The Kite Runner Character Map

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Character Map for The Kite Runner

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As students read, a storyboard can serve as a helpful character reference log. This log (also called a character map) allows students to recall relevant information about important characters. When reading a novel, small attributes and details frequently become important as the plot progresses. With character mapping, students will record this information, helping them follow along and catch the subtleties which make reading more enjoyable!

Use a character map to help track the different characters that are discussed in The Kite Runner.


The Kite Runner Characters Example

Amir

  • Physical Traits: Ethnic Pastun; dark hair and eyes; not athletic

  • Character Traits: Loves to read stories and poetry; makes up his own stories; becomes a writer; guilty and ashamed; desires the love and respect of his father; gets carsick; fearful and timid

  • Quote

    “I could step into that alley, stand up for Hassan – the way he’d stood up for me all those times in the past – and accept whatever would happen to me. Or I could run. In the end, I ran.”


Other characters included in this map are: Hassan, Baba, Ali, Assef, Soraya, Rahim Khan and Sohrab.


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Create a character map for the major characters.


  1. Identify the major characters in The Kite Runner and type their names into the different title boxes.
  2. Choose a character from the "Cultural" or other appropriate tabs to represent each of the literary characters.
    • Select colors and a pose appropriate to story and character traits.
  3. Choose a scene or background that makes sense for the character.
  4. Fill in the Textables for Physical Traits, Character Traits, and a Quote.
  5. Save and submit the assignment.
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