Final Assessment Your final assessment for this unit will be a synthesis essay. You are asked to read a number of articles related to a major topic connected to our study of the novel. You will then challenge or defend a statement given using evidence from the texts you choose.
Steps to Success
Step 1: Review the three topics below. Choose one that you would like to spend time reading and writing about.
Step 2: Read and annotate all articles related to your chosen topic.
Step 3: Read the statement associated with your topic. Decide whether you will challenge OR defend that statement based on your reading.
Choose 3 articles, find one additional credible source, and plan to use The Kite Runner to defend your chosen claim (5 sources total).
Fill out Selecting Sources and Planning Sheet as you go.
Fill out a Critical Reading form for ALL 4 articles in your chosen category. Your chosen articles and critical reading forms will be handed in with your essay on writing day.
Step 5: Using your chosen sources, critical reading forms, the essay planning sheets, as well as The Kite Runner, write your essay in class.
Annotated articles and critical reading sheets must be stapled together and handed in on teacher assigned due dates. Your teacher will check for general accuracy and completion and return to you.
Essay Day – at close of unit. You should bring annotated copies of all articles and The Kite Runner text. You will have a graphic organizer available on writing day. The essay will be typed in class on your iPad. You will be uploading your essay toTurnitin.com by the end of class.
Requirements of the Essay
Your argument should be focused; the sources should not be merely summarized but should be used to illustrate and support your reasoning.
Use in-text citations for any material taken from the sources, BUT, use the LETTER associated with each source in the citation. Example: “text text text text” (A).
There is no length requirement; however, you should attempt to write an essay that is commensurate with senior level work and fully addresses the prompt with sophistication and depth.
**Note: Even sources that have a title that may not support your claim, you may use information from those sources to support your claim.
Choice 1: The U.S. Role in Afghanistan.
Carefully read the following sources on the U.S. role in Afghanistan. Then, synthesize information from at least four of the sources and The Kite Runner and incorporate it into a coherent, well-developed essay that argues a clear position in which you challenge OR defend the following statement:
The United States should no longer have any fighting contingencies in Afghanistan. Source A: “Dark Days If the U.S. Left Now”
Source I: The Kite Runner Choice 2: Parental Influence on Children
Carefully read the following sources on parental influence on children. Then, synthesize information from at least four of the sources plus The Kite Runner and incorporate it into a coherent, well-developed essay that argues a clear position in which you challenge OR defend the following statement:
The more involved parents are in the lives of their children, the more successful these children will be. Source A: “The Four Styles of Parenting”
Carefully read the following sources on the role of women Afghanistan. Then, synthesize information from at least four of the sources and The Kite Runner and incorporate it into a coherent, well-developed essay that argues a clear position in which you challenge or defend the following statement:
Women in Afghanistan are better off now than they were before the War in Afghanistan. Source A: “What Will Happen to Afghan Women?”