Paired Texts > Malala Yousafzai's Address to the United Nations, July 2013
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"Emma Watson's United Nations 'HeForShe: Gender Equality is Your Issue, Too' Speech" explores Watson's own experiences with gender inequality and the need for the participation of men to end it.Pair “Emma Watson’s United Nations: ‘HeForShe: Gender Equality is Your Issue, Too’ Speech” with “Malala Yousafzai’s Address to the United Nations, July 2013” and ask students to analyze the stance of each speaker on men’s involvement in the fight for women’s equality. Emma Watson says she wants “men to take up this mantle” and Malala Yousafzai says “we will do it by ourselves.” Why might each speaker have a different approach to men’s involvement?
This article reports on the efforts of Aansoo Kohli, a 20-year-old Pakistani woman, to bring education to her rural village in Pakistan.Pair “In Pakistan, a Self-Styled Teacher Holds Class for 150 in a Cowshed” with “Malala Yousafzai’s Address to the United Nations, July 2013” and ask students to describe what conditions students might experience in Pakistani schools. What other issues might prevent students in Pakistan from receiving a quality education?
In the informational text "Before Rosa Parks, There Was Claudette Colvin," Margot Adler discusses the not widely known actions of Claudette Colvin in the Civil Rights Movement.Pair “Malala Yousafzai’s Address to the United Nations, July 2013” with “Before Rosa Parks, There Was Claudette Colvin” to provide to students with another example of a girl who stood up for her beliefs. Ask students to discuss what motivated these two girls to act. Why do students think Malala Yousafzai was able to become a leader of a movement, while Claudette Colvin was overlooked by civil rights groups?
In the New York Times article "Key Black Leader Turns 60 On South Africa Prison Isle," John F. Burns discusses Nelson Mandela's fight against apartheid in South Africa and his experiences in prison after being arrested by the government.Pair “Malala Yousafzai’s Address to the United Nations, July 2013” with “Key Black Leader Turns 60 On South Africa Prison Isle” and ask students to discuss these two important figures of change. How does Malala Yousafzai attempt to create change in the world and how does this compare to Nelson Mandela’s efforts? How did both of these leaders suffer for their causes?
In "The Real 'Hacksaw Ridge' Soldier Saved 75 Souls Without Ever Carrying A Gun," Elizabeth Blair discusses how Desmond Doss saved his fellow soldiers and why he refused to carry a weapon.Pair “Malala Yousafzai’s Address to the United Nations, July 2013” with “The Real ‘Hacksaw Ridge’ Soldier Saved 75 Souls Without Ever Carrying A Gun” and ask students to discuss how Malala Yousafzai and Desmond Doss responded to violence. Compare their perspectives on violence. What are some similarities between their responses to violence? How did their respective time periods influence their perspectives on violence?
The informational text "The Spark That Brought Down Trujillo" describes how Rafael Trujillo's dictatorship was irreparably damaged after he had three sisters murdered.Pair “Malala Yousafzai’s Address to the United Nations, July 2013” with “The Spark That Brought Down Trujillo” and ask students to discuss how Malala Yousafzai and the Mirabal sisters’ experiences brought attention to injustice. How did the events surrounding Yousafzai and the Mirabal sisters contribute to change?
In the informational text "How A Typical Teen Did Something Not So Typical to Help Street Kids," Linus Unah describes the work of one charitable teen who created a nonprofit to help street kids in southern Nigeria.Pair “Malala Yousafzai’s Address to the United Nations, July 2013” with “How A Typical Teen Did Something Not So Typical to Help Street Kids” and ask students to discuss the challenges some children face accessing an education. What obstacles does Malala Yousafzai find that girls encounter when they attempt to get an education? How does this compare to the obstacles that homeless children in Nigeria face in pursuing an education? How are Yousafzai and James Okina helping children access education?
In "Harvey Milk Lives!", Thomas Pool describes the life and career of Harvey Milk, a gay rights activist and politician, who continues to inspire people to fight for equal rights.Pair “Malala Yousafzai’s Address to the United Nations, July 2013” with “Harvey Milk Lives!” and ask students to compare Malala Yousafzai and Harvey Milk. What obstacles did both Yousafzai and Milk face? Why did both Yousafzai and Milk choose to fight for what they believed in? How does their work continue to inspire others?
During the Yukon Gold Rush, a teenager, Walt, risks his life to help a neighbor.Pair “Malala Yousafzai’s Address to the United Nation, July 2013” with “The King of Mazy May” and have students compare how Malala and Walt were impacted by their different circumstances and environments. How did the time and place they lived in inspire both Malala and Walt to be brave?