A group of my seventh and eighth grade intermediate ESL students felt shocked and outraged after reading an article about the Taliban’s attack on 14-year-old award-winning activist, writer, and student Malala Yousafzai. They decided to write her letters in order to wish her a speedy recovery and to ask questions and express their feelings.
Quddus’s Letter to Malala: “I felt sorrow, I was weeping for your recovery.”
Diligence’s Letter to Malala: Human Rights
Muslim student Nadira felt compelled to explain the differences between her understandings of Islam and the images conveyed by the Taliban via the media.
- page 2 of Nadira’s letter
Angely’s Letter, page 1
Angely’s Letter, page 2: asking questions about regret
Mariah’s Letter to Malala: I think the Taliban should suffer.
Angel’s Letter: “You are like the second governor.”
16 thoughts on “Letters to Malala Yousafzai”
I love the letters they wrote! I’m trying to do something like this in my class, too. Did you actually send them to Malala? I can’t find an address!
Would love any insight
Hi Ms. Davidson: It was a wonderful experience to learn about Malala and write letters. We sent the letters to the Embassy of Pakistan in Washington, D.C. I do not know if or when they will be delivered to Malala, but I figured that the embassy would be interested in promoting positive American and Pakistani communication. I hope that your class decides to write letters! If you photograph or scan them, I would be happy to post them on this site.
c/o Embassy of Pakistan
3517 International Court NW
Washington, DC 20008
So helpful! Thank you very much!
I’ll try to remember to follow up here 🙂
We start the letters this Friday.
Hi, Jennifer I’m a production coordinator currently working on the production of a special TV programme of Malala Yousufzai for a Japanese TV and researching how her bravery has impacted on some people and their actions.
I saw the letters and videos by your students and thought they are wonderful and I would like to know more how you discuss Malala’s story with your students within the class / school.
My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
Is it possible to contact you via email or phone?
Thank you very much for your kind attention.
Hi Yoshiko: Thank you for writing to me. I have just e-mailed you with information about arranging a phone appointment. I would be honored to assist you with your production. Please comment back here if for any reason you do not see the email within the next few minutes.
I’ve got your email and replied. Thank you very much! Yoshiko
I am so glad I found this page. I am a veteran teacher, but am teaching ELL’s for the first time, combined with some very low readers. Do you (or does anyone else) happen to know of a lower-lexile version of Malala’s story that I could share with them as background for her speech? Thank you. It’s such an important story and topic.
Hello! Thank you for reading my site. I am traveling right now,so my only Internet is via phone, which is not a great way to research. I would be happy to create a lower Lexile version when I arrive home on Thursday. I can also post about adapting readings for ELLs. In my opinion, ELLs are the best, along with language-based LD students because they are very appreciative of their teachers. I will comment here once I have created the new post. 🙂 I agree with you that Malala’s story is so important as it shows the strength of a young woman determined to get her education. She is incredible! 🙂
Hello again, Amethyst! As promised, I created a post about adapting text with my adapted Malala article included. I hope you will find this resource and my post useful. Best, Jennifer
My daughter just finished a book on Malala. She wrote a letter and I tried extensively to find a place where she can write / post a letter she has written. I came across your work here so I am going to get her to type her letter here and hopefully she can see it posted here or elsewhere 🙂
thanks a lot
Siddiqa Sadiq ( email@example.com )
my name is Ayesha.Im 8 years old.I live in Canada I’m Pakistani.What I loved in your book is that you have confidence in yourself to beat the Taliban.And what I did not like is that the Taliban tried to kill you.Oh and by the way I’m also Pashtun.And I live in Chateauguay.I hope that I get to meet you one day.When I grow up I want to be a doctor.Please write back to me.
Love Ayesha Rehman.
Hi Siddiqa and Ayesha: How Sweet! Happy to publish here in the comments!
Thank you so much for posting the address for Ms. Yousafzi here in the comments that your students sent the letters to Malala. I just had one of my Chinese students write her a letter after reading her autobiography, and she was having trouble finding a mailing address. We are going to try sending it to her there and hope it works! I love that we both teach ELS students and have this letter writing project to help them get excited about reading and interacting with authors. God bless you and your work!
Hi Marianna: I believe that I send the letters to the Embassy of Pakistan in DC: https://embassyofpakistanusa.org/contact-us/
Good luck! I’m sure she will enjoy your students’ letters! 🙂