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Welcome to 10th Grade English with Mr. Polish!  Our class will meet every Thursday from 10:30 – 11:30 am and your attendance there is required.  Because we only meet one day a week, it is important that you maintain communication with me by e-mail if you are having any issues with me, school, or the work.  My e-mail is and I check it every day so expect me to get back to you no more than 24 hours after you have messaged me.

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The Kite Runner Maps Assignment

Fill out the following three charts for Chapters 14 - 25 of The Kite Runner.

First, write down and describe each new character in the character chart (the narrator can also be a character).  You will also need to add information whenever we learn more about one of the main characters.  There should always be new information to add!

Under theme, write down each important theme you come across.  Themes are message/ideas in the story, such as “family ties” or “the effects of prejudice”.  Always write down a quote (with the page number) that represents this theme.  Make sure to explain each quote in at least two sentences.  You must find at least eight quotes per section.

Finally, summarize each section in no less than 20 sentences.


The Kite Runner Club Projects

People form book clubs to meet new people, socialize, share a good book and explore issues in literature.  Because we are a small group of people reading books together, we might as well form a book club!

In this book club, your job is to create a simple presentation of your assigned chapter(s) for your classmates.  In this presentation, you must create a powerpoint/word document in which you

  1. Summarize your assigned chapter(s).
  2. Explain the main theme of your chapter(s) in at least 5 sentences.
  3. Come up with an Essential Question to ask the class based on this theme. An essential question is a question without a right or wrong answer and can therefore lead to a discussion.  For instance, “Is there a God?” is an essential question while “What does it say on page 111 of the Koran?” is not.
    1. Essential questions are universally applicable and can be answered by anybody, even if they have not read the book. In other words, do not directly refer to the book in any of your questions.  Additionally, do not use the word “you” in any of your questions as that limits their universality.
  4. Come up with 2 Sub-Questions to make sure that your discussion lasts at least 5 minutes. Sub-questions are similar to the essential question, but are more specific and reveal the opinions of the different group members.  For instance, if the Essential Question is “Who is responsible for the Jewish Holocaust?” a good Sub-Question would be “How should Jews be compensated for their losses?”
  5. Come up with 1 Devil’s Advocate Question that reflects a contrarian point of view and forces the group to think about their assumptions. For instance, if the subject were the Holocaust, a Devil’s Advocate Question would be something like “Why should people today have to pay for crimes of the past?”
  6. Create a word/powerpoint document with all of this information and send it to your teacher at by 6 PM Wednesday.
  7. Print your powerpoint/word document and give it to me at the beginning of the period.
  8. Come to class Thursday prepared to stand up in front of class, present your work and lead a discussion based on your questions.
    1. Not coming to class prepared to do your book club will lead to the automatic deduction of two grades on the project. As with all assignments, the later you turn it in, the less points you get.


The Kite Runner FINAL DRAFT Essay

How does prejudice and intolerance divide societies?  Using specific examples from The Kite Runner, write a five paragraph essay explaining how Amir and Hassan represent the divisions in Afghan society, and how these divisions affect the courses their lives take.  Be sure to cite no less than six quotes from the book to support your analysis. 


Notebooks due Thursday with 2 RAPs (3 sentences) and 1 journal (10 sentences) and notes from every day of class.

Journal Assignment: Should children have to atone for the sins of their parents?

EXTRA CREDIT JOURNAL:  What did you like this semester?  What did you dislike?

RAP 1:  Is Baba a good father? Why/why not?

RAP 2:  Does Amir find a "way to be good again"?