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Thursday 3/15/18

Today’s Objective(s): SWBAT

  1. Explain ‘The Challenge”
  2. Identify missing information/understanding
  3. Discuss the HR issues present in Vista

Do Now – 3 minutes

  1. Notebooks open to 30/31 – be prepared to discuss your answers

LESSON – 50 minutes

Okay, to start things off, in your table groups, see if you can remember the Challenge we’re currently working on. Talk it out and see what you come up with.

Now that we’ve spent quite a while digging into human rights, it’s time to step back for a minute and get clear on not only where we’re headed, but where we’ve been, and what more is left to do.

We’ll spend some time discussing the 3 phases of the CBL framework:

The Challenge Based Learning Logo, click to go to Digital Promise's CBL resource

And, of course, there are multiple steps within each phase. For example, the 3 parts of the Engage Phase are:

  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

Closing – 5 minutes



Please respond to the Basecamp Message Board item titled Homework: Monday 3/12/18

The content and activities discussed on this post either come directly from, or were inspired by, the EdX course called “The Rights of Refugees“, which was created by Amnesty International.

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


Setup notebooks for exploration of US Refugee Policy


Explore resources connected to US Refugee policy and answer key questions (MrD will be out and you will have a sub)


Continue Tuesday’s work, completing questions on pages 30 and 31 of your notebooks based on the resources introduced on Monday.


Reintroduce the current Challenge


What do we know, what do we need to know? Activity…

Quote of the Week

“Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.”

John Muir


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