He Named Me Malala

When 11-year-old blogger Malala Yousafzai began detailing her experiences in the Swat Valley of Pakistan for the BBC, she had no idea what momentous changes were coming in her life. Her father, Ziauddin, a school founder and dedicated teacher, was outspoken in his belief that girls, including his beloved daughter, had a right to an education. As they continued to speak out against restrictions imposed by extremists, Ziauddin received constant death threats, so many that he began to sleep in different places. But it was Malala who was almost killed, shot in the head by a gunman on her way home from school. Her survival and recovery have been little short of miraculous.


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Educators are pairing He Named Me Malala and our curriculum guide and/or discussion guide with I Am Malala in ELA classes or Social Studies classes. Furthermore, Speech educators are using Lesson 7 as a fabulous stand alone lesson for examining Malala’s iconic speech.

He Named Me Malala Curriculum Guide

Lesson 1: Introducing Pakistan (Social Studies, Geography, World History)
Lesson 2: The Story of Malala: Growing Up (English Language Arts, Social Studies)
Lesson 3: The Story of Malala: The Attack by the Taliban (English Language Arts, Social Studies)
Lesson 4: The Story of Malala: A New Life of Global Advocacy (English Language Arts, Social Studies)
Lesson 5: Working for Change (Social Studies/Community Service)
Lesson 6: Global Violence Against Women and Girls (Social Studies/Sociology)
Lesson 7: ‘Let this end with us’: Malala’s Nobel Peace Prize Address (English Language Arts, Social Studies, Speech/Communication)
Lesson 8: The United Nations and the Rights of Women and Children (Social Studies)
Lesson 9: Women’s Education, Health, and Economic Development (Social Studies/Health/Economics)
Lesson 10: Telling a Story Through Film (Film Literacy) – The Glossary of Film Terms linked below is helpful for this lesson.

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He Named Me Malala Discussion Guide

A Letter From Malala and Ziauddin Yousafazi
Introduction to the Film
About Pakistan
The Influence of Family
Religious Extremism Comes to the Swat Valley
The Global Status of Girls’ Secondary Education
Why Education Is So Critical (I)
Why Education Is So Critical (II)
Reaching Around the World: The Malala Fund at Work
What Can You Do?
Resources for Study and Action

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Journeys in Film supports the Sustainable Development Goals.

This curriculum guide connects to the following United Nations SDGs. Learn more about teaching with SDGs: https://en.unesco.org/themes/education/sdgs/material.

Deep red square with a white 4 in the upper left-hand corner. Quality Education, in white text, beside the number, and a book and pencil, white stencil style, is the focus art on the red background. Deep orange background. Number five upper left hand corner. Gender Equality, white, beside the number. Main image on the orange background is a symbol that combines the man symbol and woman symbol with equal marks inside the circle part of the symbol. Dark pink background. 10 in the left-hand corner. Reduced Inequalities beside the number. Central image on the pink background is a not quite complete circle with equal marks inside. Royal blue background with white 16 in the upper left hand corner. Text beside it, white, reads: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions. Central image, all white, is a dove with an olive branch in its beak, legs resting on a gavel.

Finally, this resource is also valuable and pairs well with other resources in our library for lessons focused on Refugees and Migrants and Women’s History. Check out our articles highlighting these possibilities: https://journeysinfilm.org/articles/world-refugee-day-films-for-the-classroom/ and https://journeysinfilm.org/articles/celebrating-women-in-history-through-film/.

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