Malala Yousafzai Lesson Plan

Multimedia curated teacher resource with discussion questions and learning outcomes. MY HERO celebrates the courage and strong principles of this young student from Pakistan who taught the world how to take a stand against injustice. Malala was born July 12, 1997. 

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Malala was born July 12, 1997, and Malala Day is celebrated on November 10. On June 19, 2020, Malala received her degree from Oxford University.


He Named Me Malala Film Trailer and Journeys in Film Lesson Plans for He Named Me Malala

He Named Me Malala - Official Trailer

Produced by:Laurie MacDonald
This documentary is a portrait of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai. It documents her personal life and her inspiring journey as an activist.

Lessons included in this guide are meant to be used both before and after showing the film, to give students context, to interpret the film, and to examine the issues that Malala Yousafzai cares so passionately about.

He Named Me Malala - Film Curriculum
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This discussion guide gives you the opportunity to continue Malala's work: to learn about the status of girls' education in the world today, to discuss what you have read about girls' education, to explore resources to learn more, and to seek ways to make a change in your own community and in the wider world.

He Named Me Malala - Film Discussion Guide
Credit: journeysinfilm.org

MY HERO recommends reading the following stories and watching Faith Middleton's speech. Students then consider the discussion questions and activity. 

Students Around the World Are Inspired by Malala

Malala Yousafzai

By: Trinity Kwon

Written by a Student from California, United States

Malala Yousafzai

By: Marta

Written by a Student from Croatia 

Malala Yousafzai

By: Harper

Written by a Student from Kosovo

ESL Students - Listen & Read Along With This Story by Jane Wallace

Malala Yousafzai

By: Jane Wallace
Malala Yousafzai speaks out for the rights of girls to have an education.

Faith Middleton uses the story of Malala to highlight the importance of inspiring and encouraging women and girls to use their voices to effect change. 

Faith Middleton - Connecticut Women's Hall of Fame

Producer: Connecticut Women's Hall of Fame

Faith Middleton's acceptance speech at the Connecticut Women's Hall of Fame. (5:02 minutes)

Discussion Questions and Activity

1. Malala is an advocate for girls' educational rights. Research where girls don't have the opportunity to go to school. Who is working for equal access to education in these countries? Share his or her story with MY HERO.

2. Why is it important for girls and women to use their voices to effect change? Are there women in your community working to effect change? Share their story with MY HERO. 

3. Identify a young hero working to make positive changes. What has your hero inspired you to accomplish? Share the story with MY HERO. 


Art and Music Inspired by the Young Activist Malala Yousafzai

International artists like Nina Cooper celebrate Malala's courage, fierce bravery and determination in unique narrative representations.

By: Nina Falaise Cooper

Artist Nina Falaise Cooper celebrates Malala's accomplishments through a narrative representation. Who is your hero? Consider creating a narrative representation through art about your hero's life and accomplishments. Then share your art with MY HERO.

Malala Yousafzai - 2012

Producer: MY HERO & The Pihcintu Multicultural Chorus

Malala's song performed by the Pihcintu Multicultural Chorus. (5:47 minutes)

Malala is honored through song for her advocacy for women's and children's rights to education. Who is your hero? Consider creating a piece of music to honor your hero and submit your song to MY HERO. 


Learning Outcomes

Students will develop critical thinking skills as they examine the inequality of access to education around the globe. Students will identify the women and girls in their own community working to effect positive change. Students will evaluate the power of using their own voice to inspire others and to make a positive difference in their community. 

Teachers: Visit MY HERO for additional curated multimedia resources celebrating Malala Yousafzai. 

Malala Yousafzai Multimedia Resource Organizer


Laura Nietzer

This curated lesson plan celebrating Malala Yousafzai was created by MY HERO Education Outreach Director Laura Nietzer.

Related Links

CNN: Malala Returns to Pakistan for First Time Since Attack

Students can share their Hero Essays, Films and Art through our Create Program

Organizer created on 6/20/2019 3:32:57 PM by Laura Nietzer

Last edited 6/26/2023 3:41:17 PM by Laura Nietzer