies, psychoanalytical, and reader response theories as a type of lens that a reader might don to help understand the particulars of a text. By teaching literary criticism as a lens, I have found it also helps students understand some related literary tropes and devices. In the past, students have completed a WebQuest activity to help introduce the various theories.
The Kite Runner could prove fruitful for this type of study. However, I worry that using this type of frame might reduce the story to nothing more than its devices and context. I suppose this is the danger when teaching literary criticism in general. I'd love your thoughts and feedback on anything I should consider as I work on this curriculum unit.
In the meantime, I thought I would share some of the resources that I found online that might help others as they consider teaching this text.
- Kite Runner book.pdf (application/pdf Object)
Kite Runner was selected as one of the "One Book, One Bucks County" project. This document includes a wealth of resources listed by grade-level.
- literature_kite_runner_p12_p17.pdf (application/pdf Object)
This document contains an excerpt from the novel, background information, and follow-up activities, including a narrative based on an incident in the reader's childhood.
- kiterunnerhigh.pdf (application/pdf Object)
I want to thank the Human Rights Education Program at Amnesty International USA for this comprehensive guide to The Kite Runner film. I think they have done a terrific service to the students, and I am grateful to them for bringing to light the nuances and many complexities of Afghan society and Afghan life via this guide.
- n00020_tg.pdf (application/pdf Object)
As the Table of Contents shows, this Study Guide is organized into sections corresponding to the requirements any teacher might consider - pre-, during and post-reading activities. One of the virtues of this novel is that it unequivocally places the reader inside the narrator's experience of the Pastun culture. At the same time, this quality may create barriers for younger readers. This guide includes writing and reading activities to familiarize students with the background, history, and culture of Afghanistan.
- The Kite Runner Connects the English and History Classrooms
Promote Independent Thinking with "The Kite Runner" Article by ATag A Curriculum unit that includes discussion questions and links to a WebQuests and unit plans.
- Search Result: kite runner - TeachersPayTeachers.com
Haven't used TeachersPayTeachers before? Check it out! Registration is free. Teachers post lesson plans for just about anything you can think of, some for free, some for minimal cost. This is a link to all the lessons on the site for The Kite Runner.
- The Kite Runner Summary at WikiSummaries: Free Book Summaries
Just found this. Apparently, WikiSummaries is similar to Sparknotes with chapter-by-chapter summaries.
- Reading Across Rhode Island Resources
A huge selection of resources on The Kite Runner from Rhode Island's "One Book, One State" program.
- "The Kite Runner" Banned In Afghanistan - CBS News
The Afghan government banned the film more than a month ago because of a rape scene of a young boy and the ethnic tensions that the film highlights, said Din Mohammad Rashed Mubarez, the deputy minister of the Ministry of Information and Culture. Shops selling the movie would be closed, he said.
- Room 222 | Teacher Handouts for The Kite Runner
A final assessment for reading The Kit Runner. Use the links on the left side of the page to also access the teacher's materials for teaching this book.
- Mrs. Murphy - Class Info
Scroll down the page to find Mrs. Murphy's links to her Kite Runner teaching materials.