Lesson Plan

Universal Declaration of Human Rights

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What rights are guaranteed to students? Do they align with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which was approved by the United Nations in 1948? Middle and high schoolers present persuasive arguments about the rights they believe students in America should enjoy after conducting research on Eleanor Roosevelt, learning more about historical examples of movements for civil and social rights, and investigating the limits of the rights they are protecting.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Form a cross-curricular assignment between social studies and language arts
  • Have class members present their arguments to school officials or members of their local government
Classroom Considerations
  • Discussion of safety in schools, student activism, and the right to bear arms is relevant to current issues and learners' lives
  • Based on Ken Burns' documentary The Roosevelts: An Intimate History; links to relevant video clips are included
  • Provides a rubric that addresses group research, proficiency with presentation software, and speaking and listening skills
  • Includes project tips about group dynamics and learning environments
  • Extension activities are available for older or advanced class members
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