Multimedia Resources and Lesson Plan for Elementary, Middle and High School Students. Includes discussion guide and learning outcomes.
International Day of the Girl was established by the UN in 2012 to bring awareness to the needs of the 1.1 billion girls in the world. These needs include the right to education, nutrition, legal rights, and medical care, as well as protection from discrimination, violence and child marriage. The day aims to promote their empowerment and the fulfillment of their human rights.
Recommended Multimedia Resources, Discussion Questions and Activities for Middle School and High School Students
Students watch one or all of these short films about remarkable heroes who devote their lives to making things better for young girls.
Then consider the discussion questions and activities.
HE NAMED ME MALALA is a portrait of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai.
Viola Vaughn runs "10,000 Girls," a project in Senegal, Africa, to help girls with education and vocational training.
In India, Educate Girls works to make education accessible to girls, mobilizing communities to help girls achieve their full potential.
Students read the story and watch the films about how having access to a bicycle helps girls go to school in certain parts of the world, and consider the discussion questions and activities.
Armene Modi provides bicycles to girls in rural Indian villages so they can continue their education.
Additional stories honoring those making a positive difference in the lives of girls.
Listen & Read Along
2. How do the lives of girls change if they have the opportunity to go to school and receive an education?
3. How have the groups featured in these films addressed the challenges to education girls face?
4. Do you know of any other people or organizations working to address issues that may be preventing girls from receiving an education? Who are they? Share their story with MY HERO.
Students will develop critical thinking skills as they discuss the barriers girls around the world face regarding education. They will evaluate obstacles that impact the girls' ability to go to school. Students are encouraged to create an action plan.
A poem written by a 5th-grade student in honor of the International Day of the Girl
Students analyze the art below and discuss the message the artist is conveying.
Students create an original piece of art using text and images to portray an issue facing girls around the world or to portray an activist working towards a solution to submit to MY HERO.
Emma Gonzalez and Tyra Hemans were students at Stoneman Douglas School and are gun control advocates working to prevent violence.
Whom do you admire who works to prevent violence?
Create a portrait of your hero to submit to MY HERO.
Resources and Activities for Elementary Students
Students read the story about hero Malala by Avery and review her adjective web. Then analyze the Malala's portrait by Sophie before considering the discussion questions and activities.
Students are encouraged to write a story about their hero with original illustrations to submit to MY HERO.
Malala Yousafzai is a young Pakastani activist for girls' education and won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014.
2. Why do you think Sophie and Avery chose Malala as their hero?
3. Who is your hero? Create an adjective web like Avery did about your hero.
4. Create a portrait or other artwork representing your hero and write a story about him or her to submit to MY HERO.
5. Have a Hero Celebration by creating a display of students' adjective webs, portraits or artwork about heroes, and invite parents, other family members or students to view the display and listen to students' hero stories.
The International Day of the Girl lesson plan was created by MY HERO Education Outreach Director Laura Nietzer.
Multimedia curated teacher resource with discussion questions and learning outcomes honoring Malala Yousafzai.
Multimedia curated teacher resource with discussion questions and learning outcomes honoring Dr. Viola Vaughn.
Learn about a New Hero Every Day of the Year: Use the MY HERO Calendar in the Classroom
Organizer created on 9/5/2019 1:51:31 PM by Laura Nietzer
Last edited 1/18/2022 1:47:13 PM by Laura Nietzer