The Human Rights Challenge

Thursday 1/18

Today’s Objective(s): SWBAT

  1. Clearly explain the Engage phase of the HR Challenge
  2. Brainstorm GQs that will help guide our investigation

Do Now – 10 minutes

Turn and talk – first to your partner, then to a group next to yours, and respond to the following prompt:

Describe the 3 phases of CBL

We’ll discuss this as a class. We’ll also review the extremely famous artist’s rendering of the CBL Framework, pictured below.

LESSON – 15 minutes

Today, we’ll spend some time discussing the 3 components to the Engage Phase of the Human Rights challenge. As you may recall (and as we just discussed), the Engage Phase of the CBL framework has 3 parts:

  1. The Big Idea – the broad concept to be explored
  2. The Essential Question – connects the Big Idea to our own lives
  3. The Challenge – turns the Essential Question into a call to action to learn deeply about the Big Idea

For the Human Rights Challenge, our Engage Phase looks like this.


A Contemporary Take on Human Rights


How can we address Human Rights issues in our own community?


Create a Declaration of Human Rights for Vista that addresses the modern human rights issues you see in our community

ACTIVITY – 25 minutes

Now that we have the Engage Phase established, think back to that picture above. What happens next??

Yep, that’s right, we think to ourselves, ‘What do I need to know or learn in order to complete this challenge?’ And the answers to that question are the guiding questions we’ll need to explore as we make our way through the Investigate Phase.

So let’s do that. Let’s ask ourselves what we need to know or learn in order to complete this challenge, and then let’s brainstorm answers to that question. We’ll talk with our partners first, and then we’ll take 3 minutes and come up with as many questions, silently, as we can.

Remember, QUANTITY is the goal at this point. It doesn’t matter if the questions are good or bad right now, what matters is that you generate as many questions about this challenge as you can.

When we’re done, we’ll compare notes, talk about our questions, and begin to prioritize and refine them. We’ll do this in small groups and as a class.

Closing – 5 minutes

Turn and talk

  • Take 1 minute to describe, in as much detail as possible, the Big Idea, the Essential Question and the Challenge we’ll we working on in this unit on Human Rights.
  • Your partner should be listening closely to your description.
  • When you’re done, switch roles.



Create a Project in Basecamp called Human Rights. If you’re unsure how to do that, please watch this brief tutorial…

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


No school.


Today’s focus is on putting the new unit’s Learning Objectives in our own words, so we fully understand why we’re learning what we’re learning.


We’ll be getting clear on exactly what human rights are by watching a brief introduction video and answering some questions.


We’ll be setting up the Challenge for this unit by discussing human rights within the context of the CBL framework.

Quote of the Week

“The very best thing you can do for the whole world is to make the most of yourself.”

Wallace Wattles


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