I Am Malala Discussion Questions

Instructor: Grace Pisano

Grace has taught high school history in several states with a master's degree in teaching.

In 2013, Malala Yousafzai wrote 'I Am Malala', a memoir of her upbringing in Pakistan, her fight for education and the adversity she faced. Use these questions in your middle or high school classroom to help students dig deeper into the text.

I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai

The story of Malala is a remarkable one of courage, persistence and overcoming adversity. Malala co-authored the book with Christiana Lamb in 2013. This book could be read in middle or high school history or English classrooms. The questions in this guide are divided into the following sections: questions on religion and culture, questions on Malala's life and quote questions. Use these questions in a discussion type of your choice to help students think critically about topics covered in the book.

Questions on Religion and Culture

  • How does Malala's interpretation of Islam vary from the common, Pakistani interpretation? How did this influence the course her life will take? What do you know (not think) about Islam? Do you think that Malala is correct that women can remain faithful to the Islamic faith and get an education?
  • What did you learn about the role of the Taliban in Pakistan? Did you know that its actions had an impact on so many common citizens throughout the country? How would you feel if an organization like the Taliban rose to power in our area?
  • While visiting Islamabad, a city in Pakistan, Malala is inspired by the women she sees who had educations and careers. Do you think these women also faced adversity in getting into that position?
  • How has this book changed the way you view your own education? What do you think Malala would say about the amount of students around the world who take their education for granted?
  • Why is it so important for females to have equal access to an education? Why do you think the Taliban tried so hard to prevent this?

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