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Malala: Speaking Out for Girls' Rights

In this lesson plan, students learn about Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani activist who advocated for a girls' rights to an education.
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In this lesson plan, Malala: Speaking Out for Girls' Rights, students will learn about Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani activist who advocated for a girls' rights to an education. First, the class will read part of the memoir Malala: My Story of Standing up for Girls' Rights. Then, after a discussion about the vocabulary term "rights," students will pick one right they would stand up for. Students will then write an opinion paragraph and create a poster about the right they feel strongly about.

Learning Objectives

  • Students will be able to read an informational text.
  • Students will be able to write about their opinions.

Introduction

(15 minutes)
  • Share that Malala Yousafzai is a Pakistani activist. When she was 11, the Taliban took control of her town and ordered girls not to go to school. Malala began speaking up for a woman’s right to get an education, even though it was dangerous to do so. In 2012, when she was 16, Malala was shot. Luckily, she made a full recovery and continues to advocate for women’s rights. Malala was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014, making her the youngest person to become a Nobel Laureate.
  • Read the book Malala: My Story of Standing up for Girls' Rights. This book is a bit lengthy, so feel free to read a portion now and a portion at the end of the lesson or at another time throughout your day.
  • Ask students to share what they learned about Malala. Write down students' ideas on a piece of chart paper.