Grade Levels: 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

NOTE TO EDUCATORS: The movie featured in this lesson plan contains a description of an assassination attempt on a young girl. Due to the sensitivity of this topic, consider previewing the movie before showing it to the class. 

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This lesson accompanies the BrainPOP topic Malala, and supports the standard of examining the extent citizens have worked to protect human rights. Students demonstrate understanding through a variety of projects.


Ask students:  What rights do you think every kid should have? Why?


  • Read aloud the description on the Malala topic page
  • Play the Movie, pausing to check for understanding. 
  • Assign Related Reading. Have students read one of the following articles: “Quotables” or “Personalities.” Partner them with someone who read a different article to share what they learned with each other.

Step 3: APPLY and ASSESS 

Assign the Malala Challenge and Quiz, prompting students to apply essential literacy skills while demonstrating what they learned about this topic.


Students express what they learned about Malala while practicing essential literacy skills with one or more of the following activities. Differentiate by assigning ones that meet individual student needs. 

  • Make-a-Movie: Create a talk-show style movie where you interview Malala about how her experiences impacted the evolution of her work.  
  • Make-a-Map: Make a concept map identifying Malala’s impact on different groups, including Pakistani children, the American public, the United Nations, and the Taliban. 
  • Creative Coding: Code a flag representing Malala’s impact on people around the world.

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Time Zone X: Malala:This interactive timeline game challenges players to put historical events in chronological order. 

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Lesson Plan Common Core State Standards Alignments