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Human Rights

What basic rights are guaranteed to all Americans? Do citizens, legal aliens, illegal aliens, and minors all have the same rights? Should individuals all over the world enjoy the same rights? Class members read the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as part of a unit study of the responsibilities individuals have to uphold human rights. This first activity in the series, focusing on the rights that all people are guaranteed, ends with the class drafting a Teenage Bill of Rights.

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CCSS: Adaptable

  • A Venn diagram activity asks class members to compare American citizen rights with immigrant rights, student rights, and human rights
  • A summary version of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and a resource list are included



  • The lesson assumes that learners are familiar with the Magna Carta and the English Bill of Rights
Included Materials

  • Universal Declaration of Human Rights
  • Glossary
  • Rights and Responsibilities Unit Overview
  • Activity
  • Graphic Organizer
  • Lesson Plan
  • Project
  • Reading Passage
  • Worksheet