An Introduction to Human Rights and Responsibilities

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How are your students' rights protected? What are their responsibilities in protecting the rights of others? A lesson on human rights and the responsibilities therein introduces class members to the concepts of global citizenship, democracy, and discrimination with a group discussion and online interactive resource.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Incorporate into a lesson on the United Nations 
  • Use at the beginning of the year to establish classroom community norms and expectations
Classroom Considerations
  • The first part of a two-lesson unit on human rights, the second of which can be found here
  • Based on Australian laws and society, but as human rights are protected internationally, the lesson is adaptable for classrooms in any country
  • Requires access to the Internet
  • Delineates the differences between rights, needs, and wants
  • Covers the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child
  • Includes teaching tips and instruction tips
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