Lesson 1 (from Chapters 1-7)
A Thousand Splendid Suns is a historical novel by Afghan-American author Khaled Hosseini. Spanning nearly fifty years, from the 1960s through 2003, the narrative centers on the struggles of two Afghan women, Mariam and Laila, and the eventual intersection of their lives. In Chapter 1, the reader is introduced to Mariam, a young girl born out of wedlock and raised by her mother in a kolba outside of Herat, Afghanistan. In this lesson, students will research the setting of Herat in the 1960s, and will analyze and discuss the narrative and language styles introduced in Chapter 1 of A Thousand Splendid Suns.
Research Activity: Conduct research on the setting of Herat, Afghanistan, in the 1960s. Who was the leader of the country at this time? What was the political atmosphere like? How many people lived in Herat? How was wealth distributed in the country and the city? Develop...
Aligned to the following Common Core Standards:
- ELA-Reading: Literature RL.9-10.10, 11-12.3, 11-12.10
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