Where Do Human Rights Begin?

Author:
 USC Shoah Foundation
Grade Level:
  9 -  12
Language:
 English
Estimated completion time:
 2 hour(s)
Standards Addressed:
 Common Core; ISTE-NETS
Subject Area:
 Character Education, Civics & Government, English Language Arts, World History

Description:
In this activity, students will learn about the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and will, through the close reading of audiovisual testimony, understand the ways in which these rights have been violated in recent history. They will consider the impact of human rights violations and the individual's responsibility to defend human rights. To demonstrate their understanding of the UDHR, students will produce an acrostic poem about defending human rights.

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Thumbnail image: Former U.S. First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt with the English version of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, November 1949. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Eleanor_Roosevelt_and_Human_Rights_Declaration.jpg

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