Using Khaled Hosseini's The Kite Runner as textual evidence, students are prompted in this unit to generate an original thesis regarding Afghan culture, American immigration, or prevalent literary themes, creating an expository essays and literary responses that deviate from a cookie-cutter formula. This download contains a 1-page overview of the literary response prompt, including three possible avenues for students' responses, stipulations for MLA style, deadlines for each draft, and a thorough explanation of the dialectical quotation journal along with examples of text evidence and possible reader analysis; a 4-page model essay regarding the role of karma in the novel; a 3-page model essay regarding the conflict between modernism and traditionalism in Afghanistan; and a 1-page literary response 4-point rubric for summative assessment of the final draft. SEE THE FREE DOWNLOAD FOR THE FIRST PAGE OF ONE MODEL ESSAY. Also check out my other materials for grammar and mechanics, literary units, and writing instruction. Please let me know if I can be of any assistance either before or after purchasing a product; I'll be happy to help where I can.