What are Human Rights?

Wednesday 1/17

Today’s Objective(s): SWBAT

  1. Define human rights
  2. Generally describe how our human rights came to be

Do Now – 10 minutes

On a lined piece of paper, please take 1 minute to discuss with your neighbor, then 5 minutes to respond in writing to, the following questions:

  1. Do you have human rights?
  2. What human rights to you have?

We’ll discuss this as a class.

LESSON – 20 minutes

Today we’ll be watching the below video, and answering some key questions as we begin to get clear on what human rights are. We’ll watch the video the first time, taking notes on what we find important. And then I’ll provide you the list of questions you’ll need to answer, and we’ll watch it a 2nd time. Obviously, if you are doing this outside of class (if you were sick, for example), you’ll have the questions available the first time, as they are listed here.

We’ll discuss our answers to these questions as a class.


  1. How many human rights are there?
  2. Where are these human rights listed?
  3. List some of the ideas, documents, events and people that helped human rights develop into what we know them as today.
  4. What is the basic purpose of the United Nations?
  5. Who at the UN oversaw the effort to establish what human rights are?
  6. What did they create that clearly lists the human rights we all have?
  7. Now that we have this UDOHR, why do we still see so many human rights abuses around the world?
  8. So how do we secure and guarantee human rights for everyone?


No homework today since I’m absent. :(

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  1. Frida and Tyler

    create understanding about human rights and their issues in our community to create new and pressing ideas to help out community.


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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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