Teacher: Ms. Witczak a thousand Splendid Suns Pre-Reading Activity "a thousand Splendid Suns" is a 2007 novel by Khaled Hosseini. It is set in the Muslim, war-torn nation of Afghanistan



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A Thousand Splendid Suns

By Khaled Hosseini



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English 306

Teacher: Ms. Witczak
A Thousand Splendid Suns

Pre-Reading Activity

“A Thousand Splendid Suns” is a 2007 novel by Khaled Hosseini. It is set in the Muslim, war-torn nation of Afghanistan.


Let’s activate our prior knowledge:


  • What do you know about Afghanistan and its people?

  • What do you know about the religion of Islam?

  • Given what you know, what are your expectations for the novel? Which of your assumptions and beliefs do you think will be challenged by the book?

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“Every street of Kabul is enthralling to the eye

Through the bazaars, caravans of Egypt pass

One could not count the moons that shimmer on her roofs

And the thousand splendid suns that hide behind her walls”


From “Kabul”, by Saib Tabrizi

Translated by Josephine Davis


The title of “A Thousand Splendid Suns” comes from a passage in a poem called “Kabul”, written by a 17th c. Persian poet, Saib Tabrizi.


When we think of present-day Afghanistan, we imagine a war-torn nation, but this poem suggests a very different place.
Look at the book jacket through the lens of the poem. What do you think the “thousand splendid suns” of the poem will represent in this novel?
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A THOUSAND SPLENDID SUNS

LEXICON
Throughout the novel, a variety of Farsi words are used. You will notice that they are always written in an italicized typeface in the book. Use this table to keep track of 25 words you learn.




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Ex: Harami


Bastard, illegitimate child.

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A THOUSAND SPLENDID SUNS

Annotated Table of Contents





Chapter

Synopsis

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