Monday, October 27, 2014

All Boys, All Blogged: October 27, 2014

Focus: What is the hero's journey, and how can it help us deepen our understanding of The Kite Runner

1. Warming up with happy, happy Monday

2. Figuring out the first step of the hero's journey

What is the hero's journey?
  • Some critics believe that there exists a “collective unconscious,” or inner thoughts, feelings, instincts, and memories that reside in the unconsciousness of all people.

  • The hero’s journey ties into this, as heroes across all times and cultures share certain traits and experiences.

3. Viewing two examples of the first step of the hero's journey:

As you watch, please respond to the following questions in your notes:

    What do these clips have in common? Try to go beyond the obvious here.

      What heroic patterns do they reveal?

        How do these moments affect the main characters?

        3. Discussing in your grid groups:
        1. Which characters appear to be following this heroic pattern in The Kite Runner? How so?
        2. How has the separation (physical or emotional) affected these characters’ self-perception, behavior, and motivation?  Please include at least one specific passage from the novel to support your response.

        3. Be sure to write down the brilliant ideas your group members are offering!  You do need to read passages aloud, but you don’t need to rewrite all the passages (just discuss them and include page numbers in your grids).


        1. Continue reading and annotating Chapters 9 and 10 to prepare for Wednesday's fishbowl discussion. Leaders of Fishbowl #1: Make sure you FOLLOW THE SAMPLE SYLLABUS, creating one syllabus together and creating copies for each member of your group as well as a copy for your teacher. These should be ready to go as you walk into class.

        2. Start making vocabulary flashcards for the next Kite Runner list (Chapters 7-10); these are due Wednesday.

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