Girl Rising provides teachers with a unique opportunity to educate students about the issues surrounding, and the impact of, girls' education in the developing world. To help teachers learn about the movement and the predominant issues, and effectively share the information with their students, the Pearson Foundation has created this standards-aligned curriculum for two chapters in the film: Suma from Nepal, and Senna from Peru.
Using the curriculum, teachers can engage their students in meaningful, theme-based social studies, political science, math, economics, and language arts lessons by encouraging them to think about important political, cultural, historical, social, and geographic issues tied to educating girls — and about their responsibilities as global citizens, as well as locally.
The curriculum addresses an array of issues ranging from inquiries of global scope such as, “How do economies grow when girls are educated?” to very basic questions like, “How do parents keep their daughters safe and cared for?” Through developing a better understanding of how family dynamics, poverty, political unrest, economic stability, and community expectations intersect to keep girls either in or out of school, students' views of the world will evolve.
Guided by themes covered in Girl Rising, the curriculum uses essential questions designed to stimulate critical thinking in students. The curriculum is linked to the U.S. Common Core State Standards, includes an assessment tool to measure student learning, and offers resources to further learning, spark discussion, and prompt students to take action.
As you plan your work with the curriculum, please view the two film chapters, consider which issues you'd like your students to explore, decide how much time you have to teach this curriculum, and determine if there are additional resources that may be available to enhance the experience for your students.
We'd love to hear from you as you work through this curriculum! Stories, student work, photos, videos and more can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your dedication to these important issues and to your students.
Note to Upper Elementary Teachers: We believe that Suma's story is appropriate for students in grades 5-6. Senna's story includes content that is too mature for this age level.
Note to Middle School Teachers: We believe that Suma's story is appropriate for middle school students. Senna's story includes content that may be too mature for this age level – please use your discretion. Should you opt to use Senna's story, please reference the Peru materials in the high school unit.
Elementary and Middle School teachers are also encouraged to explore the curriculum produced for the first International Day of the Girl, which focuses on the predominant issues surrounding educating girls around the world – and the importance of doing just that. The International Day of the Girl Curriculum includes units for elementary, middle and high school and is not explicitly tied to the film, Girl Rising.
Register here to access the two film chapters to which the Girl Rising curriculum is aligned: Suma from Nepal, and Senna from Peru
Register here to access the two film chapters to which the Girl Rising curriculum is aligned: Suma from Nepal, and Senna from Peru. After registering, you will be emailed a link and password. These film chapters are provided to educators at no cost. By registering for access, you will also receive email updates from the Pearson Foundation and Girl Rising.
Teacher Guide Guide for the My Story lesson
My Story project-based lesson
Millions of girls face barriers to education that boys do not. And yet, when you educate a girl, you can break cycles of poverty in just one generation.
College students are uniquely positioned to spread this powerful message! With the help of social and traditional media, as well as good old fashioned elbow grease, individual students, campus groups, sororities, fraternities, service clubs, and more can join, strengthen, and further the Girl Rising movement. You can stand up for one girl, for her family, for her community, for her country. You can talk about the global impact of educating girls, and why it matters to all of us.