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. 
  • Have students read one of the following Related Reading articles: “Quotables” or “Personalities.” Partner them with someone who read a different article to share what they learned with each other.

Step 3: APPLY
Students express their understanding through one or more of the following projects, which also address essential literacy skills. They can work individually or collaborate. 

  • Make-a-Movie: Create a talk-show style movie where you interview Malala about how her experiences impacted the evolution of her work.  (Essential Literacy Skill: Determine central ideas)
  • 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. (Essential Literacy Skill: Summarize key details)
  • Creative Coding: Code a flag representing Malala’s impact on people around the world. (Essential Literacy Skill: Make logical inferences from explicit details)


Reflect: Students reflect on what they’ve learned about Malala. Prompt them by asking questions such as: 

  • How did Malala’s experiences shape her actions? 
  • What impact has Malala’s work had on people in different parts of the world?
  • What are some issues you care deeply about? What can you do to help?

Assess: Wrap up the lesson with the Malala Challenge

Step 5:  Extend Learning

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