Chapter abstracts are short descriptions of events that occur in each chapter. They highlight major plot events and detail the important relationships and characteristics of characters and objects. The Chapter Abstracts can be used to review what the students have read, or to prepare the students for what they will read. Hand the abstracts out in class as a study guide, or use them as a "key" for a class discussion. They are relatively brief, but can serve to be an excellent refresher of the text for either a student or teacher.
Chapter 1, Guluband Abstract
* Shabanu is an eleven-year-old living with her extended family in the Cholistan Desert of Pakistan.
* Her thirteen-year-old sister, Phulan, will be getting married soon and it is the main topic of discussion among the women of the family.
* Shabanu's aunt thinks it is better to have sons.
Chapter 2, Birth Abstract
* The availability of...
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