Paired Text Lesson, Malala Yousafzai Nonfiction Speech and "Brave" Song

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147 Ratings
Julie Faulkner
Grade Levels
8th - 11th, Homeschool
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31 pages
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Being able to compare two texts is important for our state testing. This was a helpful resource for that! Thanks!
My students loved studying Malala and this resource was great for them to truly analyze this speech. LOVED it and will definitely use again!


My paired poetry and text lessons allow numerous standards to be covered as you move through unpacking the rich texts included. With the lesson plan provided along with answers, you'll have what you need in a no-prep fashion to conduct this text-based lesson for Earth Day with success. It also makes the perfect lesson for test-prep as students are required to synthesize between two texts.

Student Experience: This paired text lesson juxtaposes pop culture's song "Brave" and Malala Yousafzai's "Speech to the UN" in order to spark a deep discussion and analysis of theme development across texts. Its ultimate goal is for students to be able to delineate how theme develops and how two different texts can share the same theme. With a current speech and modern song as the two texts, students will be able to make connections, get creative, and see relevancy to their world as well.


- Lesson plans

- Prompts

- Classroom posters

- Questions and answers

- Activities for Comparison

- Creative Project

Thematically related to:

--bullying and national bullying month

--Halloween, if you are looking to explore the idea of being brave with an out-of-the-box approach

--back to school to inspire students to be themselves

--The New Year to spark solid New Year resolutions

-- Women's History Month

Classroom Success Stories from Other Teachers Who Have Tried this Resource:
♥ "Excellent resource! This fits right in with our character development program (this month it is Anti-Bullying), and some of my kids are reading I Am Malala right now. I appreciate how it fits into the Common Core, as well. Thank you!"

♥ "This will be a great addition to my Women Who Changed the World course. Thank you."

♥ "I love your lessons with paired texts. I used this in conjunction with reading the novel The Breadwinner with 7th graders. The multiple choice questions were a bit tough for my groups and I had to modify the essay at the end. Overall, my students loved the texts and made many connections to the novel and the THEMES that all 3 shared."

♥ "We used this to teach our speech unit in 7th grade. The kids were so interested in her life that I could have easily made a whole research unit about her."

♥ "I absolutely LOVE this! Thank you for a Unit that is creative, yet still academically rigorous!"

Take a look at my additional speech resources:

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Patrick Henry Teaching Pack

MLK,Jr and To Kill a Mockingbird Speeches Teaching Pack and Prompt

Gun Control Speeches Prompt Pack

Speech Analysis Task Cards for Any Speech

Women's History Speeches Teaching Pack

Speech Analysis Worksheets for any Speech

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Total Pages
31 pages
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Teaching Duration
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.
Analyze how two or more texts address similar themes or topics in order to build knowledge or to compare the approaches the authors take.


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