Monday, November 3, 2014

Teacher Ideas: Malala Yousafzai

Photo from Time Magazine
Malala Yousafzai recently became the youngest person to ever win a Nobel Peace Prize, and Kevin Lathrop created some lesson materials that help to explain the significance of her work for our students. He says:
The following is a timely lesson on 2014 Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai. The focus is her wonderful 2012 speech at the United Nations on her 16th birthday ("Malala Day").  It incorporates all four skills and can extend across several class sessions.

There are six parts. How or whether each is used is, of course, up to the individual teacher. The materials are meant to be adapted as needs dictate.
Part A is for web research of people and institutions Malala refers to in her speech. Part B is for discussion of women's rights in the U.S. and in students' countries. Part C is web research on gender equality (and lack thereof) across the globe. Part D gives a link to an article about the global struggle for girls' education and questions. Part E is an answer key with the answers out of order; students are tasked with matching them to questions. Part F is the text of Malala's United Nations speech and a link to the 17 minute video.
You can find all six parts of the lesson here. You can also print this table to give to students if you choose to have them do the web research in Part A. I've included the video of Malala's speech at the United Nations Youth Assembly below. Thanks, Kevin, for creating such timely and relevant materials!

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