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Medium (5-11 activities)
This six-lesson series for students aged 16+ uses short clips from the absorbing documentary He Named Me Malala to consider the importance of unity, peace and education in the face of terrorism. Learners will develop English skills, including writer's purpose, and stimulate creative and non-fiction writing.
Lesson One - Introducing Malala
Introduces Malala to students, comparing an extract of her autobiography with that of Nelson Mandela's to better understand the writer's craft, culminating in a comparative essay.
Clip(s) to Use - Clip 1: Malala's Story
Lesson Two - Finding Forgiveness
Explores the power of forgiveness across history and the vital role it can play in progress, inspiring students to write creative, powerful narratives on the theme, using imagined narrative perspectives.
Clip(s) to Use - Clip 2: Malala's Prognosis
Lesson Three - Malala Campaigns in Nigeria
Highlights the importance of positive communication in dealing with complex political issues, using Malala's visit to Nigeria to campaign for the return of 219 kidnapped schoolgirls to develop a socratic discussion.
Clip(s) to Use - Clip 3: Malala in Nigeria
Lesson Four - Malala's Visit to a Refugee Camp
Examines newspaper coverage of refugee camps, inviting students to develop their analysis of language and tone, before writing their own non-fiction composition, based on independent research that learners undertake.
Clip(s) to Use - Clip 4: Malala Visits Syria
Lesson Five - Speaking Out
Students examine the unequal nature of girls' education in developing countries, before focusing on persuasive writing skills to chat a powerful piece of writing that uses Malala's activism as a platform for ideas.
Clip(s) to Use - Clip 5: Malala Speaks Out
Lesson Six - United Nations
Explores the power of public speech and the impact that carefully phrased language features can have, using talks by both Malala and her father, culminating in a persuasive redraft of one of Malala's striking speeches.
Clip(s) to Use - Clip 6: Malala's UN Speech
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