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Echoes & Reflections: Teaching the Holocaust, Inspiring the Classroom

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
A collection includes 11 units designed to help instructors consider the complexities of teaching about the Holocaust and other genocides. The lessons provide students with accurate information and sensitive instruction as they examine...
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EngageNY Grade 5 ELA Module 1, Unit 2: Esperanza's Story

For Teachers 5th Standards
Fifth graders dive into real-world concepts such as human rights, difficult life circumstances, immigration, and personal growth as they read the novel Esperanza Rising. They will compare and contrast characters, pen a two-voice poem,...
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EngageNY Grade 5 ELA: Module 1, Unit 1 - Building Background Knowledge on Human Rights

For Teachers 5th Standards
Fifth graders explore human rights- what are they and why do we have them? As a class, explore the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and incorporate close readings of selected articles. This 11-part unit is very detailed,...
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EngageNY Grade 5 ELA Module 1, Unit 3: Culminating Project: Readers Theater: Esperanza Rising, From Novel to Script

For Teachers 5th Standards
For a culminating project in the final unit of Module 1, fifth-graders demonstrate what they have learned about human rights by crafting scripts for a Readers Theater performance. The unit begins with class members reading informational...
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Teaching 'The New Jim Crow'

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow is the anchor text in a 10-lesson unit that looks at some of the issues of race and justice in American society and how issues have changed over time. High schoolers look at the history of race and...
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Civil Rights and Martin Luther King Jr. Worksheets

For Students 3rd - 8th Standards
Expand a celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King's birthday as well as Black Hstory Month with a collection of eight worksheets that include biographical questions about Dr. Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks, word searches and word...
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What Makes Democracy Work?

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Eight lessons make up a collection designed to help high schoolers make sense of an election year. Class members learn about voting rights, the importance of a free press, and civic participation. The focus is on the 2020 presidential...
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Energy of a Nation: Immigrants in America

For Students 8th - Higher Ed Standards
Immigration and immigration reform are hot button topics, now more than they have been. The Energy of a Nation curriculum is designed to dispel myths about immigrants, build empathy, and provide up-to-date facts. The 13 lessons in the...
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Standing Up for Democracy

For Students 6th - 12th
The mission of the Standing Up for Democracy unit is to bring about “a more humane, just, and compassionate society rooted in democratic values.” These 16 lessons, built on a foundation of mutual respect, tolerance, and participation,...
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Eyes on the Prize: America’s Civil Rights Movement 1954-1985

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
The four resources in this collection look at the strategy of non-violence as a response to injustice. High schoolers study the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s and 70s and its leaders, investigate examples of injustice and protest...
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Emmett Till: A Series of Four Lessons

For Teachers 9th - 12th
A four-lesson collection, designed to be used with the film, The Murder of Emmett Till, provides the historical context viewers need to understand the implications for the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s and 70s as well as today's...
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Introduction to the Convention on the Rights of the Child

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
The UN Convention of the Rights of the Child (CRC) is the focus of a two-lesson collection that investigates the rights the document guarantees and groups whose rights have been violated. The unit concludes with individuals selecting one...
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Introduction to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Introduce high schoolers to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights with a four-lesson collection.  Class members watch videos, examine illustrations from the book We Are All Born Free, create a visual display promoting human rights,...
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Literacy in History/Social Studies: 11-12th Grade ELA Common Core

For Teachers 11th - 12th Standards
Analyzing primary and secondary source materials requires a special set of skills. Readers must be able to identify the central ideas in a text, to cite evidence to support their analysis, and to evaluate the arguments put forth in a...
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Museum of Tolerance: Teaching Tolerance

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
How do you teach classes to recognize and confront intolerance? To recognize their preconceptions and commit to change? The materials in this collection, prepared by the Museum of Tolerance, are designed to achieve these goals. Whether...
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Political Systems

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Designed for social studies classes, this collection of lessons examine both the history and the current state of US government institutions, policies, and economic programs.
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Ugly History: Japanese American Incarceration Camps

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
When Aki Kurose was 16 years old, her family was forced to relocate from their home in Seattle with other Japanese Americans. The government feared that despite their loyalty to the United States, they were operating on behalf of the...
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The Children and Legacies Beyond the Holocaust

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Using video testimony, primary source documents that detail international agreements, and structured discussions, learners consider the precarious position of children during the Holocaust and other international conflicts, and how to...
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Observing Human Rights Day

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
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...
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Simulation on The Cambodia Peace Settlement

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
Can there be peace in Cambodia? Immerse your class in a realistic negotiation setting during a riveting simulation. Learners assume the roles of key players in a group sparring with an opposing group to try to achieve peace in the midst...
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Universal Declaration of Human Rights

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
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...
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Civil Rights or Human Rights?

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Young citizens consider the American civil rights movement as part of the global struggle for human rights. After using a timeline activity to learn about the major events in the civil rights movement, class members study Malcolm X's...
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The Rights of the Child

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Don't be fooled by the size of the resource: these few pages provide the blueprint for a substantial, thoughtful unit on children's rights and the different philosophies and approaches that the United States and other countries have...
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A Teaching Guide on Local and Global Transitional Justice

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
The Road to Peace introduces learners to the concept of transitional justice, a process where nations examine the causes of conflict, identify abuses, and use this information to develop a plan to transition to a society that upholds...
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Hotel Rwanda Teacher's Guide

For Teachers 11th - 12th Standards
Here is the comprehensive, official educator's guide for presenting Hotel Rwanda and the story of the Rwandan genocide in 1994 to a classroom environment. It includes a range of exceptional hands-on or discussion activities, as well as a...
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DNA, Crime and Law Enforcement

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Civil rights meets biotechnology in a instructional activity that scrutinizes the collection of DNA of citizens who have been arrested, but not yet convicted of a crime. Real-life cases are examined in which the DNA of a relative was...
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Genetics and Reproduction

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Disease prevention or designer babies? Use a set of slides to introduce the growing practice of preimplantation genetic diagnosis, or PGD. Teens read related articles and then break into groups to address different scenarios. Afterward,...
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The Greensboro Sit-Ins

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Imagine an old 1960s diner. There's a long, L-shaped counter top and classic diner stools covered in vinyl dotting the counter space. Sounds like your typical diner, doesn't it? A piece of this diner now sits in The Smithsonian. Why?...
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Little Rock Nine

For Teachers 9th - 12th
A compelling account of the Little Rock Nine, the first nine students to attend a desegregated school in Arkansas. Stills and video clips illustrate the tumultuous first year at Little Rock High School. Use this video to stir discussion...
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Birmingham Campaign

For Teachers 9th - 12th
"You've got to keep the whites and blacks separate!" In an attempt to keep students segregated, Bull Connor actually revived the Civil Rights Movement in Alabama. Learn about his efforts, Martin Luther King Junior's responses, and...
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The Freedom Rides

For Teachers 9th - 12th
"We're going on to New Orleans. No matter what happens, we're dedicated to this. We'll take hitting; we'll take beating. We're willing to accept death." In 1960, a group of students, both black and white, journeyed across the south and...
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Making the Branches of Government Relevant

For Teachers 5th - 7th
A discussion of the three branches of government can be a fascinating experience.
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The Southern Freedom Movement: A Case study of how Social Movements Happen

For Teachers 9th - 12th
There are countless civil rights resources, but this one really stands out. Social movements as they relate to human or civil rights are completely discussed in the context of the Southern Freedom Movement. Slides contain connected or...
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Apartheid: A Journey of Inequality

For Teachers 9th - 12th
When a resource like this comes along, I want everyone to see it. Actively engage your learners with a lesson on apartheid. They'll analyze 10 photos, complete two journal entries, and read six slides of text separated into dated chunks....
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Civil Rights Video Essay

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students investigate a decade of American history when the civil rights movement was a focus of national attention. They create a video essay about a person or event that played an important role in shaping the civil rights movement.
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Making a Case

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Start the day by sharing opinions about human rights. Then, read "A Defiant Hussein Pleads Not Guilty to Mass Execution" with your middle and high school class. Your pupils research the specific charges in the case against Saddam...
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Martin Luther King Jr's "I Have A Dream" Speech

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Invite your class to investigate racism and civil rights by analyzing the great Dr. Martin Luther King's speech. Your learners will read the words from the "I Have a Dream" speech and analyze the political and racial overtones. They will...
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Melba Pattillo and Ruby Bridges: Two Heroes of School Integration

For Teachers 3rd - 12th
Learners put themselves in the shoes of students who integrated Little Rock High School in 1957-58. Note: The primary resources in this activity provide powerful and poignant descriptions of what those students faced.
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Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day in the Most Meaningful Way

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Lead your class on a journey into the Deep South so that they understand the true meaning of what inspired this holiday.
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Qualifying to Vote Under Jim Crow

For Teachers 8th - 10th
Literacy tests, poll taxes, grandfather laws? Scholars study the systematic ways African-Americans were kept from voting even after it was made a law. They analyze a series of primary source documents, complete a worksheet, and engaged...
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Civil Rights- the Long Road to Equality

For Students 9th - 12th
In this Civil Rights worksheet, students take a pre-test, review vocabulary, see a timeline, discuss how to overcome racism and much more in this 22 page lesson with blackline masters.
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Civil Rights in America

For Teachers 7th
Seventh graders visit the Smithsonian and are shown different exhibits. They are to make their own drawing about one of the exhibits and write about the experience.
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Argument in an Athenian Jail: Socrates and the Law

For Teachers 9th - 11th
Students read and discuss Socrates's "Crito" and examine the arguments he made supporting his own death penalty. They consider the still-relevant debate between the rights of the individual and the rule of law.
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Let Freedom Ring: The Life & Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students use text and photos to visualize the delivery of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s historic "I Have A Dream" speech. They analyze Dr. King's speech for examples of imagery and allusion and create original poetry and illustrations...
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Development of Federal Civil Rights Acts : 1950's - Present

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Young scholars use the Internet to research one of five cases associated with Brown v. Board of Education and then join a group with people who researched the other four.
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Art: Faith Ringgold Story Quilts

For Teachers 12th
Twelfth graders examine the impact of African American culture on the United States by inspecting Faith Ringgold's story quilts. Working in groups, they create a collective story quilt about current cultural issues. They research their...
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American Jews and Civil Rights

For Teachers 10th
Tenth graders examine the Civil Rights movement of the 1960's and how American Jews were involved. They discuss the responsibilities of any minority or ethnic group. They consider the process of change in politics as well.
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Martin Luther King Jr. and Nonviolence

For Teachers K - 5th
Using the book, Martin's Big Words, learners will discover the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Vocabulary is identified throughout the story by using several his famous protest speeches as examples. Class discussions on racism, during...
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Rosa Parks

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Explore the history of civil rights and segregation using. Learners read a story about Rosa Parks by Maryann N. Weidt. Then, they answer a series of questions about this story to practice comprehension skills and delve into the topic of...
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Eleanor Roosevelt: An Agent of Social Change

For Teachers 11th - 12th Standards
New ReviewFirst ladies often take a back seat to their husbands' policies, but Eleanor Roosevelt broke that mold. Interested historians examine primary sources written by Roosevelt, including a speech and articles. Completing a round-robin of...
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Identifying Theme: Connecting Passages from Esperanza Rising to Human Rights

For Teachers 5th Standards
New ReviewEven fictional characters have rights. Scholars read selected passages from Pam Muñoz Ryan's Esperanza Rising and consider which of the five categories from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights the text relates to. They glue each...
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Readers Theater and the UDHR

For Teachers 5th Standards
New ReviewLet's make connections! Using the resource, class members make connections between the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and their readers theater scripts. To finish, they complete a worksheet to evaluate the role of narration in...
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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: A Leader and a Hero

For Students Pre-K - 5th
New ReviewMartin Luther King Jr. is the focus of a video that details his life and accomplishments. Viewers take in moments of history alongside clear narration. A hopeful message concludes the video.
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Presidential Leadership and the Goal to Unify | America’s Great Divide: From Obama to Trump

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
New ReviewTraditionally, a United States President's Inaugural Address establishes the tone and vision for his presidency. It has stressed the goal to unify the country and bring the political parties together after what are often divisive...
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Free to Believe!

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
The United States: One nation with countless religions. An interesting activity focuses on the freedom of religion protected under the First Amendment. Academics learn why it is important to protect all religions, why there is a...
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Dismantling Racial Caste

For Teachers 9th - 12th
It's time to end racism. The final installment of the series encourages scholars to consider what is needed to ended the racial caste system in the U.S. Young historians complete group discussion, written prompt, and a hands-on-activity...
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Understanding the Prison Label

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Break the chain. An engaging lesson examines why it is so hard to break free of the prison system in the US. Academics participate in a reader's theater, read primary sources, and discuss their thoughts. The lesson explains the hardships...
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Racial Disparity in the Criminal Justice System

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Explore the impact of the war on drugs in a thought-provoking lesson for high school academics. Young historians delve into the world of the criminal justice system and the racial disparity that occurs in the US. The resource provides...
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Taking Ownership of the Law

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
The work of building and maintaining a democracy is, in the words of Justice William Hastie, "never finished." To better understand what Hastie sees as an ongoing building process, class members listen to a seven-minute podcast about two...
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Insights on Democracy from South Africa

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
As part of their study of democracy, high schoolers listen to a podcast featuring two South African educators and their efforts to support the process of transforming the nation from apartheid rule into a democracy. Learners also read...
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Fourth Amendment And Privacy

For Students 7th - 12th
The Fourth Amendment protects from unreasonable search and seizures, but it is not all encompassing. The resource give academics a good overview of the rights protected in the Fourth Amendment and why it was important to protect those...
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First Amendment Religion Part II

For Students 7th - 12th
The Freedom of Religion video dives into the meaning of the Free Exercise Clause. Scholars learn how the Establishment Clause and the Free Exercise Clause work together to allow religious liberty and prevent the government from favoring...
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First Amendment Religion Part I

For Students 7th - 12th
An informative resource shares background information on the importance of protecting religious freedom. Individuals learn how some American colonies forced religion upon people, giving rise to the desire to worship freely without...
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First Amendment Overview Part I

For Students 7th - 12th
The Declaration of Independence details the natural rights guaranteed by the First Amendment. The video explains these rights, including freedom of speech and non-violent protest. Scholars learn why specific rights were guaranteed and...
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The Rights of the Child

For Students K - 3rd
Dr. Seuss wrote " A person's a person, no matter how small." The elementary resource uses Dr. Seuss's book Horton Hears a Who to explore children's rights in an engaging way. Young academics listen to the story, participate in group...
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Putin's Illiberal Democracy

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Is Russia really a democracy? High school scholars explore Russian democracy under the leadership of President Putin. The resource provides opportunity for group discussion, writing, and research to understand Russia's political history,...
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Racial Justice in Education Resource Guide

For Teachers K - 12th
Strive for racial justice within your classroom community with help from an 80-page resource guide. Five modules move scholars through thoughtful, and reflective grand conversations to making a plan, then taking action. Learners write...
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Public Art as a Form of Participation

For Teachers 6th - 12th
David Binnington's mural commemorating the 1936 Battle of Cable Street is the focus of a lesson that looks at public art as a form of civic participation. After reading background material about the mural, individuals analyze a segment...
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Standing Up to Hatred on Cable Street

For Teachers 6th - 12th
The final lessons in this section of the Standing Up for Democracy unit ask class members to consider ways they can help create a "more humane, fair, and compassionate environment" in their communities. For context, learners study how...
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Making Rights Universal

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Class members continue their discussion of Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). After examining an infographic the summarizes the document, groups examine four of the rights to decide if they are or are not universal, and if...
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Defining Human Rights

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Eleanor Roosevelt leads the drive to draft the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. To begin a study of universal rights, class members create a definition of a right and compare it to the 1947 version. They then investigate Eleanor's...
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Black Lives Matter: Campaigning for Racial Justice

For Students 9th - 12th
While young people today may be familiar with the slogan "Black Lives Matter!" few may know much about the founders of the movement and the group's objectives. A short video introduces viewers to the origins of the movement, its role in...
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Bill of Rights

For Teachers 4th - 5th Standards
Learning to compromise is no easy task. To gain a deeper understanding of how difficult it was to agree on the first 10 amendments of the United States Constitution, groups draft a list of rights for their class. Together, peers must...
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Grade 5 Literacy in Social Studies: What Are Your Rights?

For Teachers 5th Standards
What are rights and why are they important? An informative unit designed for fifth graders explains what rights are and how they have evolved over time in the United States. Young academics review primary sources such as the Bill of...
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1984 by George Orwell

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Reverend Katrina Foster offers her rationale for why Winston Smith, the tragic hero of George Orwell's dystopian novel 1984, is her favorite literary character.
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Child Labor and Human Rights

For Teachers 4th Standards
How young is too young to have a job? A thoughtful lesson guides scholars through different texts to learn about child labor conditions, the right to safe working conditions, and fair wages. Class members ultimately complete writing...
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Global History and Geography Examination: June 2011

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
People in Ukraine, Rwanda, and Cambodia have all faced challenges to their human rights and even genocide. Using primary and secondary sources, scholars evaluate these challenges and the international community's role in them. The...
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The UN: Working for Us All

For Teachers 9th - 12th
The United Nation's role in world diplomacy is critical, but its enforcement is limited. Using activities such as role plays and simulations, classmates consider the role the UN plays in world peace keeping. The unit plan includes five...
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Should We Stay or Should We Return?

For Students 6th - 8th
The journey of Gabriel and Aleul is coming to an end as readers experience their struggle to decide to stay in America or to return to South Sudan. Pupils explore the themes of human rights and assimilation with role-play activities,...
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How Do I Fit In?

For Students 6th - 8th
Explore Gabriel and Aleul's journey to blend into American culture while dealing with prejudice and misconceptions. Learners examine the concepts of tolerance and assimilation with role-play scenarios, worksheets, and class discussions. 
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Who Will We Become?

For Students 6th - 8th
Scholars follow along on Gabriel and Aleul's journey to America and their struggle to continue their education while assimilating into American society. Learners explore themes relating to human rights and the struggles of displaced...
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What Happens to Your Life When You’re Uprooted?

For Students 6th - 8th Standards
Two young people must flee their village in Sudan while soldiers are rounding up children, forcing them to fight in the conflict between government and rebel forces. What happens to them now? Following the story of Gabriel and Aluel,...
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Where Is Home?

For Students 6th - 8th Standards
Gabriel and Aluel have finally made it to an international refugee camp. However, Aluel is not allowed to attend school. Pupils examine why and argue for her right to an education using documents from international law. Then, they make...
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Who Do You Trust When Your Life Is at Stake?

For Students 6th - 8th Standards
Gabriel and Aluel fled their village, which was under attack. Now they must make a series of decisions to survive: Who should they trust? Where should they go? Scholars consider their options and apply them to the larger problems facing...
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The Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt: Oppressors or Great Leaders?

For Students 6th - 8th Standards
While the ancient Egyptian pharaohs were tyrants by today's standards, they had reasons for how they used authority. Using primary sources, charts, readings and other forms of analysis, pupils examine why ancient Egypt used strong-arm...
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What Is the Value of Your Citizenship?

For Students 6th - 8th Standards
What does it mean to be a citizen? Who is allowed to become a citizen? Learners consider how countries around the world answered these questions, while they examine the rights and responsibilities of citizenship. Materials include a case...
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“He Named Me Malala”: Understanding Student Activism Through Film

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Malala Yousafzai has become the face of social activism. After watching He Named Me Malala and short student-made films about what young people can do to become instruments of change, class members reflect on what it means to be an...
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The Right to a Clean Environment: Right to a Clean Environment Role-Play

For Students 3rd - 5th Standards
A lesson challenges scholars to think critically about the world in which they live. Learners begin by role-playing a character, answering questions, and taking part in a whole-class discussion. They then brainstorm ways they can help...
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Explore Rights Around the World

For Students 8th - 12th Standards
How has the American Bill of Rights influenced the rest of the world? An interactive web activity helps individuals see the similarities between countries' bills of rights. A text-to-text tool compares the American Bill of Rights to...
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Civil Liberties and Rights Worldwide

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
How do governments differ in how they protect human rights? While the United States prides itself on its Bill of Rights, other countries have their own ways of protecting citizens' liberties. An interactive website, paired with...
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Peace Worksheets

For Students 2nd - 6th
Children are the voice of the future—and they are the best chance the world has for international peace. Help them secure peace in their lifetimes with a lesson based on the history of the United Nations, which includes a space for...
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Introduction to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
Human rights became a global focus after decades of war, recovery from war, and uncountable war crimes committed throughout. Social studies class members discuss the Universal Declaration of Human Rights before completing an interactive...
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An Introduction to Human Rights and Responsibilities

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
How are your students' rights protected? What are their responsibilities in protecting the rights of others? A lesson on human rights and the responsibilities therein introduces class members to the concepts of global citizenship,...
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Creating Your Own Original Interpretation of the UDHR

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
How can visual aids enhance understanding of a complex topic? With the third of four lessons from the Introduction to the Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) set, scholars view illustrations online from the book We Are All Born Free and...
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Video Interpretations of the UDHR

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
How can people better understand their rights? Scholars explore the question with the second of four installments in the Introduction to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights lesson plan series. Learners watch and write descriptions...
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Visual Interpretations of the CRC

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
How can people better understand the human rights that are guaranteed to children around the world? Pupils attempt to answer the question with the second of two lessons explaining the Introduction to the Convention on the Rights of the...
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Introduction to the Convention on the Rights of the Child

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
The UN Conventions on the Rights of the Child (CRC) has been ratified by 196 countries so far ... and still counting! Using the first of two lessons covering the Introduction to the Convention on the Rights of the Child, scholars learn...
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Open Your Eyes and Ears to Human Rights Issues

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
A human rights defender is someone who promotes and protects human rights for all. Scholars explore the subject with the fourth and final lesson from the Introduction to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights series. Pupils share...
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Introduction to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Many people don't realize that all people on the planet are entitled to certain inalienable rights. Scholars discuss the subject with the first of four lessons in the Introduction to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights series....
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Taking Action

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights passed in 1948 when the majority of members of the United Nations voted in favor of the resolution. Scholars use their knowledge of human rights to determine ways they personally can help promote...
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Balancing Human Rights

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Everyone appreciates human rights, but what happens if the rights of an individual conflict with the rights of the larger group? Scholars explore real-life scenarios and debate when to limit rights and when to strictly enforce them. The...
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How Do Human Rights Work?

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Do human rights apply to children? Scholars learn of three children asking for help to determine their rights and how to handle specific situations. Class members must research any laws pertaining to the requested right and how the...
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What Are Human Rights

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
What if, rather than being entitle to human rights, basic human rights had to be purchased? With a fixed income, what rights would you buy? How much would you be willing to pay for a particular right? to gain an understanding of the...
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Unit 5: Human Rights Council

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
When is it the responsibility of the world to step in and address a human rights crisis? The final lesson of a six-part United Nations series examines the role of the Human Rights Council. Using the Model UN format, scholars analyze the...
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Unit 1: Human Rights Concepts

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
The Declaration of Human Rights was put into place as a safeguard for lives across the globe. Scholars investigate current human rights crises in the second lesson of a six-part module using a Model UN curriculum. They research the...
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Global Classrooms Human Rights Unit

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
The United Nations often debate and discuss world issues in an attempt to find common ground. The first lesson of a six-part series introduces scholars to the concept of a Model United Nations. They analyze over the course of five units...
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What Are Your Thoughts?

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
The varying responses of the characters in Mildred Taylor's Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry to the discrimination they experience or perpetrate provides readers with an opportunity to not only examine the feelings of the characters but to...
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Know Your Rights!

For Students K - 12th
Children around the world enjoy a list of rights that protect their bodies, minds, families, and lifestyles. Review the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child with learners of all ages, and teach them all about their rights.
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Media Skills: Crash Course Media Literacy

For Students 8th - 12th Standards
Did you realize that Internet access is a basic human right? For those of us fortunate to have online access, it's essential to have media smarts! Discover the five skills to be media savvy during an engaging video. The host discusses...
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Respect My Rights, Respect My Dignity: Module Two – Housing is A Human Right

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Take learners on a journey throughout the world to discover how other people live. Scholars experience a taste of what life feels like for those in poverty and without housing. Activities include discussions, building a cardboard house,...
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Respect My Rights, Respect My Dignity: Module One – Poverty and Human Rights

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Creating an environment where learners feel both educated and empowered challenges any teacher when discussing a sometimes bleak topic. A respectful resource provides them with the details and permits them to make a plan of action....
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Helen Keller: Author, Advocate, and Activist

For Teachers 3rd - 7th Standards
Have you ever had to work through a disability or shortcoming? Scholars analyze the life and impact of author, advocate, and activist Helen Keller. After researching photos, video clips, and primary sources, individuals form a written...
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Us and Them: Confronting Labels and Lies

For Teachers 8th - 12th Standards
Stereotyping and discrimination based on religion catalyze many atrocities in the world. Explain the awful treatment of Jews and the lies Nazis spread by using an informative yet sensitive resource. Learners participate in a warm-up and...
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Respect My Rights, Respect My Dignity Module Three – Sexual and Reproductive Rights Are Human Rights

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Give learners the support they need to take action in their communities when it comes to sexual and reproductive rights. A resource teaches the class about global issues surrounding gender inequality, including both readings and...
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Special St. Augustine Issue

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
The articles and images in the June 1964 edition of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference Newsletter detail the events in St. Augustine that were instrumental in the passing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The stirring images and...
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Kristallnacht: Decision-Making in Times of Injustice

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Have you ever been singled out in a crowd before? Pupils investigate and analyze the events of the Holocaust. They dive into the life of a middle school student, as well as the diary entries of those in Kristallnacht during World War II. 
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Human Rights and Service Learning (Part 1)

For Teachers 6th - 12th
What better way is there to teach about human rights than by seeing them firsthand? Introduce your class or club to the spirit of service through a myriad of service project ideas. First in a series of human rights instructional...
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Actions and Consequences

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Even the smallest actions can produce big consequences! Explore the results of both good and bad actions through an engaging activity. Grouped pupils analyze scenarios to examine the physical and emotional outcomes of teasing, bullying,...
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Political Theory - John Locke

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
Your high schoolers may be tabula rasa about political theory until they learn about John Locke. Use a thought-provoking video to teach them about his philosophies on the natural rights of all humans, religious tolerance, and of course,...
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Governance, Corruption and Conflict Simulation on Nepal

For Students 9th - Higher Ed
Can your class help the people of Nepal? Scholars take an in-depth look into the social injustices and struggling economy of a country in turmoil during a multi-day role-playing exercise. After reviewing information on the problems...
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Simulation on The Case of “Palmyra”

For Students 9th - Higher Ed
War-torn Palmyra needs your help! Young negotiators play the part of citizens of opposing countries through an eye-opening simulation. The fictional countries of Siwa and Nizwa stand at the brink of war, and your class' job is to create...
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An Introduction to Thomas Paine's The Rights of Man

For Students 11th - Higher Ed Standards
Should leadership be inherited? Is it the responsibility of a government to ensure the rights of its people? Thomas Paine argues in his Rights of Man that it is not only the obligation of a government, but also that revolution is...
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Standing Up for the Rights of Others

For Teachers 8th Standards
What makes Rosa Parks, Mother Teresa, and Nelson Mandela heroic? High schoolers study historical figures who have famously—and perhaps not so famously—stood up for the rights of others before discussing why their chosen person is an...
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Grade 9 ELA Module 4, Unit 1, Lesson 17

For Teachers 9th Standards
How did the Demerara Rebellion of 1823, the death of Reverend John Smith, and the Emancipation Bill of 1833 that abolished slavery throughout the British Empire change the sugar industry? Class members examine how the authors of Sugar...
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Grade 9 ELA Module 4, Unit 1, Lesson 15

For Teachers 9th Standards
The Haitian Revolution takes center stage as class members analyze a passage from Sugar Changed the World and consider how the authors select, present, and organize events to show how the tensions between the concerns for freedom and...
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Human Rights in the U.S.

For Students 6th - 8th
Here's a fun, creative approach to the profoundly important issue of human rights. Young citizens do three activities, two of which involve them finding images from magazines that reflect human rights of their choosing and creating a...
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Civic Engagement and U.S. Immigration Policy

For Students 8th - Higher Ed Standards
To conclude their study of immigration and human rights, class members create a civic engagement project centered on an issue of immigration and designed to influence US immigration policy. They examine examples of attempts to influence...
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Push and Pull Factors and Human Rights

For Students 8th - Higher Ed Standards
What factors might make a person want to emigrate from their home country? What factors might make a person want to immigrate to a new country? Class members study the various waves of immigration to the US, looking at data about the...
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The Rights of Immigrants in the United States

For Students 8th - Higher Ed Standards
Based on their understanding of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Rights of Migrants in the United States, groups adopt a human rights perspective and analyze media reports to evaluate how the US is addressing the rights...
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Human Rights Defined

For Students 8th - Higher Ed Standards
Class members continue their investigation of the factors that influence migration with a lesson plan on human rights. As they examine the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and selected US Constitutional Amendments, learners compare...
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The 15th and 19th Amendments to the U.S. Constitution

For Teachers 7th - 8th Standards
Who gets to vote? Learn more about struggles for suffrage throughout United States history with a lesson based on primary source documents. Middle schoolers debate the importance of women's suffrage and African American suffrage before...
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Informed Citizenship—Civil Rights

For Teachers 9th - 10th
To launch a study of civil rights, class members brainstorm rules and expectations of behaviors at home, in school, in the workplace, and in sports. They then look at civil rights cases and examine the rules embedded in these cases. 
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The Price of Personal Responsibility

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
A reading of Patrick Henry's "Speech in the Virginia Convention," Henry David Thoreau's "Civil Disobedience," and Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "Letter from Birmingham Jail" launch a discussion about the price one is willing to pay to...
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Are These Human Right Violations?

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Using the Declaration of Human Rights and the United States Constitution as reference tools, class members examine 14 scenarios to decide if the situation represents a violation of human rights, and if these same rights are protected by...
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Thin Ice Encompassed by Increasing Fire: Conflict and Struggle for Human Rights in the Middle East

For Teachers 11th - 12th Standards
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...
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EU and Turkey

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Should Turkey be admitted to the European Union? Before debating this question, class members research the background and stated purpose of the EU, read articles of Turkey's bid to become a member of the EU, and the concerns other...
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Teaching Social Studies in English

For Teachers 7th - 10th
Case studies, an examination of images, and readings of passages from the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child are used to spark conversations in ESL/ELD social studies classes about this highly-charged topic. Using a variety of...
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What Are the Universal Human Rights?

For Students 7th - 12th
Help class members develop an understanding of the complexity of establishing an enunciation of universal human rights, with this short video that overviews the some of the issues involved.
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Civil Rights Biography: Rosa Parks

For Students 3rd - 8th
Add to your instruction on the civil rights movement with this biography of Rosa Parks. Class members read the one-page summary of her life, which focuses mainly on the part she played in the bus boycott. After reading, pupils respond to...
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Civil Rights Biography: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

For Students 3rd - 8th
Introduce your class to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his many accomplishments through a one-page biography. Class members read the text and respond to three questions included at the end. 
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I Have Rights?!

For Teachers 4th - 8th Standards
Do young people have rights in the United States? Your pupils will not only learn the answer to this important question, but will also build vocabulary through cloze activities and gain a thorough introduction to the Bill of Rights.
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That’s Not Fair!

For Teachers 1st - 6th
As part of a series of critical thinking exercises, kids consider issues of social justice, especially the factors that must be considered when trying to balance conflicting rights and freedoms.
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Using Historic Digital Newspapers for National History Day

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Your learners will take a trip through history as they peruse through historic digitalized newspapers, reading real articles from such historical periods in the United States as the Temperance movement and passage of the Thirteenth...
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Deconstructing Genocide: The Ultimate Crime Against Humanity

For Teachers 11th - 12th Standards
There are eight stages of an atrocity known as genocide, and it's important to understand how they are represented so we can fight against it in the future. As young historians watch video clips of ten Jewish Holocaust survivors'...
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The Right to Housing

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Explore housing rights. After a brainstorming activity and a brief explanation of the right to housing, learners complete either one of or both of the included crossword puzzles. Class members read a fact sheet about the right to housing...
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The People Behind the Statistics

For Teachers 8th - 12th Standards
Invite your class to experience human rights situations first hand. Following an introduction to human rights, class members read statements and categorize them as a whole class. They then work in small groups to prepare a role play as...
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Human Rights in the US

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Introduce your class to human rights and ask them to consider big questions about being human. Small groups create characters and represent their characters on large paper with images and words. After a discussion, they define human...
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Examine the Media

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Take a look at media though a critical lens. Class members cut out images of women from magazines and conduct a gallery walk, considering the portrayal of women and men in these images. They then read an article and discuss the content...
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John Lewis: Non-Violent Activism

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
After comparing and contrasting non-violent and violent social movements, your young historians will take a closer look at the work and influence of John Lewis on the civil rights movement. They will then choose a current social justice...
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Constitutional Principles

For Students 8th - 12th
Keep track of constitutional principles with a graphic organizer. Pupils define, describe the origins of, and note down the location of the following terms: checks and balances, federalism, individual rights, limited government, popular...
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Voting Rights Speech Before Congress

For Students 8th - 12th Standards
Is your class studying civil rights? Consider taking a look at President Lyndon B. Johnson's voting rights speech. This resource includes an abridged version and three related questions. Pupils consider Johnson's use of language and the...
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Supreme Court Brief

For Teachers 11th - 12th Standards
There are so many monumental Supreme Court cases in United States history, and this project will allow your learners to choose ones that interest them most and present the facts of the case to the class. This resource outlines the...
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Documented Rights Educational Lesson Plan

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
How have groups struggled to have their unalienable rights recognized in the United States? Acting as a research team for the Human Rights Council of the United Nations, your young historians will break into groups to research how people...
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I Can’t Wear What?

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Can schools ban t-shirts picturing musical groups or bands? Your young citizens will find out with this resource, which includes a summary of a United States Supreme Court case from the 1960s about a similar dispute over students wearing...
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Government Final Project

For Teachers 11th - 12th Standards
What is the right to privacy? Does censorship violate the First Amendment? Should a school reflect the religious values of a community? These are just some of the great research topics regarding civil liberties that are suggested in this...
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The Negro Leagues: The People, Places and Experiences of Black Baseball

For Teachers 4th - 6th Standards
Get out of the classroom and go for a walk, all while teaching young scholars about the Negro baseball leagues of the early and mid-1900s. Based on a Walking Classroom podcast, this lesson explores the widespread impact of segregation on...
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Introduction to Personal Genetics

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Adolescents have the opportunity to consider how they feel about the possibilities presented by the current availability of genetic sequencing. After some instruction, they participate in a four-corners activity in which you read a...
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“Letter from Birmingham Jail” – Activity

For Students 11th - 12th
"Whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly." This line from Dr. Martin Luther King's "Letter from the Birmingham Jail" is the focus of a directed reading activity that asks individuals to identify King's argument and to...
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Choosing to Participate Posters

For Teachers 3rd - 12th
"A poster exhibit to encourage dialogue, engagement, respect, and participation in our communities..." This is a set of attractive posters that reference influential historical figures, such as George Washington and Albert Einstein, and...
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Brown v. Board of Education

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Follow the fiercest battles for racial equality, starting with Brown vs. Board of Education. Watch Martin Luther King as he fought for the rights of African American students entering desegregated schools.
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Freedom Summer

For Teachers 9th - 12th
"We came together because we had to." A group of 300 volunteers worked together to head down to Mississippi and help push the Civil Rights Movement. Learn about some of their struggles and discuss the idea of social responsibility with...
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Montgomery Bus Boycott

For Teachers 9th - 12th
It's December 1, 1955, and a tired African American woman refuses to give up her seat for a white man on a bus in Montgomery. This woman is Rosa Parks. While she wasn't the first person to stay seated despite the current laws, her arrest...
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James Meredith and Ole Miss

For Teachers 9th - 12th
"Americans are free to disagree with the law, but not to disobey it." Mobs were rampant on the campus of Ole Miss during the years of desegregation, or integration, and Kennedy attempted to discourage any mobs and riots while the first...
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Selma - Montgomery March

For Teachers 9th - 12th
In 1965, only 300 out of 14,000 African American citizens were registered to vote in the sleepy town of Selma, Alabama. The Dallas County Voters League and Martin Luther King Jr. lead marches designed to protest the ridiculous tests...
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The March on Washington

For Teachers 9th - 12th
"I have a dream..." Join Martin Luther King Junior and thousands of US citizens in Washington, where he delivered his famous speech on equality. Have your kids create their own dream speech after watching this video.
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Voting Rights Act of 1965

For Teachers 9th - 12th
If African Americans were given the right to vote after the Civil War (in 1865), why were they still fighting for it in 1965? Change can be difficult to accept, and many people were still angered at the rights African Americans gained...
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Building Background Knowledge: Why Do Workers Strike? (Chapter 11: "Los Aguacates/Avocados")

For Teachers 5th Standards
Make connections between Esperanza Rising and human rights with the activities outlined here. The instructional activity starts out with a brief quiz and review of the novel. After that, pupils circulate and share quote strips that you...
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End of Unit 1 Assessment: On-Demand Analysis of a Human Rights Account

For Teachers 5th Standards
The last instructional activity in this unit about human rights consists of a final assessment. To demonstrate the skills your class has acquired throughout this unit, they will work with a new article entitled "From Kosovo to the United...
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Main Ideas in Informational Text: Analyzing a Firsthand Human Rights Account for Connections to Specific Articles of the UDHR

For Teachers 5th Standards
Lesson 10 in a series of human rights lessons focuses on the skills of finding evidence and summarizing. Your young readers work to compare the two texts they have read in this unit: the Universal Declaration of Human Rights...
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Main Ideas in Informational Text: Analyzing a Firsthand Human Rights Account

For Teachers 5th Standards
Although this is part of a series, lesson plan nine has your class take a break from their close study of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) text to read the firsthand account “Teaching Nepalis to Read, Plant, and Vote” by...
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Close Reading: Becoming Experts on Specific Articles of the UDHR

For Teachers 5th Standards
A continuation of the previous lesson, which is part of a larger group of lessons on human rights (see additional materials). Here, in Lesson 7, your class will explore more articles from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. After...
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Close Reading: Unpacking Specific Articles of the UDHR

For Teachers 5th Standards
Lesson 6 of this extensive unit finally has your class begin to work their way through specific articles from the text of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). Before examining the rights actually detailed in the document,...
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Mid-Unit 1 Assessment: Human Rights Vocabulary and Common Prefixes

For Teachers 5th Standards
Here is a mid-unit assessment for a group of lessons studying the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). The first half of this instructional activity calls for several forms of review. Your class will review the content of the...
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Vocabulary: Human Rights

For Teachers 5th Standards
Your class continues to explore the history of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In addition to learning about the background of this text, learners work on the skill of identifying and understanding key academic vocabulary....
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Close Reading: The Introduction to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

For Teachers 5th Standards
As part of a group of lessons, your class will return to the primary text for this unit, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Key vocabulary as well as close reading strategies continue to be the focus skills; however, this lesson...
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Building Background: A Short History of Human Rights

For Teachers 5th Standards
Before continuing to read the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, learners need to understand why and how this document was written. First, show and discuss a video from UNICEF to demonstrate the need for such a document. Then have...
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Getting Ready to Learn About Human Rights: Close Reading of Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR)

For Teachers 5th Standards
Introduce young readers to informational texts with a well-designed, ready-to-use, and Common Core-aligned unit. Young readers learn a variety of skills while studying the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). As the first...
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Ethos, Logos, & Pathos in Civil Rights Movement Speeches

For Teachers 7th - 9th Standards
Examine three speeches while teaching Aristotle's appeals. Over the course of three days, class members fill out a graphic organizer about ethos, pathos, and logos, complete an anticipatory guide, read speeches by Martin Luther King Jr.,...
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Martin Luther King

For Teachers 2nd
This PowerPoint has simple slides that outline Martin Luther King's life and pivotal moments in his career. Important facts are an excellent jumping off point for further discussion, research or class project or as a review for...
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Civil Rights Leader: Rosa Parks

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
All humans should have civil rights, but that wasn't the case in Alabama. This biographical presentation shares information about the life and inspiration that Rosa Parks brought to the Civil Rights movement. It explains her thoughts,...
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Shakespeare Was A Black Woman

For Teachers 7th - 12th
"I all alone beweep my outcast state." After a discussion of the "Shakespeare in American Life" segment in which Maya Angelou's relates her reaction to Sonnet 29, class groups create and perform a scene about an outcast that includes the...
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Shaking the Movers: Youth Rights and Media

For Teachers 9th - 10th
Children have rights! Exploring those rights and using media to express those rights is the focus of this Media Awareness Network lesson. Although some of the law links reflect the Canadian Articles of The Convention, the majority of the...
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Martin Luther King Milestones

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Learners investigate the life of Martin Luther King and conduct research using a variety of resources. The information is used in order to create a project that highlights the major accomplishments of Martin Luther King. They also...
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Homophobia: What is It? What Can We Do About It?

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
A two-part lesson plan focuses on the sensitive issues of homophobia, discrimination, sexuality, and gender. Middle schoolers discuss individual and institutional discrimination, personal rights, homosexuality, and bullying.
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Lesson: Tlatelolco: Mexican Student Massacre 1968

For Teachers 10th - 12th
The Massacre of Tlatelolco is the focus of a discussion-based lesson. Civil-minded learners consider the nature of student movements that have ended in violence based on over-reaction and government oppression. They discuss the social...
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Examining Your Rights: Answering Typical Interview Questions

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students identify discriminating questions in employment interviews. In this diversity lesson, students discuss legal and illegal job interview questions and then role play situations which require them to answer or avert the interview...
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Rhythmical Phrases and Sentences

For Teachers 7th
Get ready to write some music! First learners practice identifying and creating rhythmic phrases and sentences, then they get acquainted with the G Major scale. Finally, they compose a jingle on human rights. A well-organized music...
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Lesson: Emory Douglas: Art and Activism

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Visual literacy can be experienced in many different ways. Learners discuss the times, graphic art, and cultural significance of activism in art as they explore artist and Black Panther, Emory Douglas. This is a discussion-based lesson...
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The Past Half Century: Achieving Equality

For Teachers 4th - 12th
Students analyze reactions to the Brown vs. Education decision of 1954. In this segregation instructional activity, student look at the actions that were taken in the education world as a result of the Brown decision. They watch a CD,...
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Proposition 8 Struck Down

For Students 9th - 12th
Have your class examine the issues surrounding same-sex marriage, civil rights, and proposition 8. They read a New York Times article entitled "Proposition 8 Struck Down" and then answer 10 who, what, when, where, and why questions....
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Same-Sex Marriage Legalized in New York

For Students 9th - 11th
Same-sex marriage is the hot topic discussed in this New York Times article. Upper graders read the article and then answer eight comprehension questions. Note: This article is more about the Senate and legislation than about same-sex...
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You and the Law 2 (in Society and in the Workplace)

For Teachers 10th - 11th
Students discuss rights, responsibilities, and freedoms they have as students and citizens, read case studies to examine specific laws that protect citizens in everyday situations, and create and role play situations where rights and...
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Writing Exercises: World War I, #3

For Students 8th - 10th
What does your class know about WWI? They can share their knowledge by responding to three short-answer questions. They'll discuss human rights issues during WWI, the role of imperialism, and causes of the war from the perspective of the...
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The Reformers: Martin Luther and César Chávez

For Students 7th
Kids consider the characteristics needed to be reformers like Martin Luther King and Cesar Chavez. They read a series of quotes focused on both animal and human rights to answer eight critical thinking questions. 
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It's Your Right: A Civil Rights Brochure

For Teachers 12th
Learners examine the US Constitution, Bill of Rights, and Supreme Court cases in order to broaden their understanding of the US Judicial System. They research a variety of textual and Internet resources to create a tri-fold brochure,...
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Breaking Barriers

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Determine how African-Americans have broken barriers in this history lesson. Middle schoolers discuss the 15th Amendment and the American civil rights movement prior to analyzing Barack Obama's speech "A More Perfect Union," taking care...
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Bringing Animal Issues into the Classroom: César Chávez

For Students 5th
Fifth graders get critical and political while they begin thinking about human and animal rights in relation to the US Constitution. This hand out includes answers to several questions regarding Cesar Chavez and his work to secure rights...
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Exploring the Heroes of Social Justice Movements

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Learners explore social justice, the civil rights movement, and everyday heroes. They view video clips, learn about James Armstrong: The Barber of Birmingham, and create their own hero wall. They present their walls to the class and...
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Can the World be a Fair and Just Place?

For Teachers 5th - 7th Standards
Use famous orators of the past to teach rhetoric to your middle schoolers. In groups, they examine speeches by Malcolm X, Barack Obama, and John F. Kennedy, creating and presenting Wordsplashes to display keywords and their stance on...
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Perspective and Point of View: Day 2 Task 2

For Teachers 6th Standards
Sixth graders will listen to Dr. Martin Luther King's speech, I Have A Dream in order to discuss rhetoric, word choice, and how the author conveyed his ideas and perspective. They discuss key points and how literary devices were used to...