If all of the elements of this lesson plan are employed, students will develop the following powers, skills, and understanding:
To gain an understanding of the underlying themes of A Thousand Splendid Suns, such as sacrifice, male oppression of women, and mother/daughter relationships.
To trace the development of the lead characters and examine the way their relationships change, especially through the lens of mother/daughter relationships.
To analyze the meanings of significant quotes, and identify their meaning within the context of the novel.
To learn about the history and politics of the novel's setting.