Teacher Guide

A Thousand Splendid Suns Lesson Plan

Study Objectives

If all of the elements of this lesson plan are employed, students will develop the following powers, skills, and understanding:

  1. 1

    To gain an understanding of the underlying themes of A Thousand Splendid Suns, such as sacrifice, male oppression of women, and mother/daughter relationships.

  2. 2

    To trace the development of the lead characters and examine the way their relationships change, especially through the lens of mother/daughter relationships.

  3. 3

    To analyze the meanings of significant quotes, and identify their meaning within the context of the novel.

  4. 4

    To learn about the history and politics of the novel's setting.

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