The Kite Runner – Context Research

Hi folks,

Please have this completed by Wednesday 23rd August. Prompt questions are below:


  • Where is Afghanistan?
  • What is the population of Afghanistan?
  • What are the official languages of Afghanistan?


  • Examine and report on the general history of Afghanistan. Then specifically focus on the 20th and 21st Centuries.

Ethnic groups and religious diversity:

  • How many major ethnic groups are there in Afghanistan?
  • What are the dominant religious groups? What are the key differences between them?
  • What sect do the majority of Muslims belong to in Afghanistan? Has this created any differences between groups?
  • Why are the Pashtuns so influential in Afghanistan?


  • You need to research the troubled history of Afghanistan focusing on the novel’s time setting and influences in the novel (1970s to the year 2002 including the Soviet invasion and the Taliban seizing control).
  • What conflicts have the people of Afghanistan faced since the 1970s?
  • Explain what happened in Kabul in the early 1990s, before the Taliban took control, and how this affected the population.


Skyfall Updated PowerPoint and Critical Essay Feedback

Timed Essay Feedback

Some general feedback on timed essay for climactic scene (individual feedback will be handed in to Mrs King tomorrow:

Overall Strengths

  • Some good analysis in these pieces, giving connotations and what they are used to highlight to the audience.
  • It’s clear you understand the film well, and provide clear knowledge of the characters, plot and techniques used.
  • You are able to comment on how Mendes uses film techniques to convey meaning.

Overall Areas for Development

  • Make sure your introduction refers to the question and the techniques you will discuss.
  • Refer to the question throughout.
  • Stick to ONE technique and example thereof in each paragraph.
  • Work on completing the essay in the allocated time – you should be practising at home.
  • Phrasing can sometimes be confusing – check your work carefully, and read over each paragraph under your breath as you finish them.
  • Use present tense when writing a critical essay, e.g. “Mendes uses…”
  • Always be specific – don’t just say “This shows us about Bond’s past.” WHAT about his past? Tell us!



Skyfall Notes

Hi folks,

Below is a document, which goes through the full film, including detailed notes for analysis – read over it to add to your own notes and understanding of the film.

Skyfall Scene by Scene

I’ve also included the updated PowerPoint we have worked on together, for both the full film and the questions on gender roles.

Skyfall Representation of Gender


Folio Deadline

Folks, a reminder that your discursive pieces should be handed in to me on Friday 17th March.

  • I require both a printed and digital copy.
  • DO NOT staple the printed copy together.
  • It should be in the folio template available on the SQA website
  • It should include your Scottish Candidate number, sources and word count.