Malala's Magic Pencil
Social Justice Activities:
- Research global access to education. Find non-profits that are working towards education for all.
- Research Malala's Website. Read and discuss why she's choosing to invest in networks and not build schools. Highlight why investing in people who live in the communities and are doing the work rather than investing in a building is important.
- Talk about gender stereotypes that may exist in your community. Ask students about their experiences. Find lessons on Learning for Justice, filter by grade level and gender identity.
- Analyze what it means to be an activist. Analyze Malala's identity characteristics and connect her to activism and creating positive change in the world.
Cause/Effect: What does Malala notice about the community? What does that cause her to do?
Character Analysis: Analyze Malala's identity and other characteristics (she's a sister, creative, Muslim, student, generous, thoughtful, activist...).
Metaphors: What is the magic pencil a metaphor for? How has Malala created her own magic pencil in real life?
Analyze the meaning of quotes from Malala:
“We realize the importance of our voices only when we are silenced.”
- Fiction, All Ages
- Perspectives: Pakistani girl
- Author's stated heritage: Pakistani
- Subject Integration: Art, SEL, Geography