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.


Critical Essay Help

For those of you still panicking about writing critical essays, here’s a copy of the Critical Essay Masterclass PowerPoint we went over in class.

Critical Essay Masterclass

Below is also a selection of exemplar critical essays/paragraphs to help see the standards we are looking for:

model essay – Animal Farm

PEE paragraph for CE

Black Mirror Exemplar

And a last minute checklist for any essays you are practising:

Critical Essay Self Assessment

AND some example prose questions for ‘The Kite Runner’:

Higher Prose CE Questions



  • Skyfall revision on climactic scene for timed essay – Monday 4th January. The essay will be written during that day’s lesson. 
  • Creative folio first draft – Tuesday 5th January
  • Liz Lochhead/The Kite Runner revision – ongoing

Your prelim is very soon, so you need to squeeze these in between all the eating and watching rubbish TV.

The Kite Runner Homework

Afternoon dears,

Just a reminder of the homework you need complete over the holidays, due MONDAY 26TH OCTOBER:

  • Read up to Chapter 17 (page 198)
  • Complete your chapter questions for Chapters 7-16
  • Complete the hand-out on Chapter 9
  • Plan and write the critical essay below, using the feedback given in class and the next post to improve your work.

Choose from a novel or short story an incident in which a character makes a decision which you consider unexpected or unwise or unworthy.

Explain the circumstances surrounding the decision and discuss its importance to your understanding of character and them in the text as a whole.