Persuasive Folio Piece

A reminder that your next draft is due on Wednesday 15th November.

Any feedback on this draft with be very general as per SQA guidelines, so please ensure you have paid full attention to previous feedback and have made the necessary changes.


The Kite Runner Critical Essay

Hi folks,

The critical essay on the question below is due in Wednesday 25th October 2017.

Choose a novel or short story in which there is a moment of significance for one of the characters.

Explain briefly what the significant moment is and discuss, with reference to appropriate techniques, its significance to the text as a whole.

Here is the PowerPoint we’ve been using in class – I’ve also included a section towards the end on essay writing, with examples, mini exercises, etc. It would be advisable to look at this as you are writing the essay.

Kite Runner Unit

The Kite Runner – Presentations

On Wednesday 4th October YOU are going to be the teacher.

You are going to work in pairs and you need to prepare a
presentation (approx 3 – 5 minutes) to teach the rest of the class about your particular area of analysis.

You can do this on PowerPoint or you can prepare it on paper and we show this on the visualiser or you can prepare it on flip chart paper.  You might want to prepare handouts.

It’s up to you!

But remember – your classmates are DEPENDING on you.


1.The key themes of the novel: Father/Son relationships, guilt, betrayal, forgiveness & redemption Jenna O and Aidan

2.The characterisation of Amir – Joshua and Taelor

3.The characterisation of Hassan – Iain, Campbell and Leighona

4.The characterisation of AssefFraser and Nicole

5.The characterisation of Baba and Rahim Khan – Jenna B and Craig

6.An exploration of the setting: where / when – Sunny and Jack O

7.The motifs / symbols of the novel – Kaitlyn and Jack B

8.Use of imagery throughout the novel – Josh and Dylan

9.Narration – narrative voice, unreliable narrators, reader’s relationship with narrator – Christie and Andrew D

10.2 key moments from Chapters 1 –13 – John, Andrew C, Olivia

11.2 key moments from Chapters 14 – 25 – Sam and Ewan


The Kite Runner – Homework

Hi folks,

For Wednesday 27th September,  please complete the below questions on Chapters 17 and 18, and read up to the end of Chapter 23.

Chapter 17

1.What does Hassan’s letter reveal about Afghanistan?  Himself?

2.Why does Rahim Khan choose to tell Amir of Hassan’s death after he read the letter, rather than before?

3.What simile does Amir use to describe Hassan’s death (p.192) (p.203)?  Why is it effective?

4.‘“I’m thirty-eight years old and I’ve just found out my whole life is one big fucking lie!”’ (p.195) (p.206) What has Amir just found out and how do you react to this revelation?

Chapter 18

1.‘like father, like son’ (p.197) (p.209).  How far is this cliché true in relation to Amir and his Baba?

2.Why is there so much repetition of earlier events and conversations in this chapter?

3.This is a short chapter.  Does this mean that it’s less important than the others?