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CURRENT EVENT | APRIL 29, 2021

Sheltering in Poems

Poetry can entertain, make us think about things in a different way, or give comfort during hard times. During National Poetry Month, NPR challenged listeners to share poems via Twitter that gave them courage during the COVID-19 pandemic. In this audio story, a celebrated poet reads and reacts to some of his favorites. Listen to hear some creative and surprising lines of verse read aloud, and learn why the poet selected them.

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Story Length: 6:46

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Listening Comprehension Questions

  • What was one of Malala Yousafzai’s first experiences with the dangers of religious extremism?
  • After miraculously surviving her attack, what has Malala focused her work on?
  • What is the message that Malala is trying to send to those in power?
  • What does Malala want to do in the future?
  • What are the goals of Malala’s mission to support girls?

Discussion Themes

  • What is your opinion on Malala’s message about the power of education?
  • Why do you think that ISIS might want to silence people like Malala?

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