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The Kite Runner

Essential Questions: How can our lives change in a single moment? What is the impact of regret and guilt on our lives? Can we ever atone for the choices we make and regret?
Your critical/ analytical essay will be based on one of these questions

Literary Focus: Characterization How are we transformed by lifes e !eriences" Who is the main character? What is important about this character? What are his/her physical, emotional, spiritual, psychological attributes? What conflicts does this character encounter? How does he/she resolve these conflicts? How does this character grow/change over time?

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#!!roaches: Readin$! o You will be part of a reading group o You will meet weekly, for four weeks Res!ondin$: while readin$ o "se a reading strategy that works for you# sticky notes, reader$s notebook, etc o %t each meeting you will create and add to a mind map o &ouble &iary entries# see separate booklet &ue on the last group meeting day ''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''' Res!ondin$: after readin$ o %io &oem: write a bio poem about the key character (individual summative) Consider font style * si+e, colour %dd visuals to enhance your poem Complete a detailed e,planation of your purpose and choices

o Literary Essay: Write a literary essay that answers one of the essential 'uestions (individual summative)

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Mind Map Notes For the novel you have chosen, each time your group meets, you will add to the mind maps you have created.
'ecide "hat "or(s best for you. &here is not )ust one "ay that a mind map must be completed. *onsider using colour# dra"ings# etc.

Symbolism & Irony

Significant Quotes Title

Character development o o o o ho is!are the main character"s#$ ho are they to begin with$ hat significant events and revelations occur$ "%piphany# hat is the effect on the character"s#$

Initially &&&&& is. 'owever, &&&&& occurs. Conse(uently he!she &&&&&. Finally, he!she is&&&& hen reading a rich te)t, the *ey to thematic development is character change. +lmost always, theMetamorphosis *ey character a is aundergoes metaphor to describe character significant change or transformationchange. .
What are the stages of change a character goes through ,ne way to thin* about this is through the idea of metamorphosis. !o" does "ho they are at the end# relate to "ho they "ere at the beginning $ot all change is positi%e.
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&here may be a physical change "hich can be symbolic for internal change# or# the

The Kite Runner Critical/Analytical Essay Topics: How can our lives change in a single moment? What is the impact of regret and guilt on our lives? Can we ever atone for the choices we make and regret?

Assignment: Choose one of the above (uestions. +nswer the (uestion in relation to the novel you have read.

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Format: %ssay

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Brainstorming: In your groups, complete the graphic organi-er Thematic Thin*ing.

Thematic Thinking

+t the beginning of the independent novel study, three *ey (uestions were as*ed. %ach novel relates to each (uestion. each (uestion introduces a theme. /efore you begin writing, discuss and record your ideas and thoughts about each (uestion, in relation to the novel you have read. How can our lives change in a single moment? What is the impact of regret and guilt on our lives?

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Can we ever atone for the choices we make and regret?

- have chosen''''''' because.

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