History and Human Rights

Tuesday 2/13/18

Today’s Objective(s): SWBAT

  1. Engage in active listening to identify main ideas and supporting information to achieve in-depth understanding
  2. Apply their understanding of the 30 human rights to a novel (new/interesting) situation

Do Now – 5 minutes

  • Notebooks open to page 16-17
  • Pencils on desks
  • Prepare to discuss last night’s homework

LESSON – 50 minutes

Today we’re going to spend the period listening…but not to me. :)  Instead, we’ll be using a history podcastAn episodic series of digital audio or video files which a user can download and listen to. It is often available for subscription, so that new episodes are automatically downloaded via web syndication to the user's own local computer, mobile application, or portable media player. to learn more about the time period in which the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) was created. This is useful, naturally, simply for the historical background. (Wikipedia)

But it’s also an opportunity to…

  • Practice our active listening skills
  • Apply what we know about human rights to the real world

As you listen, naturally, you’ll be doing so to gain a better understanding of the time period. But you also have a very specific task to complete. Namely, you need to be listening for any mention of issues connected to the 30 human rights. And when you hear it, you’ll need to write down, in your notebook, two things:

  1. The human right it relates to (the title, like “Right to Life” or “No Slavery”)
  2. A brief description of the scenario being described that you think connects to this human right

So, to clarify, you’re identifying the human right – this is your claim. AND you’re providing evidence for your claim. And the evidence comes directly from the podcast audio.

Right to Privacy
When the man comes to the house to talk to someone about his neighbor.

Freedom of Thought/Expression
In addition to a violation of privacy, when the man comes to talk about the neighbor, he’s doing so because he claims the neighbor THINKS a certain way about government (supports Communism) and EXPRESSES those thoughts by supporting certain groups. He should be free to do so.

Today’s Podcast

Closing – 5 minutes

Share with your table group all the human rights you identified. See who got the most…and if you are missing some that others identified, write them down in your notebook.


Please respond to the Basecamp Message Board item titled “Homework: Tuesday 2/13/18”.

Unit Objectives

  1. Identify the 30 human rights, prioritize among these rights, and articulate why human rights are important to them as individuals
  2. Apply understanding of human rights to new situations
  3. Demonstrate the ability to see the world from another person’s perspective
  4. Synthesize understanding about existing HRs, and about HRs issues in our community to develop new, relevant ideas that connect to our community

This Week’s Agenda


Finishing up our HR Prioritization and previewing the week ahead.


Digging into some Cold War History by listening to a podcast, and applying our HR knowledge


We have a speaker coming – we’ll be meeting in the Library during period 2


More podcast/history/human rights fun

Quote of the Week

“No one saves us but ourselves. No one can, and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.”



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