• Is it ever appropriate or necessary to remain a silent bystander when someone is being hurt (physically or emotionally)?
• Is it possible to atone (make amends) for our wrongdoings?
• Do we have an obligation to be loyal and truthful to our friends and family members?
*To what extent does our past shape our identity?
Downloadables and Media Links
Strunk & White: the elements of style
Click on book cover.
This is a link to a classic writing refence book used in colleges and high schools to support higher level writing. Please read and use whenever you are inventing and composing a writing assignment and you have a question about grammar or mechanics.
Responsibilities and Requirements 2017-2018
->While reading, keep your Study Guide Questions nearby to complete as you read. The purpose of these questions is to check for comprehension and will be checked randomly throughout the unit.
->You will be required to keep a Dialectical Journal based upon specific focus questions. These will be used to develop your end of unit creative project. This will be counted towards your and will be assessed for quality NOT just quantity.
->Reading Assessments and Pop-Quizzes will be both announced AND unannounced. Going to the nurse, bathroom, Guidance or any other issue is not reason enough to NOT take a quiz. You have been forewarned.
->In preparation for the end of the year research paper, we will begin practicing the research process by creating a Position Paper Annotated Bibliography . Part of this assignment will entail making Note Cards.
->This unit will culminate in a major writing assignment: the Critical Lens Essay.
Abbreviations for Assignments
-Keep up with Kite Runner Dialectical Journal entries (DJ)
-Produce Position Paper Research Notecards on assigned due dates (RN)
-Complete Position Paper Annotated Bibliography by assigned due date (October 20, 2017) (AB)
-Complete Critical Lens Paper (Unit 1 Summative Assessment) by assigned due date (October 29, 2017) (SA)
Khaled Hosseini- Author's Website
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Please peruse Hosseini's page. There are many links to his home-life, his reviews and press, additional information about The Kite Runner and his other major work, A Thousand Splendid Suns.
Google Earth - GoogleLitTrips - The Kite Runner
Click on the image at left to go to Google Earth's Google LitTrips. This interactive site will take you on Amir's journey from Afghanistan to America and back again.
Afghanistan Specific Resources
TEDTalks: Ideas Worth Spreading
When Jungian analyst Inge Missmahl visited Afghanistan, she saw the inner wounds of war -- widespread despair, trauma and depression. And yet, in this county of 30 million people, there were only two dozen psychiatrists. Missmahl talks about her work helping to build the country's system of psychosocial counseling, promoting both individual and, perhaps, national healing.
National Geographic-Afghanistan Guide
Click the magazine cover to the left to go to the National Geographic Society's guide to Afghanistan.
Amnesty International: Afghanistan
Click on logo.
"Amnesty International is a global movement of more than 3 million supporters, members and activists in more than 150 countries and territories who campaign to end grave abuses of human rights.
Our vision is for every person to enjoy all the rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international human rights standards.
We are independent of any government, political ideology, economic interest or religion and are funded mainly by our membership and public donations." - Amnesty International
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