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April 12, 2013

Your Kite Project was due today.  Those of you who did not hand it in today only have until Monday to hand it in as the end of term is next week.

Today we passed around 5 discussion topics that will become your in-class write topics on Tuesday. The topics were:

  • Is Amir a selfish character?  Does he redeem himself?
  • Can you bury the past or will it come back to haunt you?
  • Our childhood experiences determine who we become.
  • betrayal and redemption
  • Hero of The Kite Runner? Amir or Hassan?

Don’t forget that for your in-class write you may use any notes you have in your binder as well as your novel.  You may also work on these topics over the weekend so that you will be prepared with ideas to respond to the write options.  You will only write on ONE of the topics.

Up next will be speeches and The Crucible.

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In-class write and Quotation Journal assignment

Don’t forget that Thursday your Quotation Journals are due and you will be doing an in-class write.  You may use your novel and any notes you have in your notebook.  You will have time for some editing and peer review during our next class.

The writing topics ask you to consider a theme from the novel and how it is developed.  There is one about language and communication, one about perceptions, one about organization… hmmm… is that enough hints?

Remember to avoid just summarizing the story – you want to discuss the theme and how it is carried throughout the novel.  You will want to use specific examples to support your points.

November 26, 2012

We are quickly approaching the end of the novel.  Be sure that you are keeping up with the reading schedule and working on your quotation journal.  You want to start thinking about the “why” of this novel.  Why did we read it?  Why is it an important piece of literature?  What did we learn?  What connections do I make between the novel and my experiences/other learning?  These questions will be important to consider for your in-class write at the end of the unit.