Read the movie description that appears below the movie player on the Malala Topic Page. Then use the following prompts to encourage class discussion before, during, and after watching the movie.


  • What do you think a human rights activist does?
  • What is the Nobel Peace Prize?
  • How would you feel if you were banned from going to school?


During (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?
  • Timecode 2:53: Why did Malala start a blog? Why did she use a pseudonym?
  • Timecode 3:38: Why were schools named for Malala?
  • Timecode 4:32: What effect did the attempted assassination have on Malala?
  • Timecode 4:56: What’s the mission of the Malala fund? In what ways has it been successful?


  • What can you tell about Malala from the fact that she is youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize?
  • What is a cause you care about? How can you help support it?