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A Different Kind of Ghost Story

An author has put tracing paper, old photographs, and his imagination to work to write a picture book about a wandering ghost. The idea sprang from the mind of Oliver Jeffers, an author with a fascination for ghosts and a curiosity over what they might reveal about the energy of living things. Listen to hear Jeffers explain his creative process and why ghosts both attract and terrify people, and learn how turnips were used in Halloween traditions.


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Story Length: 7:32

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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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