1. Warm-up: Brainstorming motifs from The Kite Runner together on the board, then drawing them together to form good discussion questions. Each of you should post your best one on today's blog and then pick one to reply to.
For example, let's say that one of the motifs on the board is violence, and that another is redemption.
You could ask a question like this: Is violence a way of achieving redemption?
Or, you could ask something like this: Can Amir ever find redemption for the violence he allowed to happen to Hassan?
Again, once you've posted your question on the blog, please reply to someone else's question.
2. Returning to the hero's journey: Look over the first page of the Joseph Campbell's hero's journey chart given in class today. With a partner, fill out as much of the first page as you can for The Kite Runner:
- Think "outside the box" a little. For example, there may not be any actual dragon battles in The Kite Runner, but there are battles with monster-like people and ideas.
- Be as specific as possible, citing quotations or at least page numbers whenever possible.
- Stay in the middle column (the column on the right will be used later).
- Don't worry if every single step doesn't apply; you can leave a couple of boxes blank if they don't work.
3. Starting Chapter 14 together, if time allows
1. Finish reading and annotating Chapters 14, 15, and 16 in The Kite Runner.
2. Leaders and discussers need to be prepared for tomorrow's fishbowl discussion.