Kite Runner Novel and Literary Analysis Essay Unit

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This unit includes 39 days of multiple-slide Power Point presentations that each makes up a daily lesson plan complete with a warm up (called "Do Now"), reading, a lesson, and a Wrap Up. I created this unit using backwards design to ensure that the lessons throughout the unit prepare the students to write a literary analysis of the novel by the end of the unit. The teaching of the literary analysis essay is scaffolded out over several class periods to ensure that even reluctant writers know how to begin, organize, and write their essay.It also has students gathering textual evidence over the course of the reading of the novel so that when it comes time to write, they have 20 quotes that speak to their essay topic in an envelope waiting to be used. The Power Point presentations walk the teacher as well as the students through each day's lessons. I use these in my classes everyday, and they greatly help to keep me as well as my students all on the same page. At the top of every slide, there is an objective for the day based on the Common Core standards, an agenda listing everything we will do that day, a list of the standards that are addressed in that day's lesson, and the number of the day of the unit (1-39). They also provide visuals where applicable, include step-by-step instructions for every assignment, and Criteria for Success for written assignments. Whenever a handout is referenced, those are included as Word documents as well. For some assignments, I just mapped out right on Power Point how students are to do it, so the slides will serve as the assignment sheet and they can complete the assignment right on white-lined paper. Only two small handouts I did not include because of copyright - one is easily found via Google by typing in "UDHR vs Taliban" and the other was just a quick vocab assignment which you could replace with any vocab you normally teach or by googling vocab for Kite Runner.The unit thoroughly teaches students to analyze the text for mood, plot, thematic idea, character, theme, the three levels of reading, and diction, as well as teaching them MLA style, how to write a thematic statement and a thesis statement, organizing and outlining an essay, and all of the skills that go into writing a literary analysis essay. I have tried to make everything as user friendly as possible in the hope that you can just open the slides and use them with your students. I saved everything as power point and word documents instead of PDFs so that you have the power to edit anything you may want to change to fit the needs of your classes and/or students. I have slides for the first 39 days of the unit with the understanding that I then bring the kids to a computer lab to type out their essay which would be Days 40 and 41, or however many class periods you decide to give them. Each lesson was designed for a class period of approximately 55 minutes, but can easily be cut down or extended where necessary. If you are not teaching Kite Runner specifically, the unit could also be used as a guide for teaching a novel, scaffolding up to a literary analysis essay, and for incorporating text chunking, dialectical journals, jigsawing, and many other activators to help kids get involved in the class and the reading.
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2 Months

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Kite Runner Novel and Literary Analysis Essay Unit
Kite Runner Novel and Literary Analysis Essay Unit
Kite Runner Novel and Literary Analysis Essay Unit
Kite Runner Novel and Literary Analysis Essay Unit