I am excited to share with you that Grade 9 is now starting their first unit of the year on The Kite Runner, a novel by Khaled Hosseini. I taught this book for the first time two years ago and it has quickly become a favorite of students!
Through the book we encounter many themes such as friendship, prejudice, immigration, growing up, dealing with trauma, and father/son relationships. One of my favorite aspects is the fact that most of it is set in Afghanistan; through the book we are able to experience Afghanistan. Since we can’t really visit Afghanistan ourselves, this book is a beautiful window into the culture and teaches us how to empathize with a people we only read about in the news. It is inspiring on many levels and I can’t wait to dive into it with the class!
Click on this link to find the overview for the unit: Kite Overview
Additionally, the students will be doing an introductory webquest as a way to learn some background about Afghanistan. Here you can read along with us and learn about Afghanistan: BBC Website on Afghanistan.