Observing Human Rights Day

How much intervention is appropriate for America to take in cases of human rights violations? Class members ponder a question that has lingered since the birth of America with a series of primary sources that reflect the degree to which America intervened in the end of South African apartheid.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Connect to a unit on the Universal Declaration for Human Rights
  • Have class members bring in articles about current human rights violations
  • Bring a discussion on Human Rights Day into a lesson on December events
  • Plan a community commemoration of Human Rights Day
Classroom Considerations
  • Primary sources may be difficult for learners to see
  • Learners should have some prior knowledge on apartheid and South Africa
Pros
  • Essential question is clear and thought provoking
  • Brings in several events from the 20th century for analysis
Cons
  • None