Today is the beginning of our new unit for Khaled Hosseini’s novel, “The Kite Runner.” This unit is going to transport us to a new country and region – Kabul, Afghanistan. For today’s lesson, each Kite Group will be responsible for following the given links and reading and analyzing information pertaining to, “The History of Afghanistan (1978),” “The history of Kite Running” and “The Afghan music and its connection to the novel.” Each group will then present their findings to the class in a innovative way in order to build context around the novel before we actually begin to read.
Group 1 – The History of Afghanistan (1978)
Target question: What are the major events that shaped current Afghanistan?
Your job is to use the research below to learn about the history of Afghanistan. Using the piece of the kite given to you, your group needs to select one of the following genres to detail the history of Afghanistan:
There will be mentor texts provided for you to help you perfect your chosen genre
Make sure to answer the target question above!
Options for Presentation:
- Create a detailed timeline
- Create a wikipedia page on Afghanistan
- Create a historical fiction narrative on the history of Afghanistan
*You will also need to come up with a 2 minute presentation to teach your peers what you learned*
General History – http://www.afghan-web.com/history/
Government Over Time – http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/bgn/5380.htm
Timeline of Important Events – http://www.historyworld.net/timesearch/default.asp?keywords=taliban+&date=&sort2=&bottomsort=&topsort=&direction=&timelineid=&getyear=&viewtext=extended&conid=timeline&event_number=20
Group 2 – The History of Kite Running:
Target question: What is kite running and how is it an important part of the culture of Afghanistan?
Your job is to use the research below to learn about the history of kite running. Using the piece of the kite given to you, your group needs to pick one of the following to detail the history of kite running: create a comic strip, write a historical fiction narrative or create an advertisement. You will also need to come up with a 2 minute presentation to teach your peers what you learned.
Group 3 – Sami Yusuf’s, “Supplication”:
Target Question: What information can we extract from Yusuf’s song, “Supplication” that would help us better understand some of the central topics and themes that we might encounter when reading “The Kite Runner?”
Your group is responsible for clicking on the following links and listening to Sami Yusef’s song, “Supplication,” which is the final song on “The Kite Runner” soundtrack. After you listen to the song and read the lyrics I want you to answer the following questions:
- What is the tone of the song? How does the tone affect your mood as the listener?
- What topics and themes are presented in the lyrics? What is the message conveyed in this song?
- Why do you think this is the final song of the soundtrack?
Using the 3 questions as inspiration, I want you to present your findings to the class (1-2 minutes long) through a short poem, song, or an interpretive dance that captures the essence and message that the song was conveying while playing Yusuf’s song in the background.
Link to the song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-z2zf8iUJdk
Link to the lyrics: http://www.lyricstime.com/sami-yusuf-supplication-lyrics.html