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Kite Runner Multicultural Unit Re-do

Kite Runner Multicultural Unit Re-do

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Emily Mullins5-3-09TE 408 BorsheimMulticultural Unit Re-Write
A Critical Look at The Kite Runner
Grade Level: This unit was created with a suburban 11th grade classroom in mind;however, it can be adapted for any high school class.Concept: The concept of this unit is about using critical lenses to change how one readsa certain text. According to Appleman, certain lenses may affect or increase understand-ing, as well as changing our reading of the world through a literary text. Changing the way a text is read will change not only the understanding of the text but also what read-ers get out of it. Most readers interpret texts through a variety of texts each time they read, and there is nothing to say that one is better than another, they are just differentlenses of comprehension.Essential Questions:
 Why should we use critical lenses to look at a text?
 What is the importance of these lenses?
How do they aid in a student’s understanding and interest in a text, literary or otherwise?
How does looking at a text through a different lens affect our understanding?
 What is the importance of reading The Kite Runner through these lenses?
How does the cultural significance of the novel affect the reading of The Kite Runner?
How will the knowledge of these lenses help with future readings?
How can you analyze this text in terms of your own life?
How can you analyze a text “not only from the inside out, but from the outside in?” (Ap-pleman)
 
Rationale: As a multicultural unit using critical lenses as the main focus, The Kite Run-ner is an excellent novel because of its multitude of themes, characters, events, relation-ships, as well as historical and cultural relevance. Using these critical lenses will be agood introduction to the students’ future readings and textual analyses. It will also allow them to be able to critically assess texts surrounding them, other than literary ones. Thiscan include “cultural texts such as music videos, television ads or programs, print ads, billboards, or films” (Appleman). When looking at this multicultural text, students will be able to also take into consideration other viewpoints and perspectives. By encour-aging students to look at texts through varied ‘perspectives’, some they would normally not engage with, students will be able to understand how many different angles texts can be assessed and read. Exposing them to these lenses will foster more critically informed,open-minded, and culturally aware students. For me, this means challenging studentsand starting conversations about cultural and world issues, utilizing multicultural liter-ature. It is important to expose students to texts like The Kite Runner and multiple per-spectives so they can learn and grow to become more critically aware. This will allow students to not be passive members of society, but active thinkers and questioningmembers of society who promote and are capable of change.Each assessment will vary based on the lesson or lens through which they arelooking, but each will aid in helping students to look at the novel, as well as the world ina different context and understanding there is more to reading, than just a surface readthrough their own eyes with blinders on. This unit will help students to remove the blinders which give them tunnel vision. It will force them to dig a little deeper and go beyond a superficial understanding.Objectives: Students will...
Be able to understand the novel in a variety of ways
Gain new insight into the novel
Be able to be critically aware and be able to assess texts that surround them, other than just those of the literary nature
Express their opinions of how they saw the novel or certain aspects of the novel thoughthe lens they are using
 
Be able to see how their viewpoints or opinions might have changed
How certain aspects of the novel fall in and out of focus depending on the lens they areusing
Implement their understanding of lenses in a final summative paper
Understand that even if they are using a lens, it does not necessarily mean they have toagree with that reading
Understand the importance of historical context
 Acknowledge and participate in the use of other lenses/readings
Be able to analyze a textMI State Standards Addressed: 1.1, 1.3, 2.1, 2.3, 3.4Texts Used:
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The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
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Critical Theory Today: A User-Friendly Guide by Lois Tyson
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Critical Encounters in High School English: Teaching Literary Theory to Adolescents by Deborah ApplemanFormative Assessments:
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Literature Circles
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Journals
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Discussion/Participation
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Group Work 
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 Written Responses
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Reading
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Critical thinkingSummative Assessments: At the end of the unit, students will take their knowledge of the different lenses and readings of texts, especially The Kite Runner and complete anin-depth analytical essay from one of the lenses discussed in class and apply it to thetext.

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