By: Christopher Connor

How are people empowered, and why is empowerment important?

After reviewing multiple sources, "Empowerment is when an individual decides to fight for what they feel is right."

"Malala's shooters arrested nearly two years on" by Newsela Staff

The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau

Pendragon: The Soldiers of Halla by D.J. MacHale

“The Little Engine that Could” by Watty Piper

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Pendragon: The soldier of Halla D.J. MacHale 513

Bobby wants to make the world right by making one last stand against the army of dados (robots) He has assembled an army and is planning to attack their fortress. The army that Bobby has assembled are the outcasts that no-one cares about because only the perfect get to live a good life. Other people are killed and sent away. Bobby is fighting for what he thinks is right and is going to attack the evil empire.
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The Little Engine that Could Watty Piper 19

The other trains were very hesitant to help but the little blue engine helped even though she wasn't sure that she would be able to do it. The little engine wanted to get the toys and food to all of the little children on the other side. She said “I think I can, I think I can, I think I can, I think I can, I think I can, I think I can, I think I can.” This made her feel good and push as hard as she could up the big mountain.
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The City of Ember Jeanne DuPrau 46-47

Doon is trying to find the generator and he wants to figure out how it works so he can fix it. Doon wants to be able to save ember and be a hero. If he fixes the generator then everyone will give him that glory that he also wants.
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Malala's shooters arrested nearly two years on Newsela Staff

Malala is fighting for women's rights even though she is in danger from terrorists. She got shot in the head and is still fighting for what she believes is the right thing.
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Pendragon: The soldier of Halla D.J. MacHale 582

The “exceptional” people are teaming up with the exiles and they are fighting against Saint Dane and the dados. These people believe that they have been doing the wrong thing helping Saint Dane so they are fighting back and winning.
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The City of Ember Jeanne DuPrau 87

The people are starting a riot because the mayor says that there are solutions and no one thinks there are. These people are making a stand because they want to live and thrive.
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People are empowered by knowing and believing what is right. They decide to fight for it because they want to help. Empowerment is important because if people weren't empowered, we wouldn't know what the other people were thinking. This would be a problem because we could not be a democracy. People would keep their thoughts to themselves and wouldn't vote or think by themselves.
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