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The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

Pixton Lesson Plan on The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

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When students complete the activities in this lesson plan, they will use the following comic layout types.

  • Character Map
  • Plot Diagram
  • Mind Map
  • Storyboard
  • Graphic Novel
  • Poster

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Pixton Lesson Plan on The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
This free, printable Pixton lesson plan brings historical fiction to life with comics and storyboards.
This free, printable Pixton lesson plan brings historical fiction to life with comics and storyboards.

Main Characters

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

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  • Amir from The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
    Amir

    The narrator and protagonist

  • Baba from The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
    Baba

    Amir's father, considered a hero and leader in Kabul

  • Hassan from The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
    Hassan

    Amir's friend and servant

  • Sohrab from The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
    Sohrab

    Hassan's son, excellent with a sling shot

  • Rahim Khan from The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
    Rahim Khan

    Baba's best friend and business partner, a father figure to Amir

  • Assef from The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
    Assef

    A Kabul bully who ends up joining the Taliban

  • Soraya from The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
    Soraya

    Amir's wife

  • Ali from The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
    Ali

    Hassan's father and Baba’s servant

  • General Sahib from The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
    General Sahib

    A friend of Baba's in America; father to Soraya.

  • Khala Taheri from The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
    Khala Taheri

    General Taheri’s wife and Soraya’s mother

  • Farid from The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
    Farid

    The taxi driver who takes Amir back to Afghanistan

  • Raymond Andrews from The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
    Raymond Andrews

    The official at the US Embassy in Pakistan

  • Zaman from The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
    Zaman

    The director of the orphanage in Kabul

  • Kamal from The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
    Kamal

    A childhood follower of Assef

  • Wali from The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
    Wali

    A childhood follower of Assef

  • Farzana from The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
    Farzana

    Hassan's wife and Sohrab's mother

  • Sanaubar from The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
    Sanaubar

    Hassan's mother

  • Kaka Sharif from The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
    Kaka Sharif

    Soraya's uncle

  • Dr. Armand Faruqi from The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
    Dr. Armand Faruqi

    The surgeon who tends to Amir's injuries after being beaten by Assef

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The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

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Teacher Guide

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

Step 1Class discussion with students
  • Have students brainstorm what they know about Muslim culture. Record answers on a mind map. Then talk to students about truth versus stereotypes (a number of terrorist stereotypes are likely to come up, depending on the group of students).

  • Generate a discussion around this question: “When a child is not getting the love they need from a parent, how do they react?” Think about small children as well as children their own age.

  • Another discussion question: “When people do something wrong, and they feel guilty about it, what are some ways that they deal with that?” After brainstorming general responses, ask the students to give personal responses as well.
Step 2Pixton comic-making activities
  • Make a Character Map
    Character Map

    Start at the beginning of the novel, and make additions throughout the unit.

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  • Make a Plot Diagram
    Conflict and Plot

    Complete at the end of the novel.

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  • Make a Mind Map or Storyboard
    Major Themes

    Complete at the end of the novel.

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  • Extension / Modification
    Graphic Novel (Extension / Modification)

    Create a shortGraphic Novel using 1 panel to represent each chapter (25 total).

  • Extension / Modification
    Poster (Extension / Modification)

    Create a Poster as an alternate book cover for the novel The Kite Runner.

Step 3Concluding discussion with students
  • What role does religion play in the lives of the main characters?

  • How do relationships between fathers and sons affect the events of this novel?

  • What ideas / lessons can we take from this novel and apply to our own society?
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Pixton Activity: The Kite Runner 1 Character Map

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  • Character Map

Intro

Understanding characterization is an important skill that will help reinforce key attributes of the novel's characters, and help create connections with the plot and theme. The characteristics that make up the protagonist and other characters help shape the outcome of the narrative. Novels often contain “Foil Characters” whose main values differ from that of the protagonist.

Instructions

Choose three of your favorite characters from the novel The Kite Runner and create a Character Map for each one.

  • Make sure to include a protagonist and a foil character among your selection.
  • It's important to add sufficient detail to all the parts of the map.
  • Include an appropriate illustration based on the character's attributes that are outlined in the novel.

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

Rubric: Character Map

Use this interactive rubric for easy, thorough assessment. It can even be used by students for self-assessment!

5 4 3 2 1
Overview The character map is thoughtful; descriptions are detailed and informative. The character map is fully developed; accurate details and insightful descriptions. The character map is complete; descriptions are simple and settings are accurate. The character map includes basic details, but is not fully developed. The character map does not accurately reflect the characters.
Meaning Ideas, information and use of detail • strong point of view
• summary is clear and highly detailed
• descriptions are thoughtful and highly developed
• significant details that make characters unique and dynamic
• relevant ideas with consistent analysis
• summary is clear and accurate
• logical descriptions that clarify and develop the idea
• characters are similar; includes relevant details
• relevant ideas with some analysis
• summary is short, but accurate
• descriptions are simple and consistent
• characters similar to description
• some relevant ideas
• summary has several errors
• descriptions are brief and lack detail
• characters vaguely looks like description
• often very brief
• summary is has significant errors
• descriptions are difficult to follow
• characters do not look like description
Style Clarity, variety, impact of visuals and language • language is clear, varied
• flows smoothly; variety in sentences
• images and characters are fully developed; high attention to detail
• language is clear with some variety
• includes a variety of sentence lengths and patterns
• images and characters have purpose and significance
• language is clear with little variety
• basic sentence structures with a few variations
• images and characters are basic, but have purpose
• basic language; vague at times
• repeats a few basic sentence structures
• images and characters have minimal development
• vague, incorrect and repetitive language
• poorly constructed sentences; little variety
• images and characters are poorly developed
Form Organization and sequence • proper organization
• panels are thoughtful and detailed
• all panels are organized or logical
• all panels are present
• most panels are organized or logical
• all panels are present
• some panels are organized or logical
• some panels may be missing
• panels are not organized or logical
• panels are missing
Conventions The text demonstrates standard English conventions of usage and mechanics • demonstrates precise English conventions
• uses eloquent words, rich sensory language and mood to convey a realistic picture
• demonstrates precise English conventions
• uses precise words, controlled sensory language and mood to convey a realistic picture
• demonstrates standard English conventions
• uses words and phrases, telling details and sensory language to convey a vivid picture
• demonstrates some accuracy in standard English conventions of usage and mechanics • contains multiple inaccuracies in Standard English conventions of usage and mechanics
Total
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Pixton Activity: The Kite Runner 2 Conflict and Plot

Featured Layouts

  • Plot Diagram

Instructions

Summarize The Kite Runner in a six-panel Plot Diagram.

  • Include a brief description and an illustration for each point of the plot diagram (exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, denouement), as well as for the main conflict.

  • Be sure to identify the key points that are essential in defining each specific act.

  • Think about relevant quotes that could be used to help create meaning in each panel.

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

Rubric: Conflict and Plot

Use this interactive rubric for easy, thorough assessment. It can even be used by students for self-assessment!

5 4 3 2 1
Overview The plot diagram is focused, with advanced use of language/ideas. The plot diagram is accurate, well developed, with consistent use of details. The plot diagram is complete and accurate; lacks consistent use of specific details. The plot diagram is basic; has several errors,or lacks detail. The plot diagram is inaccurate and difficult to follow.
Meaning Ideas, information and use of detail • strong point of view
• summary is clear and highly detailed
• descriptions are thoughtful and highly developed
• relevant ideas with consistent analysis
• summary is clear and accurate
• logical descriptions that clarify and develop the idea
• relevant ideas with some analysis
• summary is short, but accurate
• descriptions are simple and consistent
• some relevant ideas
• summary has several errors
• descriptions are brief and lack detail
• often very brief
• summary is has significant errors
• descriptions are difficult to follow
Style Clarity, variety, impact of visuals and language • varies language to develop meaning
• varies sentence structure for effect
• images and characters have impact on the meaning of the panel
• language is clear with some variety
• varies sentence structure
• makes attempts to use descriptive language
• images and characters have purpose and significance
• language is clear with little variety
• basic sentence structure with a few variations
• images and characters are basic, but have purpose
• basic language; vague at times
• some variety in sentence length and type
• images and characters have minimal development
• vague, incorrect and repetitive language
• poorly constructed sentences; little variety
• images and characters are poorly developed
Form Organization and sequence (beginning, middle, end) • proper organization
• sequence is highly effective and has purpose
• all panels are thoughtful and detailed
• all panels are organized or logical
• logical sequence
• all panels are present
• most panels are organized or logical
• consistent attention to sequence
• all panels are present
• some panels are organized or logical
• some attention to sequence
• some panels may be missing
• panels are not organized or logical
• no attention to sequence
• panels are missing
Conventions The text demonstrates standard English conventions of usage and mechanics • demonstrates precise English conventions
• uses eloquent words, rich sensory language and mood to convey a realistic picture
• demonstrates precise English conventions
• uses precise words, controlled sensory language and mood to convey a realistic picture
• demonstrates standard English conventions
• uses words and phrases, telling details and sensory language to convey a vivid picture
• demonstrates some accuracy in standard English conventions of usage and mechanics • contains multiple inaccuracies in Standard English conventions of usage and mechanics
Total

Example Plot Diagram

Conflict and Plot in “The Kite Runner” by Student

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Conflict and Plot in “Cinderella” by Pixton
ExpositionCinderella lives a humble life with her father, and is very happy. However, soon after taking a new wife, Cinderella's father passes away. Main ConflictWith her new husband now deceased, Lady Tremaine and her two daughters take over the house. Rather than welcoming Cinderella into the family, they make her a servant and treat her cruelly. Rising ActionThe Prince, looking to get married, announces there will be a ball for all the ladies in the kingdom to attend. Cinderella plans to go but her stepsisters ruin her dress. As she sits in tears, her fairy godmother appears and gives her everything she needs for a grand experience at the ball. But there is a catch; at midnight, everything will return to how it was before. ClimaxCinderella enters the ballroom and immediately catches Prince Charming's eye. After a night of dancing, the two are in love. Cinderella loses track of time, however, and when the clock strikes midnight, she flees from the ball. Prince Charming is left with nothing but her glass slipper. Falling ActionThe prince is determined to find the mysterious woman from the ball. He sends his men to visit every household in the kingdom and have them try on the glass slipper. The woman whom the shoe fits will be the new princess. DenouementAt last, Cinderella gets a chance to try on the glass slipper and it fits perfectly. Prince Charming knows she is the one he fell in love with at the ball. He rescues her from her wicked stepfamily and they live happily ever after.
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Pixton Activity: The Kite Runner 3 Major Themes

Featured Layouts

  • Mind Map
  • Storyboard

Intro

Three major themes in The Kite Runner are:

  • Betrayal and Redemption
  • Forgiveness
  • Social Class and Ethnic Tensions

Instructions

For each major theme, identify at least two examples in the novel and depict them in a Mind Map or Storyboard:

  • Identify the chapter number in the panel title
  • Create an image that summarizes the scene
  • Formulate a brief description of how the example fits the theme
  • In a final panel, briefly describe how the theme causes the reader to reflect

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

Rubric: Major Themes

Use this interactive rubric for easy, thorough assessment. It can even be used by students for self-assessment!

5 4 3 2 1
Overview The theme is highly developed; examples have significant purpose and are highly detailed. The theme is well developed; examples are specific and provide ample support. The theme is briefly discussed; examples are accurate but not fully explained. The theme is poorly discussed; vague or irrelevant examples. The theme is not identified; lacks any supporting examples.
Meaning Ideas, information and use of detail • strong point of view
• develops ideas clearly and logically with details, examples, and descriptions
• relevant ideas with consistent analysis
• logical descriptions or examples clarify and develop the ideas
• relevant ideas with some analysis
• examples or descriptions are simple and consistent
• few relevant ideas
• examples or descriptions may be poorly developed or illogical
• ideas are not developed
• few details or descriptions
Style Clarity, variety, impact of visuals and language • language is clear, varied
• flows smoothly; variety in sentences
• images and characters are fully developed; high attention to detail
• language is clear with some variety
• includes a variety of sentence lengths and patterns
• images and characters have purpose and significance
• language is clear with little variety
• basic sentence structures with a few variations
• images and characters are basic, but have purpose
• basic language; vague at times
• repeats a few basic sentence structures
• images and characters have minimal development
• vague, incorrect and repetitive language
• poorly constructed sentences; little variety
• images and characters are poorly developed
Form Organization and sequence • proper organization
• examples are properly referenced
• panels are thoughtful and detailed
• all panels are organized or logical
• examples are properly referenced
• all panels are present
• most panels are organized or logical
• examples are properly referenced
• all panels are present
• some panels are organized or logical
• examples are not/improperly referenced
• some panels may be missing
• panels are not organized or logical
• examples are not referenced
• panels are missing
Conventions The text demonstrates standard English conventions of usage and mechanics • demonstrates precise English conventions
• uses eloquent words, rich sensory language and mood to convey a realistic picture
• demonstrates precise English conventions
• uses precise words, controlled sensory language and mood to convey a realistic picture
• demonstrates standard English conventions
• uses words and phrases, telling details and sensory language to convey a vivid picture
• demonstrates some accuracy in standard English conventions of usage and mechanics • contains multiple inaccuracies in Standard English conventions of usage and mechanics
Total

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