He Named Me Malala: 11-16 English

He Named Me Malala - Doc Academy
He Named Me Malala - Doc Academy




Medium (5-11 activities)

This six-lesson scheme of work, aimed at students aged 11-16, uses short clips from the documentary He Named Me Malala to explore the themes and issues portrayed in the film. Thought-provoking topics surrounding unity, peace and education in the face of terrorism are explored whilst introducing students to writer's purpose, as well as stimulating 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. 

Learning Objective:  

  • To compare and contrast the writer's craft in two texts

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.  

Learning Objective:  

  • To develop a convincing narrative voice.

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. 

Learning Objective: 

  • To contribute to a group 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.  

Learning Objective:  

  • To comment on the purpose and audience of a text.

Clip(s) to Use - Clip 4: Malala Visits Sryia

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. 

Learning Objective: 

  • To craft language to persuade.

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.  

Learning Objective:  

  • To adapt language to suit purpose and audience.

Clip(s) to Use - Clip 6: Malala's UN Speech

This resource includes

Doc Academy

This Resource Supports

  • Citizenship
  • Human Rights
  • English
  • Media Studies
  • Politics
  • Religious Education

Got Some Feedback?

We love to hear how educators have used our resources.

Contact us

Updating our resources

We have developed a large catalogue of educational resources since launching in 2013, and some references and terminology will inevitably have dated as society and language evolves. We are aware of this and will be updating resources when our production schedule allows.

How Do Into Film Clubs Work? header

How do Into Film Clubs work?

Find out more about what's involved in running your very own Into Film Club.

Into Film CPD Training (Bolton)


Learn how to make the most of film in education with our training programme.


Viewing 4 of 4 related items.

What our educators say

"I think that our work on ‘The Girl and the Fox’ has really benefitted our children. I would thoroughly recommend the Into Film approach to any school wanting to improve attainment in literacy."