Press Release

Share My Lesson Posts Common Core-Aligned Lesson Plan Involving Malala Yousafzai’s Campaign for Girls’ Education

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Tuesday, October 8, 2013


Janet Bass


WASHINGTON— As the world celebrates the publication of Malala Yousafzai's autobiography and notes the one-year anniversary of the attempt on her life because she advocates for girls' education, Share My Lesson—AFT's digital collection of teaching resources—has posted a lesson plan for taking Malala's campaign for girls' education into the classroom with instructional materials that are aligned to Common Care standards.  Share My Lesson is the nation's largest and online collection of free lesson plans, videos, tips and other resources for educators and parents. 

"Share My Lesson provides teachers with a Common Core-ready lesson that takes Malala Yousafzai's courageous advocacy for girls' education to classrooms. U.S. students will learn how they can help Malala in her fight to make access to a free public education for girls as well as boys—something we take for granted in the Western world—a reality throughout the world," said AFT President Randi Weingarten. 

Malala is the 16-year-old Pakistani schoolgirl and education activist who survived an assassination attempt by the Taliban. She has recovered and is living in Great Britain. Share My Lesson's Malala-centered lesson, targeted for grades 5-10, is aligned to the Common Core State Standards and is designed to teach students about human rights. It includes video of her speech at the United Nations earlier this year as well as other video materials, the petition that supports her campaign and other materials.

The AFT also will be marking the U.N.-declared Day of the Girl on Oct. 11, intended to reverse the devaluation of girls around the world and attempt to improve their lives and provide opportunities to reach their full potential. 

Share My Lesson has more than 268,000 free resources, thousands of which are aligned to the Common Core standards.

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About Share My Lesson

Share My Lesson was developed by the American Federation of Teachers, a union of over 1.5 million professionals, and TSL Education, creators of TES Connect, the largest network of teachers in the world. Share My Lesson is a place where educators can come together to share their greatest teaching resources and collaborate on best practices at no cost. Share My Lesson features a significant resource bank aligned to the Common Core State Standards, including advice and guidance to aid in their successful implementation.

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The AFT represents 1.7 million pre-K through 12th-grade teachers; paraprofessionals and other school-related personnel; higher education faculty and professional staff; federal, state and local government employees; nurses and healthcare workers; and early childhood educators.