Introduction to the UDHR

Monday 1/22

Today’s Objective(s): SWBAT

  1. Explain what the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is
  2. Explain who Eleanor Roosevelt was

Do Now – 5 minutes

Turn and talk to your partner for 2 minutes (take turns, 1 minute each) and discuss…

The Big Idea
The Essential Question
The Challenge

For our current unit. The goal here is to spend a moment thinking about, then talking about, the Engage Phase of our current challenge since it will be the inspiration for the work we do over the coming 5-6 weeks.

LESSON – 40 minutes

Today you’ll be working with a text to get a foundational understanding of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The specific assignment can be found here, but if you’re in class, it will be provided to you (it has been printed out to give you the chance to mark up the text as you read).

As the directions state…

Read and annotate the following article discussing how and why the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was created, then answer the questions on the following page. Some words have been defined for you at the bottom, but be sure to underline and define any other words you are unfamiliar with.

NOTE: Annotate means to mark up, circle, underline, write notes, ask questions etc., to show that you really interacted with this text. Please be sure your document shows this.

This is independent work, but you should feel free to ask your peers for help if you get stuck or have questions. This is due upon arrival to Tuesday’s class.

Closing – 5 minutes

Nothing today.



If you didn’t finish the reading and associated questions, you should complete that work for homework. Be sure you are marking up the text.

Unit Objectives

  1. Identify the 30 HRs and articulate why human rights are important to them as individuals
  2. Order and explain the historical evolution of HRs using primary sources
  3. Identify historical and/or modern day examples of HRs violations
  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


Reading/annotating a text, and answering comprehension questions.


We’ll be reviewing the 1st 5 human rights and engaging in a problem solving activity.


Human rights 6-11 will be the focus, along with a mock trial.


We’ll finish the week on human rights 12-18, and then consider a scenario to offer some advice about.

Quote of the Week

“Surrounding yourself with people in a hurry to get where you’re going is a great way to get there.”

Seth Godin


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