A Thousand Splendid Suns Character Map

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Character Map for A Thousand Splendid Suns

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As students read, a storyboard can serve as a helpful character reference log. This log (also called a character map) allows students to recall relevant information about important characters. When reading a novel, small attributes and details frequently become important as the plot progresses. With character mapping, students will record this information, helping them follow along and catch the subtleties which make reading more enjoyable!

Use a character map to help track the different characters that are discussed in A Thousand Splendid Suns.


A Thousand Splendid Suns Characters Example

Mariam

  • Physical Traits: Dark hair; green eyes; long face; not particularly pretty; weathered by years of living with Rasheed

  • Character Traits:Timid and broken; afraid of Rasheed until she finds strength through Laila and the children; becomes like another mother to the children; sacrifices her own life so that Laila and the children can have a new beginning with Tariq

  • Quote

    “‘For me, it ends here. There’s nothing more I want. Everything I’d ever wished for as a little girl you’ve already given me. You and your children have made me so very happy.’”


Other characters included in this map are: Laila, Rasheed, Tariq, Jalil, Aziza, Zalmai and Babi.


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Create a character map for the major characters.


  1. Identify the major characters in A Thousand Splendid Suns and type their names into the different title boxes.
  2. Choose a character from the "Cultural" or other appropriate tabs to represent each of the literary characters.
    • Select colors and a pose appropriate to story and character traits.
  3. Choose a scene or background that makes sense for the character.
  4. Fill in the Textables for Physical Traits, Character Traits, and a Quote.
  5. Save and submit the assignment.
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