- Read and comprehend informational text
- Participate in and contribute to class discussions
- Learn about the life and impact of Malala Yousafzai
- Books: Malala Yousafzai by Robin S. Doak or Malala Yousafzai by Jodie Shepherd
- Chart paper and markers
- Copy of the All About Malala Graphic Organizer printable for each student
- Journal or lined writing paper for each student
- Pre-read the book(s).
- Set up the KWL chart on chart paper.
- Make copies of the All About Malala printable for each student.
- Post this quote from Malala in the room: “One child, one teacher, one book, and one pen can change the world.”
Note: Malala’s life story includes violence, directed at her while she was a child. Make sure to consider your classroom community while discussing this story.
Step 1: Tell the class that they are going to learn about a real girl named Malala Yousafzai. Preview the cover of the book with your students and ask if anyone has heard her story. Create a KWL chart about Malala. Fill out “What I Know” and “What I Want to know” with the class.
What I Know
What I Want to know
What I Learned
Step 2: Tell the class that Malala is an activist. Ask the class to define what that means. Brainstorm and record your students’ ideas on chart paper or the whiteboard.
Definition: An activist is a person who campaigns for political or social change.
Tell class that Malala is an activist for girls’ rights and education.
Step 3: Read the book with the class. Stop to check for understanding during your reading. Students may stop and talk to a partner (think, pair, share) about sections of the book:
Sample questions to ask:
- Do you think it is important for girls to get an education? Why?
- How do you think people living in Pakistan felt when the Taliban came to power?
- Why do you think Malala started her blog?
- Why did the terrorists want to hurt Malala?
- Did Malala back down or continue fighting?
- Can you imagine doing what Malala did?
- How did Malala make a difference?
Step 4: Students will complete the biography graphic organizer All About Malala.
Step 5: Bring the class together to discuss and review the book, completing the “What I Learned” section of the KWL chart.
Step 6: Post and discuss one of Malala’s famous quotes: “One child, one teacher, one book, and one pen can change the world.” Have your students answer the following questions in a journal, or on lined writing paper.
What does this quote mean to you?
What is something that you could do to make your school or community a better place?
During guided reading groups, read I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai and Patricia McCormick. Students will read each chapter and discuss with their group and the teacher.
- Did the student participate in and contribute to the class discussions?
- Did the student accurately complete the biography sheet about Malala?
- Did the student complete a thoughtful journal entry?