Prioritizing Human Rights

Thursday 2/8/18

Today’s Objective(s): SWBAT

  1. Prioritize the 30 HR by identifying the HR they think is most important (Unit LTO)
  2. Communicate ideas effectively (Course LTO)
  3. Support ideas based on sound reasoning (Course LTO)

Do Now – 5 minutes

Please reflect on your homework from last night and be ready to share your thoughts in a class discussion.

LESSON – 50 minutes

Today’s work is about prioritization. Like so many things we learn about, the entire list of human rights (from the Universal Declaration of HR) can be overwhelming. Having the ability to prioritize among many things is important to our ability to both make meaning for ourselves as well as imagine how we might have an impact as individuals.

You’ll be working individually to complete the prioritizing activity, though you are welcome to talk with your peers as you do so, sharing your thoughts, asking questions, etc.

During this activity, you’ll be asked to consider 2 human rights at a time, and decide which one is more important. You’ll do this multiple times until the original list is cut in half, and then you’ll do it again with the remaining human rights. And again, and again, until you are left with the single human right that is most important to you.

Along the way, you’ll have to explain your choices. You’ll notice 6 of the boxes on the activity are numbered…for each of those decisions, you’ll provide a written explanation for WHY you chose what you chose. These explanations aren’t just ‘I think X is more important than Y’. We know that already…you chose X. What we need to know is why you chose it. As ever, precise language is critical, as is justifying your choice based on something personally relevant and meaningful.

We will go through an example together as a class.

Closing – 3 minutes

A few willing volunteers will read their number 1 human right, and share with the class why they chose what they chose.


Please respond to the Basecamp Message Board item titled “Homework: Thursday 2/8/18”.

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


Notebook setup


We have a speaker coming to talk about human right #25 (food and shelter for all)


Reflect on Tuesday’s speaker and intro the final 5 human rights (#26-30)


We’ll work to prioritize the 30 HR to determine which we think is most important. By breaking something big (the UDHR) into something smaller, and more manageable, we’re better able to imagine how we might have an impact.

Quote of the Week

““What if each of us were motivated by curiosity instead <of doing the bare minimum>? Or generosity? Perhaps we could learn to see possibility instead of risk..”

Seth Godin


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