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Unit

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A unit of materials to support the teaching and reading of the novel The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini. The unit includes a suggested reading schedule and unit plan. pre-reading assignments and worksheets, during reading questions, graphic organizers and lesson plans, and after reading assessments and writing extensions.

Subjects:

  • Language Arts > General
  • Language Arts > Literature
  • Language Arts > Reading Comprehension
  • Language Arts > Vocabulary
  • Language Arts > Writing

Education Levels:

  • Grade 9
  • Grade 10

Keywords:

The Kite Runner Khaled Hosseini unit

Language:

English

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Public - Available to anyone

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Creative Commons Attribution 3.0

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CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.3: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science,

Analyze how particular lines of dialogue or incidents in a story or drama propel the action, reveal aspects of a character, or provoke a decision.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.1: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science,

Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.2: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science,

Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze in detail its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.3: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science,

Analyze how complex characters (e.g., those with multiple or conflicting motivations) develop over the course of a text, interact with other characters, and advance the plot or develop the theme.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.11-12.1: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science,

Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text, including determining where the text leaves matters uncertain.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.11-12.2: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science,

Determine two or more themes or central ideas of a text and analyze their development over the course of the text, including how they interact and build on one another to produce a complex account; provide an objective summary of the text.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.11-12.3: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science,

Analyze the impact of the author's choices regarding how to develop and relate elements of a story or drama (e.g., where a story is set, how the action is ordered, how the characters are introduced and developed).

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.4: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science,

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the cumulative impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone (e.g., how the language evokes a sense of time and place; how it sets a formal or informal tone).

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.11-12.4: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science,

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including words with multiple meanings or language that is particularly fresh, engaging, or beautiful. (Include Shakespeare as well as other authors.)

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.7.1: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science,

Cite several pieces of textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.9-10.1: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science,

Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.11-12.1: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science,

Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text, including determining where the text leaves matters uncertain.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.9-10.4: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science,

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings; analyze the cumulative impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone (e.g., how the language of a court opinion differs from that of a newspaper).

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.9-10.6: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science,

Determine an author's point of view or purpose in a text and analyze how an author uses rhetoric to advance that point of view or purpose.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.11-12.4: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science,

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings; analyze how an author uses and refines the meaning of a key term or terms over the course of a text (e.g., how Madison defines faction in Federalist No. 10).

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.11-12.6: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science,

Determine an author's point of view or purpose in a text in which the rhetoric is particularly effective, analyzing how style and content contribute to the power, persuasiveness, or beauty of the text.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.1.3a: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science,

Know the spelling-sound correspondences for common consonant digraphs.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.1.3c: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science,

Know final -e and common vowel team conventions for representing long vowel sounds.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.2.3: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science,

Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.9-10.4c: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science,

Consult general and specialized reference materials (e.g., dictionaries, glossaries, thesauruses), both print and digital, to find the pronunciation of a word or determine or clarify its precise meaning, its part of speech, or its etymology.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.11-12.4c: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science,

Consult general and specialized reference materials (e.g., dictionaries, glossaries, thesauruses), both print and digital, to find the pronunciation of a word or determine or clarify its precise meaning, its part of speech, its etymology, or its standard usage.

S11371AE: Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for English Language Arts and Reading, Amended 2010

identify and read contractions (e.g., haven't, it's);

LA.11.1.1: English Language Arts

Identifying major historical developments of language and literature in America from 1900 to the present

LA.11.1.2: English Language Arts

Evaluating author technique

LA.11.2.1: English Language Arts

Explaining use of allusions

LA.11.2.2: English Language Arts

Analyzing use of analogies for meaning

LA.11.2.3: English Language Arts

Interpreting irony

LA.11.2.4: English Language Arts

Analyzing poetry for rhythm and rhyme schemes

LA.11.3.3: English Language Arts

Recognizing fallacies in logic

LA.11.3.4: English Language Arts

Drawing conclusions to determine author intent

LA.11.3.5: English Language Arts

Applying advanced knowledge of context clues and structural analysis to determine word meaning

LA.11.3.6: English Language Arts

Evaluating quality of writing

LA.11.4: English Language Arts

Analyze twentieth and twenty-first century American literary selections for plot structure, cultural significance, and use of propaganda.

LA.11.5: English Language Arts

Evaluate twentieth and twenty-first century American authors' use of language, including length and complexity of sentences, diction, and Standard English versus dialect.

LA.11.6: English Language Arts

Determine word meaning in twentieth and twenty-first century American literature using word structure and context clues.

LA.11.7: English Language Arts

Compare the writing styles of two or more American authors or public figures.

LA.11.8.1: English Language Arts

Using a variety of sentence patterns

LA.11.8.2: English Language Arts

Developing an effective voice suitable for audience and purpose

LA.11.9: English Language Arts

Analyze writing for parallelism in literary selections and student writing.

LA.11.10.1: English Language Arts

Editing writings for mechanics, usage, grammar, and style

LA.11.10.2: English Language Arts

Demonstrating appropriate use of ellipses, parentheses, hyphens and suspended hyphens, hyphenation of number-and-noun modifiers, slashes, and use of commas with subordinate clauses and nominative absolutes

LA.11.11: English Language Arts

Differentiate between the use of active and passive voice.

LA.11.12.2: English Language Arts

Using paraphrasing and documentation of sources to avoid plagiarism

LA.11.13: English Language Arts

Compare the use of oral presentation skills of self and others.

LA.11.14: English Language Arts

Identify propaganda in nonprint media.

LA.12.1.2: English Language Arts

Explaining use of allusions

LA.12.1.3: English Language Arts

Interpreting irony

LA.12.1.4: English Language Arts

Analyzing poetry for rhyme schemes

LA.12.1.5: English Language Arts

Identifying use of parody

LA.12.1.6: English Language Arts

Analyzing major historical developments in language and literature in the British Isles

LA.12.2.2: English Language Arts

Recognizing faulty logic or organization

LA.12.2.3: English Language Arts

Analyzing charts and tables for conclusions

LA.9-10.RW.1.1: English-Language Arts

Identify and use the literal and figurative meanings of words and understand word derivations.

LA.9-10.RW.1.2: English-Language Arts

Distinguish between the denotative and connotative meanings of words and interpret the connotative power of words.

LA.9-10.RC.2.4: English-Language Arts

Synthesize the content from several sources or works by a single author dealing with a single issue; paraphrase the ideas and connect them to other sources and related topics to demonstrate comprehension.

LA.9-10.RC.2.5: English-Language Arts

Extend ideas presented in primary or secondary sources through original analysis, evaluation, and elaboration.

LA.9-10.RL.3.2: English-Language Arts

Compare and contrast the presentation of a similar theme or topic across genres to explain how the selection of genre shapes the theme or topic.

LA.9-10.RL.3.3: English-Language Arts

Analyze interactions between main and subordinate characters in a literary text (e.g., internal and external conflicts, motivations, relationships, influences) and explain the way those interactions affect the plot.

LA.9-10.RL.3.4: English-Language Arts

Determine characters' traits by what the characters say about themselves in narration, dialogue, dramatic monologue, and soliloquy.

LA.9-10.RL.3.5: English-Language Arts

Compare works that express a universal theme and provide evidence to support the ideas expressed in each work.

LA.9-10.RL.3.6: English-Language Arts

Analyze and trace an author's development of time and sequence, including the use of complex literary devices (e.g., foreshadowing, flashbacks).

LA.9-10.RL.3.7: English-Language Arts

Recognize and understand the significance of various literary devices, including figurative language, imagery, allegory, and symbolism, and explain their appeal.

LA.9-10.RL.3.8: English-Language Arts

Interpret and evaluate the impact of ambiguities, subtleties, contradictions, ironies, and incongruities in a text.

LA.9-10.RL.3.9: English-Language Arts

Explain how voice, persona, and the choice of a narrator affect characterization and the tone, plot, and credibility of a text.

LA.9-10.RL.3.11: English-Language Arts

Evaluate the aesthetic qualities of style, including the impact of diction and figurative language on tone, mood, and theme, using the terminology of literary criticism. (Aesthetic approach)

LA.9-10.RL.3.12: English-Language Arts

Analyze the way in which a work of literature is related to the themes and issues of its historical period. (Historical approach)

LA.9-10.W.2.1.a: English-Language Arts

Relate a sequence of events and communicate the significance of the events to the audience.

LA.9-10.W.2.1.b: English-Language Arts

Locate scenes and incidents in specific places.

LA.9-10.W.2.1.c: English-Language Arts

Describe with concrete sensory details the sights, sounds, and smells of a scene and the specific actions, movements, gestures, and feelings of the characters; use interior monologue to depict the characters' feelings.

LA.9-10.W.2.1.d: English-Language Arts

Pace the presentation of actions to accommodate changes in time and mood.

LA.9-10.W.2.1.e: English-Language Arts

Make effective use of descriptions of appearance, images, shifting perspectives, and sensory details.

LA.9-10.W.2.2.a: English-Language Arts

Demonstrate a comprehensive grasp of the significant ideas of literary works.

LA.9-10.W.2.2.b: English-Language Arts

Support important ideas and viewpoints through accurate and detailed references to the text or to other works.

LA.9-10.W.2.2.c: English-Language Arts

Demonstrate awareness of the author's use of stylistic devices and an appreciation of the effects created.

LA.9-10.W.2.2.d: English-Language Arts

Identify and assess the impact of perceived ambiguities, nuances, and complexities within the text.

LA.9-10.LA.910.1.6.1: Reading and Language Arts

use new vocabulary that is introduced and taught directly;

LA.9-10.LA.910.1.6.2: Reading and Language Arts

listen to, read, and discuss familiar and conceptually challenging text;

LA.9-10.LA.910.1.6.3: Reading and Language Arts

use context clues to determine meanings of unfamiliar words;

LA.9-10.LA.910.1.6.4: Reading and Language Arts

categorize key vocabulary and identify salient features;

LA.9-10.LA.910.1.6.5: Reading and Language Arts

relate new vocabulary to familiar words;

LA.9-10.LA.910.1.6.7: Reading and Language Arts

identify and understand the meaning of conceptually advanced prefixes, suffixes, and root words;

LA.9-10.LA.910.1.6.8: Reading and Language Arts

identify advanced word/phrase relationships and their meanings;

LA.9-10.LA.910.1.7.1: Reading and Language Arts

use background knowledge of subject and related content areas, prereading strategies (e.g., previewing, discussing, generating questions), text features, and text structure to make and confirm complex predictions of content, purpose, and organization of a reading selection;

LA.9-10.LA.910.1.7.2: Reading and Language Arts

analyze the author?s purpose and/or perspective in a variety of text and understand how they affect meaning;

LA.9-10.LA.910.1.7.3: Reading and Language Arts

determine the main idea or essential message in grade-level or higher texts through inferring, paraphrasing, summarizing, and identifying relevant details;

LA.9-10.LA.910.1.7.4: Reading and Language Arts

identify cause-and-effect relationships in text;

LA.9-10.LA.910.1.7.5: Reading and Language Arts

analyze a variety of text structures (e.g., comparison/contrast, cause/effect, chronological order, argument/support, lists) and text features (main headings with subheadings) and explain their impact on meaning in text;

LA.9-10.LA.910.1.7.6: Reading and Language Arts

analyze and evaluate similar themes or topics by different authors across a variety of fiction and nonfiction selections;

LA.9-10.LA.910.1.7.7: Reading and Language Arts

compare and contrast elements in multiple texts; and

LA.9-10.LA.910.1.7.8: Reading and Language Arts

use strategies to repair comprehension of grade-appropriate text when self-monitoring indicates confusion, including but not limited to rereading, checking context clues, predicting, note-making, summarizing, using graphic and semantic organizers, questioning, and clarifying by checking other sources.

LA.9-10.LA.910.2.1.1: Reading and Language Arts

analyze and compare historically and culturally significant works of literature, identifying the relationships among the major genres (e.g., poetry, fiction, nonfiction, short story, dramatic literature, essay) and the literary devices unique to each, and analyze how they support and enhance the theme and main ideas of the text;

LA.9-10.LA.910.2.1.2: Reading and Language Arts

analyze and compare a variety of traditional, classical, and contemporary literary works, and identify the literary elements of each (e.g., setting, plot, characterization, conflict);

LA.9-10.LA.910.2.1.3: Reading and Language Arts

explain how meaning is enhanced through various features of poetry, including sound (e.g., rhythm, repetition, alliteration, consonance, assonance), structure (e.g., meter, rhyme scheme), and graphic elements (e.g., line length, punctuation, word position);

LA.9-10.LA.910.2.1.4: Reading and Language Arts

identify and analyze universal themes and symbols across genres and historical periods, and explain their significance;

LA.9-10.LA.910.2.1.5: Reading and Language Arts

analyze and develop an interpretation of a literary work by describing an authors use of literary elements (e.g., theme, point of view, characterization, setting, plot), and explain and analyze different elements of figurative language (e.g., simile, metaphor, personification, hyperbole, symbolism, allusion, imagery);

LA.9-10.LA.910.2.1.6: Reading and Language Arts

create a complex, multi-genre response to the reading of two or more literary works, describing and analyzing an author?s use of literary elements (e.g., theme, point of view, characterization, setting, plot), figurative language (e.g., simile, metaphor, personification, hyperbole, symbolism, allusion, imagery), and analyzing an author?s development of time and sequence through the use of complex literary devices such as foreshadowing and flashback;

LA.9-10.LA.910.2.1.7: Reading and Language Arts

analyze, interpret, and evaluate an author?s use of descriptive language (e.g., tone, irony, mood, imagery, pun, alliteration, onomatopoeia, allusion), figurative language (e.g., symbolism, metaphor, personification, hyperbole), common idioms, and mythological and literary allusions, and explain how they impact meaning in a variety of texts;

LA.9-10.LA.910.2.1.8: Reading and Language Arts

explain how ideas, values, and themes of a literary work often reflect the historical period in which it was written;

LA.9-10.LA.910.2.1.9: Reading and Language Arts

identify, analyze, and compare the differences in English language patterns and vocabulary choices of contemporary and historical texts; and

LA.9-10.LA.910.2.1.10: Reading and Language Arts

select a variety of age and ability appropriate fiction materials to read based on knowledge of authors? styles, themes, and genres to expand the core foundation of knowledge necessary to connect topics and function as a fully literate member of a shared culture.

LA.9-10.LA.910.3.1.1: Reading and Language Arts

generating ideas from multiple sources (e.g., brainstorming, notes, journals, discussion, research materials or other reliable sources) based upon teacher-directed topics and personal interests;

LA.9-10.LA.910.3.1.3: Reading and Language Arts

using organizational strategies and tools (e.g., technology, spreadsheet, outline, chart, table, graph, Venn Diagram, web, story map, plot pyramid) to develop a personal organizational style.

LA.9-10.LA.910.3.5.2: Reading and Language Arts

include such techniques as principle of design (e.g., margins, tabs, spacing, columns) and graphics (e.g., drawings, charts, graphs); and

LA.9-10.LA.910.3.5.3: Reading and Language Arts

sharing with others, or submitting for publication.

LA.9-10.LA.910.4.1.1: Reading and Language Arts

write in a variety of expressive and reflective forms that use a range of appropriate strategies and specific narrative techniques, employ literary devices, and sensory description; and

LA.9-10.LA.910.4.1.2: Reading and Language Arts

incorporate figurative language, emotions, gestures, rhythm, dialogue, characterization, plot, and appropriate format.

LA.9-10.LA.910.6.4.1: Reading and Language Arts

use appropriate available technologies to enhance communication and achieve a purpose (e.g., video, digital technology); and

LA.9-10.LA.910.6.4.2: Reading and Language Arts

routinely use digital tools for publication, communication and productivity.

LA.9-12.R.1: English Language Arts

Identify the purpose for reading

LA.9-12.R.2: English Language Arts

Adjust the reading rate according to the purpose for reading

LA.9-12.R.3: English Language Arts

Determine the meaning of unfamiliar words by using classroom and other resources

LA.9-12.R.4: English Language Arts

Distinguish between dictionary meaning and implied meaning of the writer's words

LA.9-12.R.5: English Language Arts

Follow the logic of compound/complex sentence structure

LA.9-12.R.6: English Language Arts

Use knowledge of punctuation to assist in comprehension

LA.9-12.R.7: English Language Arts

Identify transitional words or phrases that make text cohesive (e.g., finally, in addition, and in contrast)

LA.9-12.R.8: English Language Arts

Recognize the organizational format, such as hierarchical, chronological, and cause/effect

LA.9-12.R.9: English Language Arts

Use strategies such as discussing with others, reading guides and summaries, and reading aloud to assist in comprehension

LA.9-12.R.10: English Language Arts

Identify opportunities for improvement of reading comprehension skills; for example, exposure to seek a wider range of writers, topics, and styles

LA.9-12.R.11: English Language Arts

Maintain a personal reading list to reflect reading accomplishments

LA.9-12.W.1: English Language Arts

Understand the purpose for writing; the purpose may be to explain, describe, narrate, persuade, or express feelings

LA.9-12.W.2: English Language Arts

Identify the intended audience

LA.9-12.W.3: English Language Arts

Use tone and language appropriate to the audience and purpose

LA.9-12.W.4: English Language Arts

Use prewriting activities (e.g., brainstorming, freewriting, note taking, outlining, and paragraphing)

LA.9-12.W.5: English Language Arts

Use the writing process (e.g., prewriting, drafting, revising, proofreading, and editing)

LA.9-12.W.6: English Language Arts

Write clear, concise sentences

LA.9-12.W.7.a: English Language Arts

punctuation of simple and compound sentences, dialogue, titles of articles

LA.9-12.W.7.b: English Language Arts

capitalization of words such as proper adjectives, titles of persons, and words in quotes

LA.9-12.W.7.c: English Language Arts

spelling of commonly misspelled words, homonyms, content-area vocabulary

LA.9-12.W.8.a: English Language Arts

parts of speech, such as nouns; adjectives and adverbs (comparative/superlative); pronouns (indefinite/nominative/objective); conjunctions (coordinating/subordinating); prepositions and prepositional phrases; interjections; and conjunctions to connect ideas

LA.9-12.W.8.b: English Language Arts

complete simple, compound, and complex sentences of varied structure containing dependent clauses and using correct subject-verb agreement, correct verb tense, and pronouns with clear antecedents

LA.9-12.W.9: English Language Arts

Use dictionaries, thesauruses, and style manuals

LA.9-12.W.10: English Language Arts

Use an organizational format that provides direction, coherence, and/or unity

LA.9-12.W.11: English Language Arts

Use computer technology to create, manipulate, and edit text
Curriki Rating
On a scale of 0 to 3
3
On a scale of 0 to 3

This resource was reviewed using the Curriki Review rubric and received an overall Curriki Review System rating of 3, as of 2009-08-16.

Component Ratings:

Technical Completeness: 3
Content Accuracy: 3
Appropriate Pedagogy: 3

Reviewer Comments:

This resource begins with a graphic table of contents depicting materials needed for a 6 week study of The Kite Runner. The introductory materials in this unit describe the themes that will be explored - redemption, loyalty, friendship, isolation, loss of innocence and the relationships between parents and children. The students will study the novel through group work and independent writing extension assignments. Reading strategies are introduced each week and practiced throughout the study of the novel.
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Marcello Woods
August 8, 2013
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J Wright
October 21, 2012

This was extremely useful- I especially loved the lesson on inference. Thanks!

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kazie vasquez
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k n

This is terrific. I was wondering if you had instructions for the ABC book? Also, I noticed the test is a combination of The Secret Life of Bees and Kite Runner. Did you use the "it says, I say, and so" for Kite Runner as well?

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Katrina Hinson

I love this. I use this novel with my developmental reading students in a community college setting and I have found the unit to be a useful resource for me and for them. It is nice to see contemporary, relevant material being discussed. This is a great resource.

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K Patterson

It's nice to see resources for contemporary literature available!

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