Vocabulary in A Thousand Splendid Suns

Updated: 9/3/2020
Vocabulary in A Thousand Splendid Suns
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A Thousand Splendid Suns Lesson Plans

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

Lesson Plans by Kristy Littlehale

Khaled Hosseini recaptures the beauty of Afghanistan, and in particular the city of Kabul, in his novel A Thousand Splendid Suns. He follows the journey of two young women who are forced into oppressed lives, yet he highlights their strength and resilience throughout their ordeals: a reminder of the spirit of the women of Afghanistan, in spite of those who try to strip them of their dignity. Through Mariam and Laila’s stories, Hosseini illuminates important themes such as the rights of women, hope, the importance of sacrifice, and the importance of family.


A Thousand Splendid Suns

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A Thousand Splendid Suns Vocabulary lesson plans

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  • HIJAB
  • KOLBA
  • BURQA
  • (n.) a headscarf worn by Muslim women
  • (n.) hut or shack
  • (n.) a loose-fitting garment worn by Muslim women that covers the entire body, with a veil only for the eyes
  • MINARET
  • VOCABULARY
  • WISTFUL
  • (n.) a tower atop a mosque which has a place for someone to call Muslims to prayer
  • (adj.) having or showing longing, usually tinged with regret