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I am Malala
By: Malala Yousafzai
MCHS: Grade 12 Summer Reading Project
Completion Due Date: September 5, 2016
Follow the directions to create a reading journal with the following entries.
Type out all responses; print out a copy to submit in class; save the electronic
copy on your google drive account. You will be asked to share the document
later.
Table of Contents:
A. Prologue:
 Print a Map of Pakinstan: point out the Swat Valley region where
Malala lived.
 read the Prologue and list at least five facts about Pakistani culture
and their beliefs;
 go online and research other relevant facts and a create a chart to
show data/information about the country.
B. SAY MEAN MATTER CHART
Create Say Mean Matter Chart with 1 significant passage/quote for each
chapter. A template model is attached. You can download an electronic
copy from the MCHS website (www.sausd.us/middlecollege)-- locate
Ms. Nguyen’s teacher site; the document is listed under English
Documents). Be sure to type in the boxes.
Part One: Before the Taliban
Part Two: The Valley of Death
Part Three: Three Girls, Three Bullets
Part Four: Between Life and Death
Part Five: A Second Life
Epilogue
C. Critical Reading Responses: (pick 2 topics from the list; type minimum of
one page for each response/double spaced; be sure to type the questions
on top of your paper and include your responses underneath; use
concrete details by citing text evidence to inform your discussion.)
 Describe Malala’s family. How do she and her brothers interact like
most siblings? Explain how her family is different from her relatives
in the rural mountain village of Shangla. Contrast the views of
Malala’s mother and father toward women. How does her mother
change after Malala is shot?
 Malala is named for the Malala, the Pashtun heroine who was an
inspiration to her people for courage. Consider whether Malala’s
father had great plans for his daughter when he named her? How
does Malala live up to her name? Cite specific evidence/passages
from the book that best illustrate Malala’s courage. How is Malala
inspired by her father’s courage? Explain how it takes courage for
anyone to stand up to change.
 The code of purdah requires women to cover themselves in public.
Malala notices that the women who visit her home are different
when they remove the headscarves and veils. What does she see in
them that they don’t see themselves? How does watching these
women cause Malala to make a declaration about the kind of
Muslim girl and woman she wants to be? Why does this
determination shock and upset her mother and her extended
family? How does visiting women relatives in Shangla make Malala
confused and sad about the role of women?
 Contrast the ways boys and girls are treated in Pakistan beginning
at birth. Malala’s father places her name on the family tree. It is
the first female name on the family in 300 years. Explain the
symbolism of this bold act by her father. Malala’s father tells her
that he will protect her freedom. Why does he blame himself when
the Taliban attacks Malala? How does her mother soothe his
thoughts?
 Malala values education, and takes pride in being an excellent
student. Some American students take education for granted.
What might Malala say to these students. Use specific examples
from the book to show her point of view.
 The Pastunwali code has a tradition of revenge. How is this in
conflict with what Malala’s parents teach their children? After
Malala steals earrings from Safina, her friend since Malala’s was
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eight (out of revenge for Safina’s alleged stealing of Malala’s toy
telephone), Malala learns that revenge is bitter. How does this
lesson define her character, and the kind of woman she wants to
become?
Discuss how militant groups like the TNSM instill fear in the
Pakistani people?
Explain the following quote: “Inside the Khushal School we flew on
wings of knowledge” (34). Why are these extremists threated by
educated girls? At what point does the school fall under “the
shadow of Radio Mullah”?
Discuss the meaning of the following simile: “My father is like a
falcon, the one who dared to fly where others would not go.”
Malala’s father takes on the Taliban by writing a letter to the
newspaper, and receives praise from his friends. Explain the
metaphor: “You have put the first stone in standing water.” What
is the stone? What is the water?
Define terrorism: At what point does Malala understand the true
meaning of terror? How is terrorism different from war? What
does Malala mean when she says, “War and Terrorism had become
child’s play?” The Pashtunwali code prohibits the killing of women,
but the Taliban murdered Benazir Bhutto, the first woman prime
minister of Pakistan. How does this brutal act cause Malala to step
up her efforts on behalf of Muslim women?
How does Malala’s family see possibility when others see danger?
Discuss how Malala becomes “immune to fear.” Use specific
textual evidence to explain your ideas.
D. Malala’s Speeches: View the following videos and respond to the
reflection prompt.
 Youtube: Malala’s Speech at the United Nations
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QRh_30C8l6Y
 Youtube: Malala’s Nobel Peace Prize address
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MOqIotJrFVM
Malala says, “My face is my identity.” How is her face a symbol of hope for
Muslim girls throughout the world? What lessons might all girls, regardless of
culture or religion, take from Malala’s story? In addition, what might Americans
learn from Malala’s story? Write a response (minimum of 2 typed pages/double
spaced) using facts you have learned.
Say Mean Matter Chart Template:
I Am Malala
Say: select a
quote/significant passage
from the text.
Identify the chapter; type out
the quote with “” marks and
include (p.#).
Part One
Example:
1. A Daughter is
Born: “________”
(#).
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
Part Two
9.
10.
11.
12.
13.
14.
15.
Mean: Paraphrase in your
own words what that
passage means by rewording.
Matter: Express your
understanding of the
significance of this quote.
What does it show? What
connections did you make?
How is this quote relevant?
Why is this quote thoughtprovocative?
Part Three
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Part Four
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Part Five
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Epilogue
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