Malala writes that she hopes that readers will realize that every pencil can be magic because the real magic is “in you, in your words, in your voice.” Children need opportunities to talk about issues that concern them and to be involved in broader issues that affect them. Talk to students about what it means to speak up for something you believe in. Encourage discussion about issues that affect them and let students brainstorm ways they can effectively share their insights and ideas and use their voices to be heard. If there is something they wish to speak out about, help them find ways to add their voice and to connect with others who share their concerns.
Do you believe in magic?
What are some different meanings of the word “magic”?
What are human rights?
How do human rights work?
What are some opportunities for you to speak up and make a difference?
Malala’s Magic Pencil: Teaching Guide from Penguin UK
One Person Makes a Difference lesson plan from Teach Peace Now
Social Justice Lesson Plans from NEA
Foster student voice with low-stakes writing assignments from Edutopia
Reading Is Fundamental support materials
Malala Yousafzai Biography video from Biography.com
“An Ordinary Hero” video from the Joan Trumpauer Mulholland Foundation
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