Sunday, 14 January 2018

Are You Interested In A Good Read?

Are you interested in a good read? A good book to me has generous amounts of detail and an engaging storyline. It makes you want to keep reading and includes some cliffhangers. Also, the theme of the book can be applied to many situations and is unforgettable.

If you want a good read, I have a book for you! I Am Malala includes all of the above attributes that make a fantastic read. It isn’t based off of a real event, but in fact is one itself that you get to relive, explore, and question. This book should definitely be a pick for any school looking into global issues because it deeply connects to it, while offering more depth, since we live through the journey first hand through the eyes of Malala. On top of that, it is just the right length of book for a novel study, contains a meaningful phrase at the end of every chapter, and in general is easy to understand.

I really enjoyed reading this novel and if anyone is looking for a book, this will be one I recommend. I think it is a bit favoured to slightly slower readers like me because there is a lot of detail put into each chapter that help paint a clearer image. It is easy to visualize and clearly know what is going on throughout the story. Once again, I think this book is outstanding and could be just the book for you.

Thank you for reading my last blog post for I Am Malala!

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

My Word Art Creation

Have you ever wondered how people create such amazing quotes? Well, look no further as quotes combined with images are called word art and above is a piece I have created! Both are based on the same topic that deeply connects to the theme.

Did you like the quote above? (Yeah! I absolutely loved it!) Thank you! I chose that quote because it has the power and importance that can inspire people to help others as it is very simple. It’s short and gets you to think “others can reach out to stand against a threat.”

You must like the image as well! I selected it because it’s the test that Malala took before she got shot and the text in the background are other quotes from her and what she learned on her journey. I thought it would make the most sense to make this image because it shows she was fighting for education. The pencil symbolizes the possibilities and creativity as you can write whatever you want and can be educated with it. Malala was inspired from a magic pencil on a show she watched where it could create or erase anything. The grade represents what Malala got on the test and shows she loves school and works hard to achieve her goals. It was the only thing she thought of when she got shot and nothing else. The paper represents school and is displayed as the “canvas” for learning. I chose lined paper because it is the standard, most recognizable form of paper, and so the background wouldn’t be plain white.

The font I used was Arial because it is the default and basic for tests or school assignments. For her name I chose Apple Chancery because it looks like handwriting and I believe Malala is the best in her class, so she has learnt it or can learn it, as she fights for others to learn things like this. I chose to use black for the font colour because it’s simple and yet strong, just like the quote. I used a red colour for the grade, as teachers usually use red pens for marking tests and represents the blood that was shed to fight for education.

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Sunday, 7 January 2018

Perspective From Atal, Malala's Youngest Brother

Hello and welcome to my fourth post on I Am Malala. I have almost completed the book so I want to represent the main events from a different perspective. This short story will be my interpretation of Atal (Malala’s youngest brother) and his perspective in the book.

Hi, my name is Atal Yousafzai and this is a brief description of some events! Anyways, when I was three, there were big explosions around us and I was really scared because I didn’t know what was happening. My father was looking a bit stressed about it, while my mother hoped that we were going to be safe. The chaos slowly went away but I was told that it still wasn’t safe to go outside on my own, because some bad people called the Taliban, were still around. Malala and my father always talked about similar things and enjoyed each other's company. I liked to stay home and play with our pet chicken, while everyone else seemed busy doing something. One day Malala stayed home and I wondered if she was sick, but it was the Taliban keeping her from going to school. I sort of wanted to be a girl too, so I wouldn’t have to go to school. I understand more now but six years ago, I kept thinking why can’t we just have fun and go places together?

Another war was about to start and we were in the middle. My mother said we had to leave right away and I wanted to bring my chicken, but she said no and I cried for a long time. At the time, I didn’t fully know what was about to happen. We made it to Shangla in the mountains and we were so exhausted from the travel. I nearly fell asleep when we made it to the gate, but the guards wouldn’t let us in as it was past curfew there. We all just waited and listened to the radio for when it was safe to return home. When we got back home, Malala was so excited to be allowed back to school, while I still didn’t care to go to school.

I have known two wars so far and I was only five years old. It was another normal day in Swat Valley when I went to school and almost missed the bus home. I had just remembered that Malala had told me that I needed to take the bus home that day, so I was late for the bus but was able to hop on the back when it drove off. As I got on the bus, some people seemed to be angry at me, so I decided to just walk home and jumped off the bus. When I arrived home, I could tell something really bad had happened and it was probably a good thing that I walked home that day.

Thanks for having a look from my perspective and I’ll hand it back over to Keegan! I hope you enjoyed and thank you for reading my blog!

Comparing Our Rights And Freedoms

What would happen if all schools were allowed to select the students they accepted and could refuse students that didn’t meet their criteria? This is just one possibility that could occur if we didn’t have rights to it. Malala is very popular now as she spoke out to many media companies and tries to reach out to share her story. She shows her face on camera because she has nothing to hide and her intentions are clear. Education for everyone is her main goal and having the rights enforced to go to school will almost guarantee it coming true.

One of the differences between the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and Pakistan (Taliban) is that everyone doesn’t have equal rights and there is no democracy. This is represented when the Taliban takes control of Swat and becomes the top of the hierarchical pyramid, which gives them the power to enforce new rules and punish those who break them. A similarity is that we both have a charter for rights and freedoms that include the same fundamental freedoms. Pakistan does have rights to education but isn't maintained or enforced well. Also due to the Taliban, the government can’t provide much help. Everyone should have the right to education regardless of identity and use their freedom of speech to share new ideas. Malala doesn’t understand why the Taliban takes away rights and question what do they gain from it. She asks, “How could a place where I learned so much and laughed so much be bad?” (Yousafzai and McCormick 36).

Even though we both have a charter for our rights, most of them are not being upheld by their government. Hopefully, this will change in the future and everyone's rights will be fulfilled.

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My Feelings On The Story So Far

Welcome back to my blog, where today I will be talking about how I feel so far in the story. To start there has been a illegal radio mullah (an informal name for a religious leader) named Fazlullah causing trouble and making people believe false ideas. He said that there would be another earthquake if traditions weren’t changed and most women believed it because they had little education. Anything considered western or un-islamic was destroyed, along with girl schools being near the top of the list. The army came and tried to hold them off, but were unsuccessful.

This upset me a bit to see that other countries are still having conflict and people are living in these conditions. I wonder why people do these acts of violence and hate to the point where not hearing guns or bombs is what worries you. Everyone should have the opportunity to be educated, but I am still puzzled as to why girl schools are looked down upon. She was questioning why girl schools were bad or schools in general and said, “The school Fazlullah had destroyed was a primary school, not even a school that taught teenagers. He had bombed the school at night, when it was empty, but how cruel this man was, hurling firebombs at a place where little children wanted only to learn to read and write and add. Why? I wondered. Why was a school building such a threat to the Taliban?” (Yousafzai and McCormick 63). Why would they only threaten girl schools and not boy/public schools? Why can’t girls be allowed to learn or even have the opportunity?

To me, the Taliban is out of control and will kill anyone opposing them to uphold their beliefs. Everyone deserves equal rights and education is one of them.

Thank you all for reading my blog and I’ll see you in the next one.

Saturday, 16 December 2017

Introducing Malala And The Setting

Today I have finished part 1 of I Am Malala and I’m really enjoying it because it gives you the setting and puts you in her perspective. Here is just a brief introduction: Malala Yousafzai is 10 years old and lives with her parents and two brothers named Khushal and Atal. She enjoys spending time with her friends and going to school. Malala loves school because it is a safe and special place to her where everyone can learn and grow. She believes in equality and fights for human rights and lives in Pakistan, Mingora. Her dad runs the Khushal school and supports Malala in whatever she does, even if it goes against traditional ways.

This all takes place in a busy city where females are treated unequally and education is somewhat scarce. Some of them think that they’re not even a part of their family. “Why send a daughter to school?” the men often say. “She doesn’t need an education to run a house.” (Yousafzai and McCormick 23 & 24).  Some richer families are pulling their kids out of school just because they are sharing classrooms with those who clean their houses and clothes. She will fight to balance this out and give fair opportunities to everyone no matter what.

All together I am looking forward to what actions she will take and how to overcome this issue. It has a message that if anyone that works hard can accomplish their goals. This is what I think of it so far and want to know your opinion so leave a comment!

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Wednesday, 6 December 2017

My New Novel Study!

Hello and welcome back to my wonderful blog! Today I am starting a new book called “I Am Malala” by Malala Yousafzai with Patricia McCormick. Over the next few weeks, I will be posting about the novel and am excited to reflect on a new book. By now most of you have probably heard of this inspiring story of how one person stood up and made a difference. I have only heard of what happened and don’t know all of the details which made me more curious. Deciding to choose this book over others was difficult because they were also very interesting, but none of them won a Nobel Peace Prize. I am expecting a good read with critical issues being addressed and to find out what her perspective looked like.

Once again I am excited and interested to be diving in another award-winning novel.

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