Thursday, September 12, 2013

September 13, 2013: What's Happening in English 10?

Focus: Why does Khaled Hosseini include the violent scene in Chapter 7?

1. Warm-up: Reviewing List 2 vocabulary words independently or with a partner (5 min); handing back your List 1 quizzes

2. Taking the List 2 SAT vocabulary quiz

3. Relaxing into your independent reading books

4. Approaching the violence of Chapter 7 of The Kite Runner; either writing about or discussing Chapter 7 while keeping the following in mind:

“Violence is one of the most personal and even intimate acts between human beings, but it can also be cultural and societal in its implications.  It can be symbolic, thematic, biblical, Shakespearean…Violence in real life just is.  If someone punches you in the nose in a supermarket parking lot, it’s simply aggression…Violence in literature, though, while it is literal, is usually also something else.  That same punch in the nose may be a metaphor.”  --Foster, How to Read Literature Like a Professor

  • What might the violence in Chapter 7 represent on a larger scale? Think about the world of Afghanistan and how it's starting to change in these chapters.

  • What other stories does this scene of violence make you think of? Can those connections help you understand the nature of the rape in Chapter 7?

  • Why this sort of violence and not some other?  For example, why not just have Assef beat up Hassan?

1. Spend 30 minutes with your independent reading book.

2. Start reading and annotating Chapters 9 and 10 to prepare for Wednesday's fishbowl discussion.

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