Senior English The Kite Runner Synthesis Essay Final Assessment



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Senior English

The Kite Runner Synthesis Essay

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.
Step 4:

  • 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.


Due dates:

  • 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 to Turnitin.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.

  • Indicate clearly which sources you are drawing from, whether from direct quotation, paraphrase, or summary, using in-text citations.

  • 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”

http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2012/04/03/should-the-us-leave-afghanistan-now/dark-days-would-return-if-the-us-left-now


Source B: “Five Reasons Why the US Must Stay in Afghanistan”

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2013/11/20/five-reasons-why-us-must-stay-in-afghanistan/


Source C: “Get US Troops Out of Afghanistan”

http://www.cnn.com/2012/05/01/opinion/ellison-afghanistan/

Source D: “The Real Reason We're Leaving Afghanistan”

http://www.forbes.com/sites/beltway/2011/06/23/the-real-reason-were-leaving-afghanistan/


Source E: “US Spent Billions on Afghan Projects That Will Fall Apart When We Leave”

http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2013/11/afghanistan-withdrawal-left-behind


Source F: “The US Must Stay in Afghanistan or Risk More Envoy Attacks”

http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/09/05/us-afghanistan-us-idUSTRE7842AM20110905


Source G: “In US, New High of 43% Call Afghanistan War a ‘Mistake’”

http://www.gallup.com/poll/141716/new-high-call-afghanistan-war-mistake.aspx


Source H: “Central Asian Oil and Gas: The Real Reason for the US’s War on Afghanistan”

http://www.crescent-online.net/2009/09/central-asian-oil-and-gas-the-real-reason-for-the-uss-war-on-afghanistan-zafar-bangash-2287-articles.html


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”

http://psychology.about.com/od/developmentalpsychology/a/parenting-style.htm


Source B: “Millennials Can’t Grow Up”

http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/medical_examiner/2013/12/millennial_narcissism_helicopter_parents_are_college_students_bigger_problem.html


Source C: “How helicopter parents can ruin kids' job prospects”

http://www.cnn.com/2013/07/02/living/cnn-parents-helicopter-parenting-job-search/


Source D: “A Generation Tethered to their Helicopter Parents”

http://aspeneducation.crchealth.com/articles/article-helicopter-parents/


Source E: “Helping or Hovering? A Parent’s Dilemma”

http://www.springer.com/about+springer/media/springer+select?SGWID=0-11001-6-1406648-0


Source F: “Involved Parents: The Hidden Resource in their Children’s Education”

http://www.aboutourkids.org/articles/involved_parents_hidden_resource_in_their_children039s_education


Source G: “The Benefits of Parent Involvement: What Research has the Say”

http://www.education.com/reference/article/benefits-parent-involvement-research/


Source H: “Parent Involvement Strongly Impacts Student Achievement”

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/05/080527123852.htm


Source I: “Positive Parenting can have a Lasting Impact for Generations”

http://oregonstate.edu/ua/ncs/archives/2009/sep/positive-parenting-can-have-lasting-impact-generations


Source J: The Kite Runner text
Choice 3: Role of Women in Afghanistan

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?”

http://www.cavalierdaily.com/article/2014/01/yari-what-will-happen-to-afghan-women


Source B: “Don’t Abandon Afghan Women”

http://www.dailynews.com/opinion/20131122/dont-abandon-afghan-women-laura-bush


Source C: “Afghan Women Biggest Losers from War”

https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/54871


Source D: “Are Afghan Women Better Off a Decade After War?”

http://www.cnn.com/2012/03/08/opinion/afghanistan-women-rights-barr/


Source E: “Was our Afghan saga useless – or worse?”

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-debate/was-our-afghan-saga-useless-or-worse/article16273850/


Source F: “The War in Afghanistan Made the Country Better”

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/lauryn-oates/afghanistan_b_4608807.html


Source G: “Interview: 'The Lives Of Afghan Women Can And Must Be Improved'”

http://www.rferl.org/content/afghanistan-interview-anna-badkhen-women/25032053.html


Source H: “Two Tales of Brutality to Women in Afghanistan”

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-25398935



Source I: “Afghan Women Seek Internet’s Virtual Veil Amid Threats”

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-01-09/afghan-women-seek-internet-s-virtual-veil-amid-threats.html
Source J:

The Kite Runner


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