I am Malala
By: Malala Yousafzai
Tackk By: Karsyn W.
Biography Project for Mrs. Hemry's 8th Grade Language Arts Class
Malala was born on July 12, 1997 in Pakistan. She now lives in Birmingham.
Significant Events in History that Affected Malala's Life
- There was an earthquake on Oct. 8th of 2005
- 9/11 occured when she was four
- The Taliban took over her city telling everyone what to do
- In 2010 a Monsoon flooded the city with 2,000 people killed
- She was riding the bus one day when she was shot in the head by the Taliban
When Malala was little she was always competing for the best in her class. Even now she still does this. Almost every year she was voted class Proctor. Proctor is a person who monitors students during an examination. I consider this a big accomplishment. Also, before the Taliban took over she and her brothers would play cricket outside of their house. Malala loved to watch television. Her favorite show was Ugly Betty. Ugly Betty was established here in the U.S. Malala loved going to school. She was very upset when the Taliban forbade girls to go to school. This is how she started her campaign.
People Who Influenced Her Life
- The person who greatly influenced her life was her Father Ziaddin. She considered him her hero. He was also the person who inspired her to start her campaign. It could also be the reason she was shot. Her father encouraged her to make speeches around the world for all the girls who want to go to school but can't.
- Another person was her best friend Moniba. Like typical friends they would fight, but they were always back together as best friends. Moniba was the one who caught her on the bus when she was shot and passed out.
Unique Facts about Malala
- She is double jointed.
- She likes cupcakes and not candy.
- She hates eggplant and green peppers, but loves pizza.
- She hates wearing make-up and jewelry.
- Her favorite color is pink.
- She didn't like how dark her skin was so she tried to lighten it.
- She hates to cook.
- She is considered an adult at age 14 and most girls are married at 15, but she wanted to stay in school and not get married.
- After she was shot, she was in a coma and was flown to a hospital in Birmingham. She nearly died.
- Voted class proctor almost every year
- Has received many awards and prizes from school including a Top Student Award
- In 2010 she was elected Madam Speaker
- Just this past year, 2014, she won a Nobel Peace Prize
- She has a day named in her honor which is July 14.
The Theme of Her Life
Her life story is to stand up for what you believe in, no matter what. Also the them of her life is that a cheerful attitude can overcome obstacles. It could also be that we create our own destiny and that persistence pays off.
Words of Advice
- "This is not the stone age, but it feels like we are going backward. Girls are getting more deprived of our rights." (Pg. 71)
- "It doesn't matter what I look like. I am alive. I was thankful." (Pg. 145)
- "My face. It doesn't matter, God has given me a new life." (Pg. 156)
- "Its my face. And I accept it. Now, you must accept it too." (Pg 156)
What She Has Taught Me
I have learned so much from Malala. I've learned that you should always stand up for what you believe in even when it's difficult. Also, that even if you are considered famous, you are just a normal person. The most important thing I learned though was that it doesn't matter what you look like, just be glad you are you.
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