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Trading a Bobby Pin for a House

Social media has been used for all kinds of interesting projects, some that start small and then gather interest, and even become global phenomena. One California woman started with an idea of using TikTok to trade a bobby pin, with the goal of eventually trading her way up to a new house. Along the way, she increased her TikTok audience from zero followers to millions. Listen to learn how she did it and hear about some of her most memorable trades.


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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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