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Bringing Text to Life: Enhancing Introduction to Sociology with the Memoir "I Am Malala"
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Introduction to Sociology
Social Problems
Non-Traditional Texts
Sociological Perspective
Sociological Imagination
Malala Yousafzai

How to Cite

Oslawski-Lopez, Jamie. 2020. “Quot”;. TRAILS: Teaching Resources and Innovations Library for Sociology, January. Washington DC: American Sociological Association.


In this Text to Life assignment prepared for undergraduate, Introduction to Sociology courses, students read the memoir "I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World" by Malala Yousafzai with Patricia McCormick; write an essay that summarizes the memoir and then examines Malala’s story from a sociological perspective; prepare for...

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Subject Area(s):
Introduction to Sociology/Social Problems
Resource Type(s):
Assignment, Class Activity, Essay
Class Level(s):
College 100
Class Size(s):

Usage Notes

The Text to Life assignment begins with the instructor introducing the assignment by listing it on the syllabus and discussing it during the first-class meeting, then reviewing the assignment more thoroughly in-class about a month before the due date(s). Students proceed to read the memoir, write an essay that summarizes and examines the account from a...

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Learning Goals and Assessments

Learning Goal(s):

  1. Students will 1) apply the sociological perspective and concepts to lived experiences and 2) communicate their sociological insights both in written and verbal formats.

Goal Assessment(s):

  1. Learning goals are assessed as students 1) complete the essay, 2) prepare for and participate in the class discussion, and 3) reflect on their experiences.

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