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