Afghanistan and The Kite Runner Final Research Projects

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Afghanistan and The Kite Runner Final Research Projects
In order to enhance our understanding of the novel, The Kite Runner, each of you will be responsible for researching a particular topic related to Afghanistan’s history and culture. You will become an expert on your topic, compile your research into a PowerPoint presentation and 3-page research paper, and present your information to your classmates.
Possible research topics:

  1. The Taliban

  2. Kite running

  3. Afghani music

  4. Role of women in Afghanistan today

  5. Afghani food

  6. Drug use in Afghanistan

  7. Soviet Union’s involvement in Afghanistan

  8. US invasion of Afghanistan after 9/11

  9. Geography and climate of Afghanistan

  10. Kabul

  11. Dress in Afghanistan

  12. Ethnic groups and tribe warlords

  13. Education / schooling in Afghanistan

  14. Afghan refugees

  15. Role of children in Afghani society

  16. Drug trade in Afghanistan

  17. Languages in Afghanistan

  18. Landmines in Afghanistan

  19. Mosques

  20. Muslim religion

  21. Khaled Hosseini

  22. Al-Qaeda

  23. Slavery in Afghanistan

  24. Obama’s current policy in Afghanistan

  25. President Hamid Karzai

  26. Health care in Afghanistan

  27. Orphans in Afghanistan

  28. Marriage – forced and voluntary

  • You will write a 3-page essay (no more than 3 pages!) which provides key information about your topic. The challenge here is for you to decide what information is important and how to organize this information in a short paper.

    • Be sure to include MLA Citations within your paper and a Works Cited page.

    • Submit this portion of the assignment to me via email by the due date, Wednesday, Nov. 21

    • This is worth 100 points.

  • You will prepare a ten [10] slide PowerPoint presentation about your topic which includes the following:

  1. A title slide which contains (5 points):

    • Your topic

    • a graphic, and

    • your name.

  1. Five [5] slides which contain content about your topic using MLA Citation (10 points each).

  1. Three [3] reflection slides which answers the following questions (5 points):

    • What was the most interesting about your research?

    • How did your research enhance your understanding of Afghanistan?

    • How did you decide to organize your information?

  1. A Works Cited slide which lists the resources you cited in your presentation (5 points).

  • Additionally, you will present your information to the class on the date assigned to you by your teachers (5 points). This is non-negotiable. We are relying on you to teach us about your topic.

Due Date: Wednesday, November 21

Point Total: 150 points

Presentation Schedule




  1. Kaitlyn,

  2. Sweeny,

  3. Kethan,

  4. Emily

  5. Brianne

Monday, Nov 19, 2012

  1. Kanu,

  2. Maris,

  3. Joshua,

  4. Goran,

  5. Corrine

Tuesday, Nov 20, 2012

  1. Tushar,

  2. Falstaff,

  3. Bethanie,

  4. Conor

Wednesday, Nov 21, 2012

  1. Murphy,

  2. Tori,

  3. Amber,

  4. Pronteau

Thursday, Nov 22, 2012

  1. Aaron,

  2. Angela,

  3. Mathew,

Friday, Nov 23, 2012

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