A Thousand Splendid Suns enables students in Western civilizations to connect personally with those who live in the Middle East. One of the goals of a classroom reading of the novel is to educate students about real-world problems and the difficulties inherent in solving those problems. Rarely is a problem one-dimensional and solutions must take into account a myriad of issues and perspectives. Students watch the documentary: “Honor Diaries” and participate in a learning activity that focuses on critical thinking and problem-solving. This activity would work as a pre- or post-reading activity, depending on the goals and level of student ability. In order to use it as a summative exercise, I have students make connections to the reading before doing the research. Please preview the video before purchasing, as it contains sensitive information regarding FGM and may not be suitable for those under the age of 15.
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