ELA 4: Malala and Self-Expression

Did you know you could win a Nobel prize just for blogging? Well, not just for blogging. But for the things you blog about and the social impact it has. We'll learn about how Malala did just that in today's video.

4th GradeLanguage Arts
Elementary and Middle School4th Grade
LanguageEnglish Language

Transcript

00:27

And just in case you were like, "eh, pretty good, but that list could use one more…"

00:31

then never fear!

00:33

Blogs are here!

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The word "blog" might sound like a cat trying to cough up a hairball, but they're a bit [Cat coughs up a hairball]

00:38

more pleasant than that.

00:39

A blog is basically an online journal or diary. [Coop pointing at a blackboard]

00:41

And yes, there could be a blog about cats coughing up hairballs. [Blog titled 'Sophie's Hairballs]

00:44

Back in the olden days, people would use journals to record events and experiences in their life… [Person writing with a quill]

00:49

…and they'd usually hide it away from prying eyes.

00:51

With a blog, though, these personal experiences and thoughts are published on the Internet… [Guy hiding his diary under the bed]

00:55

…often made public so that anyone can read them. [Dino pointing at a blackboard]

00:58

Because hey, you never know when someone might be super interested in the history of cats [Girl using a laptop whilst surronded by cats]

01:01

and hairballs.

01:02

Because blogs are public rather than private, people sometimes write them to convince others [Guy windsurfing crashes]

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to agree with them…

01:07

…or to bring attention to an important issue. [Guy with a head bandage on writing that kitesurfing is a bad idea]

01:09

Whether that's corruption in city council…

01:11

…or a 50% reduction of chocolate chips being used in the school cafeteria's chocolate chip

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cookies, in either case, the truth needs to get out. [Kid runs away with half the chocolate chips]

01:18

One person who used a blog to change things was Malala Yousafzai, [Picture of Malala]

01:22

a young activist from Pakistan.

01:24

When she was only eleven years old, she started a blog about how difficult life was in Pakistan. [Malala typing her blog]

01:28

She lived in a part of the country controlled by a terrorist group called the Taliban.

01:32

They caused a lot of conflict and suffering in Pakistan… [Pakistan shown on the map]

01:35

…and among other things, sometimes banned girls from attending school. [Someone puts a no girls allowed sign up]

01:38

Although some kids might rejoice in being banned from school… [Kids looking happy on the school bus]

01:41

…Malala was definitely not one of them, and she was going to take matters into her

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own hands.

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Most people were afraid of the Taliban, and scared to speak out against them. [Picture of Taliban fighters]

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After all, they're a terrorist organization, so if they're good at anything, it's creating terror. [The Taliban makes a kid drop his ice cream]

01:53

But Malala didn't care.

01:55

In her blog she wrote about how it was wrong for education to be denied to anyone.

01:59

She reached a huge audience…

02:00

…and ultimately became the youngest person to ever win a Nobel Prize. [Malala holding her Nobel Prize]

02:04

Yup. Blogs can be revolutionary.

02:06

…No, not the cat hairball blog.

02:08

You won't be winning a Nobel Prize for that.

02:10

Sorry to burst your bubble. [Girl looks disappointed]