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March 25, 2013

I hope everyone had a restful spring break.  I know I enjoyed some pleasure reading – I managed to read four books on my holiday to Arizona.

Now that we have returned you will find these last few months fly by.  You will also feel your graduation fast approaching.  Now is the time to dedicate yourself to the best possible work you can do.

You should be reading beyond chapter 14 of The Kite Runner now and you should also be considering options for your kite assignment. (a copy of the assignment is on the Handouts page)

Today we had a reading quiz and then considered some discussion questions in our book club groups.  Be sure you can comfortably discuss all of the questions.  Next class we will be working on a found poem using the novel.

March 1, 2013

We are working our way through The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini.  On Wednesday, we read chapter 7 together.  This is a turning point in the novel, and explains the opening paragraph of the book as well as Amir’s life after “the winter of 1975.”  We had some very meaningful and thoughtful discussion after reading.  I really appreciated people’s honesty and willingness to share their reactions.  This was not an easy chapter to read.

You should all have your blog post complete – the one where you wrote about a quotation from the novel.  Don’t forget that you need to respond to at least three of your classmates’ posts.

Today we formed book club style groups and discussed 8 topics related to what we have read so far.  You also completed an exit slip about your reactions to the novel or about one of the discussion topics from today.  Remember, even though you did not have to answer these discussion topics like questions – you want to make some notes that you can refer to later.  A copy of the discussion topics is on the handouts page.

I also posted, on the handouts page, a glossary of Farsi terms used in the novel.  This is handy for terms you are not able to decode contextually.