Character Diaries
Assignment Summary:
As we read The Kite Runner, you will write a number of diary entries from the point of view of key characters from the novel.
Expectations:
Your character diaries must meet the following expectations:
1. Begin with an important quote from your character.
2. Describe a scene of the play from your character’s point of view.
· How does your character feel/think about the events and the other characters?
3. Be at least 25 lines.
Assignment Rubric:
Expectation
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2
1
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Important Quote
The diary begins with a quote from the character that clearly shows the character’s personality during the scene.
The diary begins with a quote from the character that adequately shows the character’s personality during the scene.
The diary begins with a quote from the character that weakly shows the character’s personality during the scene.
The diary does not begin with a quote from the character.
Description of the scene.
The diary entry clearly and creatively describes the scene and the character’s response, thoughts and feelings about the scene.
The diary entry adequately describes the scene and the character’s response, thoughts and feelings about the scene.
The diary entry basically describes the scene but gives a weak description of the character’s response, thoughts and feelings about the scene.
The diary entry basically describes the scene and does not describe the character’s response, thoughts and feelings about the scene.
Length of Assignment
The diary entry is 25 or more lines long.
The diary entry is between 20 and 25 lines long.
The diary entry is between 15 and 20 lines long.
The diary entry less than 15 lines.





Assignment Model:
Planning Sheet
Character: Mr. Davidson
Now chose any event from the novel that your character would have strong thoughts and opinions about.
Event from the Play: Mr. Davidson talks to Jamal in his office after catching him jumping down the stairs with Oswaldo.
Page: 59
Brief Description of the Event:
Jamal has already been sent to Mr. Davidson’s office for being late four times to school. Jamal is caught jumping down the stairs with another student by Mr. Davidson. The students are immediately told to go to the office and they have to wait all morning for Mr. Davidson to deal with them. Mr. Davidson lets Oswaldo off with a warning and tells him not to hang around with Jamal. Mr. Davidson does not punish Jamal, instead he tells him he is just waiting for Jamal to do something really wrong and get himself expelled.
Key attributes about the character


1. Authority figure
2. Strict.
3. Easily annoyed
4. Has little patience with students.
5. Does not like Jamal Hicks
6. Principal of Jamal’s school


Character’s Thoughts and Feelings about the Event:
Mr. Davidson does not have any patience for students who are constantly disrupting the school. In his eyes, Jamal Hicks is one of the schools worst student’s and he is waiting for an excuse to expel him. He has given Jamal a number of chances, but is now frustrated with Jamal’s repeated bad behavior. He is very hard on Jamal and doesn’t think he will amount to anything. He does not want him influencing the other students.
Important Quote: Find a quote that shows your character’s thoughts and feelings about the event.
“ I’m not going to give you a warning, because I don’t think it’s going to do you any good, “ Mr. Davidson said to Jamal. “So you just go on and do what you want to do. Sooner or later you’re going to let me put you out of the school. You know that and I know that.” (p. 59)


Planning Sheet: Now plan your character diary.
Character:
Now chose any event from the novel that your character would have strong thoughts and opinions about.
Event from the Novel:
Pages
Brief Description of the Event:

Key attributes about the Character: Use your web and notes to complete this section:


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Character’s Thoughts and Feelings about the Event: Be creative and get inside your character’s head.

Important Quote: Find a quote that shows your character’s thoughts and feelings about the event.



Character Diary: First Draft
Mr. Davidson
“ I’m not going to give you a warning, because I don’t think it’s going to do you any good, “ Mr. Davidson said to Jamal. “So you just go on and do what you want to do. Sooner or later you’re going to let me put you out of the school. You know that and I know that.” (p. 59)
Today, yet again Jamal Hicks was in my office. I caught him leaping around on the stairs in the morning. Why can’t this child just keep out of my hair for a day? Oswaldo was with him today, I know it was Jamal that started the whole thing. This is only days after he was in my office for being late. It is students like Jamal Hicks that make my days difficult. I know it is part of my job, but I have no tolerance for his behavior. I cannot wait until I can expel the boy.
I have tried with him, the teachers have tried with him and nothing gets through. I hear he is frequently missing homework and can be disruptive in his classes. His mother will come into the school for meetings, but she is not strict enough with him to make a difference. There is no father at home. What else can I do? I remember seeing on the news that his brother was recently sent to prison. I’m sure things are difficult at home for the boy, but why does he have to bring it into school. We have people here to help him, however he has to meet us halfway. His behavior right now is unworkable.
I see him in the hallway sometimes doing the right thing. There is a well-behaved boy in him, I just don’t believe he can fix his behavior completely. Who knows what will happen to Jamal Hicks? I have done everything I can. I can just wait to see what he does next.








Character Diary: First Draft
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