Before the Movie

What do you think a human rights activist does? (Predict; Tap prior knowledge)

How would you feel if you weren’t allowed to go to school? (Make connections


During the Movie (Pause Points)

Stop at the following times in the movie and ask questions or prompt a discussion to keep students focused and to assess their understanding before moving on:

Timecode 2:27: Why were the mid-2000s a scary time for Malala’s family? (Draw conclusions)

Timecode 2:57: Why did Malala start a blog? Why did she use a pseudonym? (Identify cause/effect; Make connections)

Timecode 4:46: How did the world respond to Malala’s attempted assassination? How did it change her work? (Identify cause/effect)


After the Movie

Look at the four related movies at the bottom of the page. Explain how each is connected to the Malala topic. (Make connections)

What can you tell about Malala from the fact that she is the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize? (Make inferences; Identify character traits)

What is a cause you care about? How can you help support it? (Reflect; Make connections)


BrainPOP recommends reading the movie description that appears on the Malala Topic Page to your class. Then show the movie once through without pausing. Watch it again, this time using the discussion prompts.

*BrainPOP’s Discussion Questions and Prompts align to CCSS Speaking and Listening Standards.