PreK-12th Grade Resources for
Khaled Hosseinis The Kite Runner
ONE BOOK ONE BUCKS COUNTY 2006A Project of the Bucks County Free Library1
About the One Book One Bucks County project.The "One Book" initiative is a nationwide effort to broaden and deepen an appreciation of literature. The intent is to bring people of all backgrounds and ages together to foster unity and literacy through sharing books and discussing the important issues raised by their reading. For the second year of this program in Bucks County, the Bucks County Free Library has chosen the novel, The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini. During April 2006, the library and its partners will be sponsoring discussion groups, film showings, workshops, exhibits, panel discussions, lectures, and many other programs related to the novel and its themes. Secondary schools are asked to include the reading and discussion of The Kite Runner in their classrooms where appropriate so Bucks County teens will be active participants in this project. Elementary and Middle Schools are asked to use this resource guide to begin discussions of the themes of The Kite Runner with their students. Copies of the book are available for borrowing at all Bucks County public libraries and at many school libraries.
The Kite Runner and younger children.While adults may have concerns about sharing the specific content and some of the themes of The Kite Runner with younger children many of its themes are highly appropriate, and in fact, important, for sharing with children. This resource guide has been prepared by librarians, teachers, and literacy professionals from Bucks County in order to provide appropriate materials, websites, and activities that are based on the themes in the book for preschoolers through twelfth graders so they may also share in the One Book One Bucks experience.
Preschool-12th Grade Resources for
The Kite Runner
About the One Book One Bucks County Project The Kite Runner and Younger Children About this resource guide About Khaled Hosseini About The Kite Runner The Kite Runner programming resources KITES Kite Facts Booklist Bookmark Template Library Program Preschool Classroom Lessons Grades K-4 Parent-Child Activities AFGHANISTAN AND THE MIDDLE EAST Booklist and Web Resources School Library/Public Library Cooperative Program Classroom Lesson Grades K-4 Classroom Lesson Grades 5-9 Classroom Lesson Grades 10-12 Parent-Child Activities IMMIGRATION Booklist Bookmark Template Library Program Family Storytime Lesson Plans and Curriculum Support Resources Parent-Child Activities
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FRIENDSHIP Booklist Bookmark Template School Library/Public Library Cooperative Program Lesson Plans and Curriculum Support Resources Parent-Child Activities
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This guide and a calendar of events for the One Book One Bucks County project can be found at http://www.buckslib.org.
About this resource guide.
This guide is intended to aid librarians, teachers, community leaders, and parents in using Kite Runner-based themes in their libraries, classrooms, centers, and homes. Because these environments vary widely, the guide must, of necessity, be somewhat general, offering adults the opportunity to adapt the ideas to their specific needs. Although there are many themes worthy of discussion in The Kite Runner four were chosen for this guide. There will be overlap between the topics so several of them may be used together to create an entire program. All books included are available at libraries throughout Bucks County and the activities require little or no money. We hope that librarians, teachers, community leaders, and parents in our area will participate in this project by doing the following: read the book! promote the reading of The Kite Runner to teenagers and adults incorporate the themes into lessons or activities with younger children
The Bucks County Free Library in cooperation with the Bucks County Intermediate Unit and VITA is providing this resource guide for librarians/teachers/community leaders/parents to use. Any part of the guide may be reproduced for educational purposes. The guide is also available online at http://www.buckslib.org.
About Khaled Hosseini.
The oldest of five children, Khaled Hosseini was born in 1965 in Kabul, Afghanistan. Hosseinis father was a diplomat and when posted to the Afghan Embassy in Paris in 1976 moved with his entire family. Political asylum was granted to the Hosseini family by the United States in 1980 following the 1978 coup and Russian invasion of Afghanistan. Hosseini has lived in California since then. He is currently an internist and is married with two children.
About The Kite Runner.(from Penguin Group Reading Guide http://www.penguinputnam.com/static/rguides/us/kite_runner.html) Khaled Hosseini's stunning debut novel The Kite Runner follows a young boy, Amir, as he faces the challenges that confront him on the path to manhoodtesting friendships, finding love, cheating death, accepting faults, and gaining understanding. Living in Afghanistan in the 1960s, Amir enjoys a life of privilege that is shaped by his brotherly friendship with Hassan, his servant's son. Amir lives in constant want of his father's attention, feeling that he is a failure in his father's eyes. Hassan, on the other hand, seems to be able to do no wrong. Their friendship is a complex tapestry of love, loss, privilege, and shame. Striving to be the son his father always wanted, Amir takes on the weight of living up to unrealistic expectations and places the fate of his relationship with his father on the outcome of a kite running tournament, a popular challenge in which participants must cut down the kites of others with their own kite. Amir wins the tournament. Yet just as he begins to feel that all will be right in the world, a tragedy occurs with his friend Hassan in a back alley on the very streets where the boys once played. This moment marks a turning point in Amir's lifeone whose memory he seeks to bury by moving to America. There he realizes his dream of becoming a writer and marries for love but the memory of that fateful day will prove too strong to forget. Eventually it draws Amir back to Afghanistan to right the wrongs that began that day in the alley and continued in the days, months, and years that followed.
Kite FactsKites made from split bamboo and silk were flown as early as 1000 B.C. in China. Ancient Polynesian fishermen made simple kites from a leaf and a few sticks. Launched over the water, the kite could carry a fishing line with a bone hook far out into the deep water, improving their catch. In Thailand there is a kite-fighting tournament each March. There are two sides to the playing field. On one side, a large, human-shaped kite called a chula is launched. On the other side are five diamond-shaped kites called pakpao. On each pakpao is a loop of string. On each chula are six long barbs. Each side tries to ensnare the other. In India, kite fighting takes place at the Winter Solstice. Small diamond-shaped kites are made of bamboo and tissue paper. The purpose is to saw through other peoples kite strings. To increase their advantage, some of the kites have ground glass glued to the upper part of the kite string. Roman soldiers flew dragon-shaped windsocks as they marched into battle. The windsocks told the archers which way the wind was blowing. They also frightened the enemy as they writhed and slithered overhead. Ben Franklin, as we all know, flew a kite to experiment with electricity. When the bridge was built over the Niagara Falls between Canada and the United States, a kite carried the first cable across the gorge. In England in 1853 George Cayley put two kites together to develop a glider. He launched it with his coachman on board. This was the first manned flight that went a reasonable distance. The shape of the Wright Brothers airplane was based on a box kite. When inventor Gugliermo Marconi planned a radio transmission from England to Canada, he used a kite to raise his antenna. This information is taken from The Great Kite Book, by Norman Schmidt. [Sterling, 1997.]
Kite Runner related resources for children and teens Nonfiction Books: About Kites Kite Runner related resources for children and teens Nonfiction Books: About Kites J 629.133 D Demi Kites: Magic Wishes that Fly Up to the Sky This picture book combines information about kites with an intriguing fictional story of how kites might have originated. J 629.113 E Maxwell, Eden The Magnificent Book of Kites: Explorations in Design, Construction, Enjoyment, and Flight Everything you wanted to know about kites and more! (See the shelf locations J 629.133 and J 796.15 for more titles) Fiction Books: About Kites Berenstain, Stan The Berenstain Bears and the Big Red Kite The famous bears are back in this easy reading kite adventure. Compestine, Ying Chang The Story of Kites Picture book tale of how the first kites were created in China also includes directions for kite making and flying. Emmett, Jonathan Someone Bigger Even though Jonathans kite is really big, he turns out to be just the right size.
Kite Runner related resources for children and teens Nonfiction Books: About Kites J 629.133 D Demi Kites: Magic Wishes that Fly Up to the Sky This picture book combines information about kites with an intriguing fictional story of how kites might have originated. J 629.113 E Maxwell, Eden The Magnificent Book of Kites: Explorations in Design, Construction, Enjoyment, and Flight Everything you wanted to know about kites and more! (See the shelf locations J 629.133 and J 796.15 for more titles) Fiction Books: About Kites Berenstain, Stan The Berenstain Bears and the Big Red Kite The famous bears are back i