Justification for teaching: The Kite Runner presents students in the United States with a different perspective on Afghanistan than that developed in the media over the last decade-plus. This book can be used to build empathy for people from other cultures. It's also fantastic for cross-curricular studies in history/social studies....
As in all of our teacher's guides, in addition to justification for teaching, we've delved into: Key Literary Elements & Techniques, Themes and Motifs, Key Facts, Awards, Movies, and "Your students will love..."
The book's universal themes — Hosseini has written a very accessible story, one that resonates regardless of the reader's cultural background.
The valuable look into Afghanistan's past
The narrative arc of the book, which is a logical, symmetrical progression from shame and guilt to love and redemption