G9: The Kite Runner, an Introduction

Dear Parents,

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.


Ms. Barlow


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