by Girls of the Crescent
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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 “Girls of the Crescent: Meet the Two Teenagers Fighting for Better Representation in Books” to provide students with an informational text about another young woman who fought for change. Why were the girls inspired to make changes in their communities? What do the young women have in common? What changes were the girls able to make? What gives the girls the courage to stand up for their beliefs? Use evidence from the text to support your thinking.
Marley Dias: The 13-Year-Old Activist & Author
- Barrett Smith
In the informational text “Marley Dias: The 13-Year-Old Activist & Author,” Barrett Smith discusses the activism of a young girl who collects and donates books with black girls as the main characters.Pair “Marley Dias: The 13-Year-Old Activist & Author” with “Girls of the Crescent: Meet the Two Teenagers Fighting for Better Representation in Books” to provide students with information about activist Marley Dias. Dias started the campaign #1000blackgirlbooks. How are the experiences of the three girls similar? What does Dias’ campaign have in common with Mena and Zena’s work? What beliefs do Dias, Mena and Zena share? Use evidence from the text to support your thinking.