Malala: World Reflections

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At the age of 18, Malala Yousafzai became the youngest ever Novel Prize laureate for her work as a Pakistani activist for female education. The I am Malala Text Set and accompanying lesson plans highlight her inspirational work. To view and edit the full lesson open the PDF or .docx below. 

Curriculum Connections 

  • English: I am Malala, Reading Comprehension, Text Evidence 
  • History: Middle East, Women's Rights, Equality 

Newsela Article

  • Malala articles -Text Set: 6 articles addressing action Malala has taken and information on children in war-torn regions.
    NOTE: It should be noted that these articles are amazing and will give your students a clearer and descriptive picture of the lives of children in war torn parts of our world. Please pre-read all of the articles to see that they follow your district's guidelines.
  • Recommendation: This in a lesson with a high level of peer interactions and group work, please do not do this lesson until a good classroom climate has been established

Learning Objective

  • Today I am learning…to use highlighting and annotating features with Newsela.
  • So I can…cite evidence from a nonfiction text.
  • I know I understand when…I use highlights and annotations to explain the evidence from the text.
  • Students will be able to…use highlighting and annotating features to cite and explain evidence from a nonfiction text.

Materials Needed

  • Text: I am Malala completed - This lesson would be best if presented at the end or near the end of the text.
  • Students will need to know how to access the text sets, you can share with each class the whole text set.
  • Copy of questions for second group.

Time Needed

  • 2-4 50-min. classes: Your discussion groups will really affect this.

Learning Standard

Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

Determine a central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments.

Integrate information presented in different media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively) as well as in words to develop a coherent understanding of a topic or issue.

Come to discussions prepared, having read or studied required material; explicitly draw on that preparation by referring to evidence on the topic, text, or issue to probe and reflect on ideas under discussion.

Follow rules for collegial discussions, set specific goals and deadlines, and define individual roles as needed.

Pose and respond to specific questions with elaboration and detail by making comments that contribute to the topic, text, or issue under discussion.

Review the key ideas expressed and demonstrate understanding of multiple perspectives through reflection and paraphrasing.

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