Due Sep 6: Chapters 1-5
Due Sep 9: Chapters 6-11
Due Sep 10: Chapters 12-16
Due Sep 11: Chapters 17-23
Due Sep 12: Chapters 24-29
Due Sep 13: Chapters 30-34
Due Sep 16: Chapters 35-39
Cite textual evidence, analyze theme, analyze characters, write formal literary analysis essay, participate in student-led discussions, explain figurative language
View photos, ethnicity map, and brief history of Afghanistan. Take Cornell notes. Test will be Sep 9.
1. Participate in a student-led discussion on Sep 10, 11, 17, & 18. The teacher will not speak at all; she will only record your points on Class Dojo. There will be a student moderator and half the class will discuss while the other half observes and takes notes. You will be graded on the following:
--Refer to evidence from the book
--Propel conversations by relating the discussion to broader ideas
--Actively incorporate others into the discussion
--Clarify or challenge ideas
--Summarize points of agreement and disagreement
--Evaluate a peer's point of view, identifying any fallacious reasoning or distorted evidence
2. Do a close reading of the diction and figurative language that Hosseini uses on Sep 6 & 16.
3. Do the pre-writing requirement for your literary analysis assignment.
4. Add to our Book Drum entry. In your assigned chapter of A Thousand Splendid Suns, find phrases that need explanation such as places, people, or foreign words. Talk with your classmates that have your same chapter to ensure that you're not doing the same entry. Include the page, exact quotation, explanation, explanation url, and image url. Email to me before Sep 20.
5. I will give your group of 4 the following materials: 10 vocab words, paper, and colored pencils. Your job is to create an image (characters or scenes) from A Thousand Splendid Suns and use the vocabulary to describe the image.
Choose 1 Creative Writing assignment and 1 Literary Analysis assignment. Due by 11:59 pm on Sep 26 on TurnItIn.
CREATIVE WRITING OPTIONS
1. FICTION: Write part of Chapter 52. Where are Tariq and Laila now? How old are the children? How do the most current political events affect the plot events in Chapter 52? Be sure to research the current situation in Afghanistan.
2. SOCIAL MEDIA: Tariq says that he wrote letters to Laila, “volumes” (p. 338). Knowing Tariq’s history, first in Kabul and then as a refugee, imagine what he might wish to say to Laila from prison. Create a fake Facebook or Twitter or SMS account with messages Tariq might have written from prison.
3. VIDEO: The novel describes in detail the plight of civilians as war is
waged on and around them. Review the passages describing the impact of the war on the population of Kabul. Create a video news broadcast describing one of these incidents just as a journalist would with a 5WH lead and witness quotes.
4. POEM: Laila and Mariam are not only victims of abuse; they also resist. Go back through the novel to identify the small acts of resistance by the two women and gather quotes that show these acts. Use some of these quotes with your own words to create an elaborate poem.
LITERARY ANALYSIS OPTIONS
1. Pre-writing requirement: Recreate a timeline of Afghanistan's 1957-2003 history, then add the novel's major events to the timeline.
Writing Assignment: The driver who takes Babi, Laila, and Tariq to the giant stone Buddhas above the Bamiyan Valley describes the crumbling fortress of Shahr-e-Zohak as “the story of our country, one invader after another… we’re like those walls up there. Battered, and nothing pretty to look at, but still standing.” Discuss the metaphor of this passage as it relates to Miriam and Laila. In what ways does their story reflect the larger story of Afghanistan’s troubled history?
2. Pre-writing requirement: Create a double bubble map and a bridge map to compare the religious lives of Mariam, Rasheed, and Laila.
Writing Assignment: Examine the role of religion in the lives of the main characters -- Mariam, Rasheed, and Laila. Note the novel's references to religious training, prayer, Allah, the Prophet, or the Koran. Based on this review, write a profile of each character, emphasizing his/her religious upbringing and orientation. Who is the most religious person in the novel? Why? What is the main motivating factor for each character?
3. Pre-writing requirement: Create a double bubble map and a bridge map to compare Mariam and Laila (include family background, education, experiences, and personality). Writing Assignment: How do Mariam and Laila change in the novel? Who undergoes the most significant changes? How are the women similar? How different? At several points in the story, Mariam and Laila pass themselves off as mother and daughter. What is the symbolic importance of this subterfuge? In what ways is Mariam’s and Laila’s relationship with each other informed by their relationships with their own mothers?
4. Pre-writing requirement: Create a double bubble map and a bridge map to compare Rasheed, Jalil, Babi, Zalmai, Zaman, and Sayeed. Writing Assignment: Identify the personality traits of these men. What qualities do they have in common? How are they different? So what?
5. Pre-writing requirement: Note when women's clothing is mentioned.
Writing Assignment: Mariam at first finds it hard to wear a burqa but then finds it “comforting” (p. 73). Why does she find it comforting? Research the history and uses of the burqa. Where is it commonly worn? Is it still worn in Afghanistan even after the fall of the Taliban? Why might some women prefer the burqa? Why might some women find it oppressive? Argue the pros and cons for wearing a burqa, then decide what you would do if you lived in Afghanistan.
6 Pre-writing requirement: Read the poem by Saib-e-Tabrizi that inspired the novel's title. Writing Assignment: "A thousand suns" is quoted twice in the novel – once as Laila’s family prepares to leave Kabul, and again when she decides to return there from Pakistan. It is also echoed in one of the final lines: “Miriam is in Laila’s own heart, where she shines with the bursting radiance of a thousand suns.” Discuss the thematic significance of this phrase.
7. Pre-writing requirement: Note the shelter/home motif in the novel. Writing Assignment: In the novel, which is more important -- emotional shelter or physical shelter? By the end of the novel, does Mariam find shelter?