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3 Levels of Addressing Malala Questions

You will be assigned one of these 3 questions.  Then, you’ll need to address the question on 3 levels — see below.  You’ll need an example from all 3 levels.  You may use information you find online, videos, images, etc. – be creative in addressing your prompt.


1. Malala has said, “Let us pick up our book and our pens. They are our most powerful weapon.”
What do you think of this statement? Do you think education is a weapon?

2.  Why does the Taliban and groups like it want to prevent girls from being educated? Why do
you think these groups feel threatened by the education of women?

3. How important is it that every child have an opportunity to be educated? What do you think it
means to be educated?

Levels of addressing the question:

1. Answer the question while providing an example from the book.

2. Answer the question while providing an example from current events or history.

3.  Answer the question while providing an example from a book, movie, or your personal life.

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Posted by on September 28, 2014 in Uncategorized



Breakdown of Chapters 5-8

Page 69- Jessica Ch.- Malala was used to being top of her class but all of a sudden this new girl named Malka-e-Noor came to her class and she wanted to be Pakistan’s first female army chief. Malala thought that she could beat her but when competition day came she lost and she went home and cried about it.Then Malala and her family moved to another area.
70 – Karen V. – Malala is caught stealing from Safina , her first thought was that if Safina was stealing from her she would do the same. Malala’s mother asks her if she was trying to bring shame into their family.
72 – Jose – Malala was very disappointed in the act of stealing she has done, her father knew that she stole from Safina and he told her the mistakes great heroes have done when they were children. He told her stories of famous people like Mahatma Gandhi and Abraham Lincoln and how they dealt with mistakes. Malala has stated that ‘everyone in their life makes mistakes, but the important thing is that you learn from it’.
Page 73 – Yen – Malala talked about how Pashtun took vengeance. They would kill any male member of the attacker’s family and that family then took revenge in turn. The circle keeps going around and it seems like to never end. Pashtun believes they neither forget nor forgive which means they will remember what other people did to them. They will never forget a good deed or bad one and they also believe that kindness can only be repaid with kindness, not with “thank you”. Malala even pointed out an example about her father’s old classmate was killed because of a dispute with his cousins over a small plot of forest. She said that her father was a respected man in the community and often called on to solve feuds. He would try to persuade people that no one would gain anything from violence and try to get on with their lives.

74 – Caesar – People in Malala’s village believe in revenge because their crime rate is much lower than other non-Pashtun villages but Malala believes in a non-violent philosophy. Their politicians believe that stealing is no big deal either because the people of pakistan are very poor never seeing any kind of aid from the government but the politicians have a lot of resources including flats in London.

Pg. 75 – Tri – Nawaz Sharif was a prime minister at the time, and he had fallen out with his army chief General Pervez Musharraf. Musharraf was the fourth military dictator.

76 – Paola – Musharaff guaranteed to everyone that he was going to end the old federal system, but the people sometimes thaught it wasn’t a good idea.
Pg 77 – Joanna – Malala learns a lesson it is important to treat friends well. Friends have helped her father when he needed and that is something that cannot be forgotten. Moniba has become Malala’s best friend they do everything together and Malala sees Moniba like her older sister. Malala and Moniba decided to enter a public speaking competition.
78 – Linda – Malala has entered a speech competition with her friend Moniba, Malala’s grandfather comes making her nervous and when her speech is done she looks up at her father and he is smiling at her.
79. – 80 – Ricardo – She was involve in some speech competition her subject was about president Lincoln and she ended up being in second place. Her favorite show was “ Shaka Laka Boom Boom” it was bout a boy who had a magic pencil; everything he drew became real and Malala wanted one too.
81 – Liz – Scavenger children are children who go out and search throw rubbish looking for anything that could be sold for money. Malala’s mother acted more like an independent women for she would abandon a few of her “womanly duties” and go out to shop or visit the ill.
82 – Andrea – According to the culture in Pakistan, it is believed that if a women who has left her husband has brought shame on her family. And from there who family would now want nothing to do with her at all.
pg 85 – Jessica Ca. – Malala’s father became an inspiring speech writer about love,honor killings and women rights this meant that he had less time to spend time with his family. After 9/11 everything changed Osama was living in Kandahar after the attack on the worlds trade center which lead Americans to need the help of Afghanistan.
86 – Maggie – Osama Bin Laden is seen as a hero to religious people after 9/11. Some people would say that 9/11 was a revenge to the United States and didn’t care that the people from the world trade center were innocent.
87 – Griselda – The ISI chief led Americans to believe he was on their side, but he was also helping the Talibans. Women would not be declared widow if there was no proof their men were deceased. same one has the show to make everyone happy.
pg.88 – Gaby – The Musharraf was abusing the money they received from the American government for their own use. Meanwhile Malala’s father was disgusted to see what was going on but knows he can’t do anything about it.
pg.89 and 90 – Yvette – Malala is praying to God asking for help and wants him to make her perfect.  Things with the school were going good and Malala’s father thought everything was going great but then this man, Ghulamullah wanted the school gone.

91 – Karen G. – Maulana tried to close their school, and in 1947 British India was separated, in which two million of people were killed trying to cross the border.

pg.94 – Miriam – The Mufti went to Malala’s home to try to convince her father that he should close the school because girls shouldn’t be attending. Malala’s father objected and claimed to be Muslim.

Pg.96 – Miriam – Zia began something called enlightened moderation, which opened up media including women and celebrations such as New Year’s Eve. In 2002 there was elections held by Musharraf and the MMA alliance won  with his support and support gro religious Pashtuns who were angry with the American invasion.

98 – Gaby – Malala’s father has had enough with the Mufti yet he also knows that they won’t give up and that their problems are going to get a lot worse than they are.
99 – Maggie – The tribal agencies are ran by Maliks in these tribal areas there’s not many hospitals or schools, and women can’t read. The army enters the tribal areas for the first time on March 2014 and many soldiers are killed because most men in South Waziristan carry weapons.
pg 100 – Jessica Ca. – After the U.S was tricked by the leader Nek Mohammad they sent  a drone that killed him instantly and the persons around him.There were other three attacks that involved the death of young boys to other innocent people which they thought was  where al-Qaeda was hiding directed by the U.S.
103 – Andrea – Malala says that us Muslims believe our fate is written by God. After Malala’s mom had complained about living in those apartments in Mingora. Her father Ziauddin had enough and said that “If you believe in God you would stay here” and “God has given us power to forget, so when the tragedy is over we carry on as normal”.
Pg104 – Joanna – 73,000 people had been killed and 128,000 injured from the earthquake. Everyone stared raising money, and asking for donations from people they knew. They received five trucks of food from the company Lahore which supplied the schoolbooks.

Pg. 105 – Linda – There was an earthquake that devastated near where Malala is from, a lot of aid could not be brought to certain areas because of the terrain or sometimes locals would crowd underneath the helicopters.

107 – Paola – After the earthquake many people died, and 11,000 orphan children had lost everything.

Tri – The leader of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) is a passionate professor from Lahore called Hafiz Saeed, who is often in the television calling on people to attack India. The Jamaat-ul-Dawa (JuD) set up a large field hospital with medical technologies and rooms for patients.

111 – Caesar – 111- When Malala was ten the Taliban came into her valley but they did not call themselves the Taliban to begin with because they didn’t look like what Malala had seen photos of. They were always dirty and never shaved. People started calling them Tor Pekai. Aba’s friends described them as “people deprived of baths and barbers.”

112 – Yen – Malala was ten when the Taliban came to her valley. Their leader was Maulana Fazlullah, a 28-year-old who used to operate the pulley chair to cross the Swat River and whose right leg dragged because of childhood polio. He used to study in the madrasa of Maulana Sufi Mohammad, the founder of the TNSM, and married his daughter. After Sufi Mohammad was imprisoned in 2002, Fazlullah took over the leadership. After the earthquake, he first showed up in Imam Deri and set up a radio station. Most people did not have TV or they were illiterate and soon they knew about Mullah FM, Fazlullah as the Radio Mullah. At first, he showed to be a wise man, an Islamic reformer and an interpreter of the Quran and many people started liking him. He used the radio station to convince people to abandon bad habits such as smoking, tobacco, heroin and adapt good habits that he thinks are good. He even showed people how to pray correctly and wash their body parts. Fazlullah sometimes gave out reasonable speech but the other times, he would threaten and forcefully tell people what to do.

113 – Jose – Fazullah was a wise but evil Taliban Leader he hacked into a radio station Illegally and started speaking to the people about how to better improve themselves, but at the same time he wanted them to stop listening to music, watching movies and dancing in which that was the cause of the earthquake. Many people believed him because they thought he would get rid of the Pakistani Justice System and by six months people got rid their TVs, DVDs and CDs. Many shops closed voluntarily and the owners who closed them were paid compensation by the Taliban.

115 – Karen V. – Hidayatullah warns them about the army & states they try to be the nice guys and capture the bad ones once they have everyone on their side they become the bad ones and to be careful.

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Posted by on September 28, 2014 in Uncategorized


Breakdown of Chapters 3 & 4

40 – Rosibel – Malalas Mother didn’t feel worthy of being with Malalas father because he has such knowledge compared to her she didn’t have much.

41 – Karen G. – Malala’s father was grateful for the knowledge he received, since females were not allowed to have one. His father wanted him to be a doctor, but he continued on his education path and believed that corruption in Pakistan was because people were not educated.

42 – Alan – Many people in sewoor didn’t get along with each other, teachers didn’t teach the gujars which were a group of people that looked after buffalo, malalas father had a lot of respected for the gujar because of there hard lives after he  graduated he  would spend time educating the gujars.

43 – Most teachers would not really care and would not teach to the students but her uncle was different he really liked teaching the students. Her father volunteered and thats when his brother in law saw him and offered him if he wanted to stay with him to go to college.

45 – Gaby – Malala’s father became very involved in education that he even became apart of the PSF , It’s been said if he was rich he could’ve been president.44 – Miriam – Malala’s father moves in with Nasir Pacha and his wife Jajai to their home in Spal Bandi where women were able to go out more. Her father was able to go to college and during college, elections were held and won by their first female prime minister Benazir Bhutto.

46 – Yvette – Many people in Pakistan debated about the book, “The Satanic Verses” by Salman Rushdie, because they didn’t like it and wanted it banned and violence broke out in front of the American Center.

48 – Griselda – Naeem was upset because Malala’s father would welcome guest in their property, eventhough they didn’t have any money.47 – Maggie – Having different ideas in values, Mala’s father and Naeem decide to open an English school, since many tourist visit Swat. Landikas is the place where Malala’s father and Naeem  open their English school.

49 – Liliana – Malala’s father became involved in student politics he became general secretary of the PSF. He becomes friends with ul-Haq Haqqani who was her fathers ex-rival.

50 – Andrea – Running a school in Pakistan is as if you are committing  crime. According to Malala’s father, it should never be a crime just to run a school and nor should anyone ever just bribe to get paid for that kind of stuff. Malala’s father is just trying to educate the children of our future and also exclaims that the government is no ones boss. Technically the government is here to help everyone else, the government is just taking salaries and here to serve people. we are the ones who are educating the children and people.

51 – Lizeth – Malala’s father, Ziauddin Yousafzai, is a creative, strong minded, and not a businessman, therefore he struggled greatly in trying to keep his beloved school running. mostly due to money issues. Ziauddin, also, married the loved of his life but kept the wedding a secret for no money meant he couldn’t afford to entertain his guests.

52 – Jessica Ca. – Malala was talking about her different traditions in her culture when a marriage is arranged such as ; seeing each other for first time, sitting a boy to encourage the birth of a son , and moving in with the husbands family. The family has to give gold, furniture,or a fridge which is also part of their tradition.

53 – Noemi – Malala’s father is in debt due to all the money he owes so him and his wife work together to find a solution that will help them get the money he needs. In their culture, communication and appreciating your wife isn’t very common but Malala’s father does just that.

54 – Joanna –

-Malala’s father did not get a good price for the bangles.
-the area where they lived was flooded.
-the home and school was destroyed everything was cover in mud.
-after ten days there was a second flood.

55 – Linda – Malala was born on July 12,1997. There was a parade in Swat to celebrate Pakistan’s anniversary; Malala’s father protested the parade was arrested and received a fine.

56 – Ricardo – Malala’s father really cared about education; she liked school ever since she was a little girl.

Page 57- Jessica Ch. –  The people that live in Swat didn’t realize that the tragedy that happen in September 11,2001 would change their world and it would bring war into their valley.
60 – Tri – While on the road, Malala and her family were on their way to the gate to Shangla Top. When they arrived, they saw the snow of Malam Jabba, fresh springs, waterfalls, and they stopped for a break.
61 – Trinidad – Shahpur was the largest Barkana where Malala father grew and Karshat was where Malala mother lived.
62 – Bree – Malala explains that the village of Karshat use the White Mountain like a clock.
63 – Caesar – Ten million Pashtuns live outside their homeland and will never return having to work to maintain their families new life style. Their Village had no hospital having to go to Shahpur in case of emergency.
64 – Jose – Malala is a very young modern girl, her idea of modern does not apply to other Pashtun girls.She likes to read books and not walk barefoot like the others, her family would tell her to cook a chicken for them and she would say “No the chicken is innocent”. Malala would go on trips with her family to fish, and she loved to play games with her friends especially one called “weddings” in which they pretended to get married with one another, just like in a traditional Pashtun wedding.
65 – Jovanny – On a mock wedding they would prepare the bride, once she was done, she would cry and they would have to comfort her by telling her encouraging words. There would be times when a family would go into debt for making a big wedding that would go on for a couple days. Malala’s grandma and aunts would often tell them scary stories so that they could get things done.
66 – Karen V. – The code of conduct is where womans treatment is highly observed. Malala wore fashionable clothes & didn’t cover her face unlike other women.

67 – Yen – Malala started talking about the conflicts within her society. It’s about treating women, they can be given to resolve a feud like objects and nobody can marry a widow with the permission of her family. A woman’s life can be ruined just to settle a dispute that she has nothing to do with. Malala’s father told her that life was harder for women in Afghanistan. Under Taliban’s control, girls’ schools were destroyed, men had to grow beards as long as lanterns and for women, they suffer ridiculous things. They had to wear burqas, on hot days, it is like an oven and they are not allowed to laugh out loud and prohibited from wearing white since it’s “men’s color”. Some of them got locked up and beaten just because they were wearing nail varnish. Malala enjoys reading books and believes in freedom, one day shall be regained.

Page 68- Jessica Ch. – Malala used to say that girls could go to school but the Taliban were just around the corner. Her father used to tell her that he will protect her freedom and to just carry on with her dreams.

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Posted by on September 26, 2014 in Uncategorized


Outline Peer-Review Workshop

You will need to meet with two people who will talk to you about two different types of issues.  Please choose a person from each of the two categories.  When you’re giving feedback to your classmate, it’s not enough to say “Yes, it does” or “No, it doesn’t” when answering questions — help your classmate fix the problem.  If you don’t know how, call me over and I’ll help.

Category 1 — Content — this person will focus on WHAT you’re writing about

Questions to ask:

1. Are all 5 parts of the narrative present and complete?

2. Does the situation set up background information?

3.  Does the conflict clearly present a problem in a sentence or two?

4.  Does the struggle list all of the things that happened chronologically?

5.  Is there a result in the outcome?

6.  Is the meaning a bigger-picture message or lesson that can be applied to almost all situations?

7. Is there a topic sentence?  A concluding sentence?


Category 2 — Language — this person will focus on HOW you’re writing

1.  Are there any issues with capitalization?

2.  What punctuation issues can you fix (quotation marks, periods, commas, etc.)?

3.  Are there any run-ons (two sentences trying to squeeze into one)?  Ways to fix run-ons:

period  .     or    semi-colon ;      or    comma , with one of the FANBOYS

4.  Is the language academic and formal instead of casual and too friendly/full of slang words?

5.  Does the writer only use 3rd person (he, she, they)? Some special cases might use 1st person (I/me).

6.  Is the narrative about one, specific event?

7.  Is there a clear problem/issue that drives the story or is there nothing happening?


Category 1: Mayra Ch., Quiyet, Karen, Benito, Thalia, Shantal. Era, Miguel, Oscar, Ernesto, Ruth, Neiby, Catherine, Marco

Category 2: Amanda, Brenda, Michelle, Erika, Erain, Genesis, Robert, Jesica, Emily, Alma, Alyssa, Mayra Ca., Jasmin

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Posted by on September 23, 2014 in Uncategorized


Pashtun Sayings

The stone of Pashto does not rust in water.

The Pashtun took revenge after twenty years and another said it was taken too soon.

Half a doctor is a danger to one’s life.

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Posted by on September 21, 2014 in Uncategorized


Fall Play – Julius Caesar

Freshman Experience will be providing our annual special cultural event for our students.
o   Julius Caesar
o   Special Performance – Thursday Oct. 2, 2014
§  6:00 pm Dinner
·        Johnson Center Patio
·        Catered by
§  6:45 pm Pre-Play Activity
§  7:30 pm Play
·        Phillips Hall
o   Tickets
§  $10.00
§  Dinner and Play
§  Students may invite guests
Payment is due by Sept 24 to either me (Nidzara) or your counseling teacher (Ms. Nguyen).
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Posted by on September 15, 2014 in Uncategorized


FEP Parent Orientation

Info about the annual FEP Parent Orientation on Thursday, Sept. 25th from 6:15 – 7:30pm. 
This is a time where parents can learn more about Freshman Experience, How College Works, and How they can assist their college student to be successful.
Information will be provided in English and Spanish and there will be a time for Questions and Answers.  
You can tell your students that no specific information can be given to their parents about their progress without their permission. J

We will be going over more generic information about college. See attached.
We will be providing a “proof of attendance”so students can get extra credit.

Share with parents:

Tips for Parents of New College Students

Steve Bautista, Counselor / Co-Coordinator, Freshman Experience
(714) 564-6873 

Be understanding and supportive of your student the first several weeks or months of college. This can be a rough time as your student adjusts to the college environment.  Courses are demanding, frequently requiring two to three hours of study outside of class for every hour the student spends in class.  This requires the student to manage his or her time in new and more efficient ways as they try to juggle the demands of school, home responsibilities and work.

The student needs a place to study where he or she can concentrate without major distractions.  This could be a place in the home or the student may find it easier to study in our library on campus.

Resist the urge to rescue your student. During college, students should learn how to solve their own problems. Encourage your student to use the campus resources so that they will know how to resolve a situation.

Think about your student’s new calendar – the beginning of school, midterms, and finals are very stressful times. Your support and encouragement during these times are extremely important.

Be patient with your student if they change their major. College offers many degree programs and your student will learn about different programs and career opportunities during their first year. It is very common for students to change their major a couple of times.

Understand that your student will be going through a stage of exploration. Students should be finding out who they are and what they believe in, yet this may not always be in agreement with parents. Keep lines of communication open and be supportive of changes in your student.

Encourage your student to meet new people. A college environment offers opportunities for students to meet other people from around the world and learn about different cultures and countries.

Encourage your student to get involved on campus with activities. This is a valuable experience for your student and can make a difference when applying for jobs during or after college. Research indicates that students who are involved on campus have a higher level of satisfaction with their institution, perform better academically, and persist to graduation. SAC sponsors several student organizations as well as a variety of other programs and activities.

Respect and trust your student’s ability to make decisions. This builds self-esteem and self-confidence. Show your student that you believe he or she is capable, and your son or daughter will develop the confidence to handle himself or herself in challenging situations.

Keep an open mind to their ideas, experiences, and opinions. College is a young adult’s opportunity to grow and establish an identity through the exploration of ideas, values, interests, majors, professions, and the many faces of diversity. Have faith that you have raised your student well and try to be supportive of your student’s exploration by providing him or her with the freedom to discover different interests.

Allow your student to make mistakes. Of course, this is a difficult suggestion, but it is important. Some of your student’s most valuable learning experiences are a result of learning from his/her mistakes. Don’t be too hard on your son or daughter when he or she makes a mistake.

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Posted by on September 15, 2014 in Uncategorized