You are the problem solver

Wednesday 1/24

Today’s Objective(s): SWBAT

  1. Clearly define human rights
  2. Begin identifying the 30 universal human rights
  3. Work together to develop solutions to HR violations

Do Now – 2 minutes

Clear your desks completely, and talk to your table partners to see if you can recall the first 5 human rights. We’ll discuss it as a class afterwards to see how you did.

LESSON – 40 minutes

Activity: Problem Solving Human Rights 1 through 5

Now that we’ve had a chance to explore the first 5 human rights, we’ll be working in our groups to consider several human rights abuses, as well as potential solutions to these problems. You’ll be given a specific scenario that clearly describes one of these 5 human rights being violated, and your job will be to come up with a solution.

You’ll have 10 minutes to complete your task. The steps involved are as follows:

  1. One person in the group reads the scenario out loud to the others
  2. Discuss the scenario to be sure everyone understands
  3. Explain how this scenario relates to the human right that is listed
  4. Explain how this scenario represents a violation of the human right listed
  5. Brainstorm possible solutions to the situation
    • All ideas should be valued
    • Everyone should participate
    • Nobody’s ideas should be dismissed or made fun ot
    • Somebody in the group MUST write down all ideas
  6. Choose the idea that the group agrees is the best, and develop that idea
    • Talk about it with each other
    • Work to refine the idea
  7. Write a clear explanation of your solution that can be read to the class

We’ll finish with each group reading their scenario to the class as well as the solution they came up with.

Introducing Human Rights 6 through 11

We’ll finish up today by exploring human rights 6-11, just like we did yesterday with numbers 1-5. I’ll be reading the full text of each right from the UDHR, and then we’ll watch a short video for each to help us make sense of the human right in question.

Start off by writing HUMAN RIGHTS in big lettering across your paper, and write numbers 6 through 11 below it, each on a separate line.

After each short video, you should write down the human right it shows in your notes, next to the correct number.

Closing – 3 minutes

Look back at the definition for human rights that you wrote down yesterday. Read it to your table partners, making sure that each person in your group has a chance to listen to and recite the definition.


Respond to the Basecamp Message Board item titled HOMEWORK, WEDNESDAY 1/24. It will ask you to answer the following question…

Do you think the US protects everyone’s HR #7?

‘We’re all equal before the law’

Explain yourself fully.


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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