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A Thousand Splendid Suns | Citing Text Evidence Essay Prompt | Print and Digital

Grade Levels
9th - 12th, Homeschool
Formats Included
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  • Google Apps™
22 Slides (PPT), Lesson Plan 3 pgs, Worksheets 5 pgs, Rubric, Graphic Organizer, Video, Google Apps
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Teaching how to cite text evidence for A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini can be difficult, but this expository essay writing lesson guides students through a step-by-step process of writing a 5 paragraph (or more) constructed response with text dependent analysis as support. This lesson can be used in class, for a flipped classroom, or assigned for remote learning / distance learning as independent student work. The entertaining instructional video with expository writing tutorial can be presented as whole class instruction or assigned for students to complete at home.


This no-prep lesson for A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini demonstrates the writing process for composing an expository / explanatory essay using supporting evidence. The video, PowerPoint, graphic organizer, worksheets, and rubric allow students to practice and develop their writing skills. The detailed lesson plans make implementing the lesson easy for teachers.

All aspects of writing are covered in this lesson: brainstorming ideas, thesis statement development, introducing supporting evidence, writing hooks, leads, and conclusions, using transitions appropriately, and incorporating the 6 Traits of Writing.


Everything you need to implement a successful and enjoyable writing lesson that can be used on numerous Learning Management Systems including Google Classroom, Schoology, Canvas, Microsoft One Drive, Microsoft One Drive, Microsoft Team, etc. is provided.


This Text Dependent Analysis Expository / Explanatory Writing Prompt lesson includes:

Entertaining Instructional Video with:

  • Brainstorming Ideas
  • Prompt Identification and Comprehension
  • Thesis Statement Development
  • Rubric Explanation
  • How to Write an Expository Essay Tutorial

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini Detailed Lesson Plan with:

  • Common Core State Standards Indicated on Lesson Plan
  • Instructional Focus
  • Instructional Procedures
  • Objectives/Goals
  • Direct Instruction
  • Guided Practice
  • Enrichment
  • Differentiation
  • ESE Strategies
  • ELL Strategies
  • I Can Statement
  • Essential Question

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini Student Worksheets with:

  • Prompt
  • Brainstorming Section
  • Thesis Statement Development
  • How to Write an Expository Essay Tutorial

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini PowerPoint Presentation with:

  • Introduction slide with prompt (interactive for students to identify key vocabulary)
  • Brainstorming slide (interactive for students to list ideas)
  • Standard and Implied Thesis Development Slides
  • How to Write an Expository Essay Tutorial Slides
  • Checklist slide

Expository Essay Rubric

Expository Essay Graphic Organizer

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High School Citing Text Evidence Writing Prompts


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Total Pages
22 Slides (PPT), Lesson Plan 3 pgs, Worksheets 5 pgs, Rubric, Graphic Organizer, Video, Google Apps
Answer Key
Rubric only
Teaching Duration
4 days
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences.
Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
Gather relevant information from multiple authoritative print and digital sources, using advanced searches effectively; assess the strengths and limitations of each source in terms of the task, purpose, and audience; integrate information into the text selectively to maintain the flow of ideas, avoiding plagiarism and overreliance on any one source and following a standard format for citation.
Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach, focusing on addressing what is most significant for a specific purpose and audience.
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.


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