Lesson 3: Human Rights, Civil Rights, and Civic Action

GRADE: 

11

 

LENGTH: 

This collection of lessons will require at least 7 days of class time, plus enough time at home for students to complete homework or project-based assignments.

 

AUTHOR:  

John Terry (Jefferson Township (NJ) High School)

 

DESCRIPTION:

Students will become acclimated with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and classify these rights as Civil and Political Rights or as Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights. Through primary source texts, students will apply their understanding of the UDHR to human rights violations in postwar United States and learn about historical examples of nonviolent methods of action that individuals and groups used to address these human rights issues. Students will apply their learning of the UDHR, of the United States’ legal framework (i.e. Constitution), and of nonviolent methods of action to address a current human rights violation in the United States and to develop an action plan to address this human rights violation.

 

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The core values of HRE USA and its partner organizations include transparency and critical thinking skills. We believe that human rights--and human rights education--belong to everyone, and that the full realization of human rights means that access to human rights education materials must never be conditioned upon the subscription to any particular religious faith, ideology, political affiliation, or membership in any particular organization and that any organizational connections should be openly acknowledged.