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A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

Pixton Lesson Plan on A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

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Featured Layouts

When students complete the activities in this lesson plan, they will use the following comic layout types.

  • Mind Map
  • Storyboard
  • Character Map

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Pixton Lesson Plan on A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
This free, printable Pixton lesson plan brings novel studies to life with comics and storyboards.
This free, printable Pixton lesson plan brings novel studies to life with comics and storyboards.

Main Characters

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

When you import any of the activities below, you can choose to share these ready-made characters with your students.

  • Mariam from A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
    Mariam

    One of two female protagonists, illegitimate child of Jalil and Nana, wife of Rasheed

  • Laila from A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
    Laila

    Second female protagonist who is orphaned and becomes Rasheed's second wife

  • Rasheed from A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
    Rasheed

    Widowed shoemaker whose first wife and son died before he becomes abusive husband to 15-year-old Mariam

  • Tariq from A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
    Tariq

    Laila's best friend and husband who loses leg in land mine but never let it slow him down

  • Jalil from A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
    Jalil

    Mariam's father and a wealthy businessman who abandons Mariam

  • Nana from A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
    Nana

    Mariam's strict and bitter mother who commits suicide

  • Hakim from A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
    Hakim

    Laila's bookish and sensitive father who supports gender equality

  • Fariba from A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
    Fariba

    Laila's mother who is destroyed by her sons' deaths in war

  • Aziza from A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
    Aziza

    Laila and Tariq's kind, mature, and thoughtful daughter who is forced by Rasheed to live in an orphanage

  • Zalmai from A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
    Zalmai

    Rasheed and Laila's spoiled but kind son

  • Mullah Faizullah from A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
    Mullah Faizullah

    Mariam's childhood Koran who was a kind and loving

  • Abdul Sharif from A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
    Abdul Sharif

    Man hired to lie to Laila that Tariq died to convince her to marry Rasheed

Featured Props

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

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  • City
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  • Envelope
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  • Explosion
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  • Fire
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  • Mountains
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  • Road
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  • Shovel
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Teacher Guide

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

Step 1Class discussion with students

Getting Started

Have students review the front and back cover of the book, examine the cover images, read the book jacket summary, discuss the significance of the title, and make a prediction about the content and significance of the book.

Opening Discussion

Before reading, discuss the following:

  • What do you already know about this book?
  • What is the literal and figurative meaning of the title?
  • What are the literal and connotative meanings associated with the specific words in the title? What images and emotions are evoked by the words in the title?
  • What can you predict about the book based on the title and author?
Step 2Pixton comic-making activities
  • Make a Mind Map
    Sensory Language

    Complete after class reading.

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  • Make a Storyboard or Mind Map
    Mood

    Complete after class reading.

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  • Make a Character Map
    Character Map

    Begin at the start of the novel, and make additions throughout the unit.

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  • Extension / Modification
    Mind Map (Extension / Modification)

    Create a Mind Map to illustrate the setting, imagery, figurative language and/or important quotations in the text.

Step 3Concluding discussion with students

Discuss the following:

  • What were the main themes of the story?
  • What were the major symbols and motifs? What made them important?
  • What do you think the climax of the story was?
  • What was the author's purpose in writing this story?
  • What was the text's overall tone (author's attitude) and mood (reader's reaction)?
  • How might the context of when this text was written influence the conflicts and themes?
  • What have you learned from reading this text?
  • Has your perspective on or understanding of life changed from reading this? Why or why not?
  • What makes this book unique?
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Pixton Activity: A Thousand Splendid Suns 1 Sensory Language

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  • Mind Map

Intro

Review the definition, elements and examples of the five senses and sensory language.

Instructions

Create a Mind Map that illustrates sensory language used in the text:

  • Identify the sense in the panel title.
  • Write a detailed description.
  • Include an appropriate illustration for each panel.

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

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Pixton Activity: A Thousand Splendid Suns 2 Mood

Featured Layouts

  • Storyboard
  • Mind Map

Intro

Review the definition, elements, and examples of the English Language Arts skill of mood.

Instructions

Create a Mind Map or Storyboard that illustrates the mood of the text:

  • Identify the mood in the panel title.
  • Share an example that enhances mood.
  • Include an appropriate illustration for each panel.

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

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Pixton Activity: A Thousand Splendid Suns 3 Character Map

Featured Layouts

  • Character Map

Intro

Determining character traits is an important skill necessary to understanding the conflicts and themes of the plot. The characteristics that make up the main character and supporting characters help shape the outcome of the narrative.

Instructions

Choose three of your favorite characters from A Thousand Splendid Suns and create a Character Map for each one.

  • It's important to add as many details as you can to all the parts of the map.
  • Include an appropriate illustration based on the character traits outlined in the novel.

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

Rubric: Character Map

Use this interactive rubric for easy, thorough assessment. It can even be used by students for self-assessment!

5 4 3 2 1
Overview The character map is thoughtful; descriptions are detailed and informative. The character map is fully developed; accurate details and insightful descriptions. The character map is complete; descriptions are simple and settings are accurate. The character map includes basic details, but is not fully developed. The character map does not accurately reflect the characters.
Meaning Ideas, information and use of detail • strong point of view
• summary is clear and highly detailed
• descriptions are thoughtful and highly developed
• significant details that make characters unique and dynamic
• relevant ideas with consistent analysis
• summary is clear and accurate
• logical descriptions that clarify and develop the idea
• characters are similar; includes relevant details
• relevant ideas with some analysis
• summary is short, but accurate
• descriptions are simple and consistent
• characters similar to description
• some relevant ideas
• summary has several errors
• descriptions are brief and lack detail
• characters vaguely looks like description
• often very brief
• summary is has significant errors
• descriptions are difficult to follow
• characters do not look like description
Style Clarity, variety, impact of visuals and language • language is clear, varied
• flows smoothly; variety in sentences
• images and characters are fully developed; high attention to detail
• language is clear with some variety
• includes a variety of sentence lengths and patterns
• images and characters have purpose and significance
• language is clear with little variety
• basic sentence structures with a few variations
• images and characters are basic, but have purpose
• basic language; vague at times
• repeats a few basic sentence structures
• images and characters have minimal development
• vague, incorrect and repetitive language
• poorly constructed sentences; little variety
• images and characters are poorly developed
Form Organization and sequence • proper organization
• panels are thoughtful and detailed
• all panels are organized or logical
• all panels are present
• most panels are organized or logical
• all panels are present
• some panels are organized or logical
• some panels may be missing
• panels are not organized or logical
• panels are missing
Conventions The text demonstrates standard English conventions of usage and mechanics • demonstrates precise English conventions
• uses eloquent words, rich sensory language and mood to convey a realistic picture
• demonstrates precise English conventions
• uses precise words, controlled sensory language and mood to convey a realistic picture
• demonstrates standard English conventions
• uses words and phrases, telling details and sensory language to convey a vivid picture
• demonstrates some accuracy in standard English conventions of usage and mechanics • contains multiple inaccuracies in Standard English conventions of usage and mechanics
Total

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