I Am Malala

By Malala Yousafzai with Christina Lamb

Right For Education

  • Covers almost sixteen years (1997-2013)
  • I Am Malala is a story on Pakistani girls' education
  • told by Malala Yousafzai. Malala feels that she has the right for girls to have education, but the Taliban is not making that easy.

Story Format- Conflict - Climax - Resolution

  • The main conflict was the Taliban, because the war was very disruptive of her life. The Taliban didn't want girls to have education, and all that Malala wanted was world peace.
  • The climax of the story is when Malala gets shot in the face. Her bus was stopped on the way home from school, and two Taliban people shot her in the face. (Her friends were also shot, but not as severely.)
  • The resolution of the story was her slowly but surely recovering in the hospital. She also ins a Nobel Peace Prize, but this happens before she gets shot.

"I took a photo of her and I vowed to do everything in my power to help educate girls just like her. This was the war I was going to fight." ( Reveals author's thoughts/ feelings/ lesson learned )

She means that she might not be able to help this girl 100%, but she was going to do anything she had to, to get girls the education that they need. This was going to put her life in a lot of danger, but she was willing to risk it for her goal.

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Figurative Language

"Once, I had asked God for one or two extra inches in height, but instead he made me as tall as the sky, so high that I could not measure myself."


This sentence doesn't literally mean that she is as tall as the sky. Malala is saying that she feels tall because of her courtesy and the impact the she made on the world.


"Even as a toddler you talked like a politician,"


This sentence means that she has the traits of a politician when they speak, but she doesn't talk about politics.


*These are both examples of similes*

"When people talk about the way I was shot and what happened, I think it's the story of Malala, "a girl shot by the Taliban" ; I don't feel like it's a story about me at all. "

Theme and quote explanation

Quote explanation: Malala is a very unselfish schoolgirl, who is trying to gain girls their rightfully deserved education, world peace, and change the world one step at a time.


Theme: Change the world one step at a time

By Caroline Hafner