Thin Ice Encompassed by Increasing Fire: Conflict and Struggle for Human Rights in the Middle East

To gain a deeper understanding of the scope of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) groups examine a series of videos, articles, and images, to identify the human right's represented. They then research that right in the context of the struggles in the Middle East. A very powerful, thought-provoking lesson.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Include a reading of Robert Frost's poem "Fire and Ice"
  • To expand the focus beyond human rights violations in the Middle East, have one or more groups investigate violations in their own country and in other parts of the world
Classroom Considerations
  • The exercise could be included in a study of the ongoing struggles in the Middle East or as a part of a global examination of human rights
  • A protocol must be in place for a safe, respectful discussion of controversial issues
  • The resource includes links to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights document, as well as the many articles, videos, and images used in the lesson
  • The resource focuses solely on human rights violations in the Middle East