by Shel Silverstein
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Malala Yousafzai: A Normal Yet Powerful Girl
- NPR Staff
Malala Yousafzai (born 1997) is a Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest ever winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. Malala is from the Swat Valley in northwest Pakistan, where the local Taliban has banned girls from attending school. Malala, whose family ran a chain of local schools, publicly stood against the Taliban’s actions and launched an international movement, surviving an assassination attempt by the Taliban on October 9th, 2012. The article discusses this incredible young woman and her continuing advocation for universal women’s education.Pair “Malala Yousafzai: A Normal Yet Powerful Girl” with “Yesees and Noees” and ask students to discuss how Yousafzai is a “Thinkforyourselfee”. What has Yousafzai been able to achieve by thinking for herself?
The Many and the Few
- J. Patrick Lewis
In J. Patrick Lewis’ poem “The Many and the Few,” a speaker describes the historic moment when Rosa Parks refused to give her seat on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama.Pair “The Many and the Few” with “Yesees and Noees” and ask students discuss how the “Yesees”, the “Noees”, and the “Thinkforyourselfees” are present in J. Patrick Lewis’ poem. How does the poem explore ways in which it is dangerous to go along with other people’s opinions and beliefs? How does Rosa Parks exemplify the importance of thinking for yourself? What kind of impact can it have?
- Shel Silverstein
In Shel Silverstein’s poem “Underface,” a speaker describes the face they show to the world and the one that hides underneath.Pair “Underface” with “Yesees and Noees” and ask students to discuss how the two poems explore the idea of being true to yourself. Why might someone hide their ‘underface’? How does this compare to the reason someone might always say ‘yes’ or ‘no’, rather than thinking for themselves?
The Snake's Advice
- JonArno Lawson
In JonArno Lawson’s poem “The Snake’s Advice,” a snake gives advice to a distant ancestor of the human species.Pair “Yesees and Noees” with “The Snake’s Advice” and ask students to discuss how humans’ higher intelligence can lead to more complicated lives. Do animals have to determine whether they are a “Yesee,” a “Noee,” or a “Thinkforyourselfee”? Why or why not?