Freedom of Expression

Freedom of Expression

Thursday 2/1/18


Today’s Objective(s): SWBAT

  1. Continue to identify the 30 Universal HR
  2. Consider the limitations of our HR
  3. Communicate ideas effectively (LTO)
  4. Support ideas based on sound reasoning (LTO)

Do Now – 10 minutes

On a lined piece of paper, please respond to the following prompt:

Let’s imagine for a minute that you got the below text from a close friend. What advice would you give him or her? Please write a thorough response in which you offer the best advice you can to your friend, and explain why you think what you think.

“hey, my bro snuck into my room and read my journal. guilty jerk had no right, he knows he’s not allowed in my room. when i called him out, he said he was doing it for my own good. same thing he always says. what should i do?”

We’ll discuss as a class.

LESSON – 45 minutes

Human Rights 19-25

We’ll begin by introducing the next 7 human rights using the same format as the previous 18 human rights.

19. Freedom of Expression
20. The Right to Public Assembly
21. The Right to Democracy
22. The Right to Social Security
23. Worker’s Rights
24. The Right to Play
25. Food and Shelter for All

Freedom of Expression Activity

Next up, we’ll engage in an activity that has us exploring HR #19 – Freedom of Expression. Because here’s the thing, rights do have limits. The Freedom to Move, for example, doesn’t mean we can go anywhere we want. I can’t move into your house, right? I can’t kick you out of your own home just because I want to live there.

A common way to think about rights is reflected in the following idea:

My rights end where your rights begin

And the idea is simple. I’m free to exercise my human rights, but only to the point where they don’t infringe on your ability to do the same. If the way I’m exercising my rights keeps you from exercising yours, then I’m crossing a line. And it’s this line that we’re going to explore today related to the Freedom of Expression.

The Scenarios

You’ll be split into 6 groups and tasked with considering, and discussing, one of the following scenarios:

  1. Members of a neo-Nazi organization dressed in WWII German military uniforms conduct a parade in a Jewish neighborhood
  2. Protesters burn the American flag on the steps of the Capitol building on a 4th of July celebration
  3. An online wiki group publishes thousands of classified U.S. military documents about the Afghanistan war
  4. The local chapter of the Ku Klux Klan opens an office three blocks from the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Alabama where 4 small girls were killed after a bomb exploded
  5. Cartoons of the prophet Muhammad, depicted as a terrorist, are printed on large signs and set up on public property across the street of a mosque
  6. A political organization spends thousands of dollars in advertising to encourage people not to vote in the next election

Whichever one you are assigned, within your group, please identify and discuss the following:

  • Identify the action being taken, who is taking it, and who it affects.
  • Discuss whether you feel this action is protected by HR 19
  • What effect might the action have on the people being offended? What rights of theirs do you feel are being violated?
  • How would you determine whether the feelings of the people being offended outweigh the rights of those exercising their right to freedom of expression?

After you’ve discussed the questions in your groups, you’ll have a spokesperson read the scenario on your card and summarize your group’s discussion. We’ll discuss each as a class.

Closing – 2 minutes

Pair up with one other person at your table and read him/her each of today’s human rights (#19-25). Switch and listen to your partner do the same.

Homework

No homework today friends. Enjoy Wellness tomorrow, and have a great weekend.

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

Monday

Performing our mock trials

Tuesday

Human Rights quiz, and introduction to HRs # 12-18.

Wednesday

GQ Review and introduce HR 12-18

Thursday

Introduce HR 19-25 and explore Freedom of Expression in depth

Quote of the Week

““Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Reviewing Human Rights GQs

Reviewing Human Rights GQs

Wednesday 1/31/18


Today’s Objective(s): SWBAT

  1. Clearly define human rights
  2. Begin identifying the 30 universal human rights
  3. Connect one of today’s human rights to their own lives

Do Now – 2 minutes

Please take out the work you did on the guiding questions yesterday and be prepared to discuss them.

LESSON – 50 minutes

Guiding Question Review

We’ll spend some time today discussing your answers to the GQs as a class, and making sure we all have a clear sense of what we’ve learned so far in this challenge. And we’ll consider, and discuss, the question, “Have we learned enough?”

Human Rights 12-18

We’ll also introduce the next 7 human rights using the same format as the previous 11 human rights.

12. The right to privacy
13. Freedom to move
14. The right to seek a safe place to live
15. The right to a nationality
16. Marriage and family
17. The right to your own things
18. Freedom of thought

Closing – 5 minutes

Pair up with one other person at your table and tell him/her which of the 18 human rights we’ve talked about to this point seems most important to you, and tell them why. Switch roles and listen to your partner’s answer.

Homework

Please respond to the Basecamp Message Board item titled “Homework: Wednesday 1/31/18”. You’ll be responding to the following question:

Describe an example of one of today’s human rights (12-18) being violated in your own life, or in the life of someone you know. As always, be thorough and specific.

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

Monday

Performing our mock trials

Tuesday

Human Rights quiz, and introduction to HRs # 12-18.

Wednesday

GQ Review and introduce HR 12-18

Thursday

Introduce HR 19-25 and explore Freedome of Expression in depth

Quote of the Week

““Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Human Rights Quiz and Guiding Questions

Human Rights Quiz and Guiding Questions

Tuesday 1/30/18


Today’s Objective(s): SWBAT

  1. Clearly define human rights
  2. Begin identifying the 30 universal human rights (1-11)

Do Now – 5 minutes

Review your notes in preparation for the quiz.

LESSON – 50 minutes

Quiz

The first 15 minutes of today’s work will be spent taking a 2 question quiz. This is an independent, silent activity. If 15 minutes isn’t enough time, sorry, you don’t know the material. I’m sure you’ll do great.

Answer Guiding Questions

After the quiz, you’ll have the rest of the period to work with your table groups to answer the guiding questions we’ve been working on to this point. This is an opportunity to slow down a bit and take notice of what we’ve learned. Whenever we’re working through a challenge, we have to assess our learning from time to time to see if we’ve gained enough understanding to complete our challenge. If so, great, we move on to the Act phase. If not, we continue our investigation.

This work is due tomorrow, please use your class time productively .

Closing – 0 minutes

No closing today, just work to finish answering the guiding questions.

Homework

Your only homework is to finish answering the GQs. If you did that in class, you have no homework.

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

Monday

Performing our mock trials

Tuesday

Human Rights quiz, and introduction to HRs # 12-18.

Wednesday

GQ Review and introduce HR 12-18

Thursday

Introduce HR 19-25 and explore Freedome of Expression in depth

Quote of the Week

““Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Mock Trial Performed

Mock Trial Performed

Monday 1/29/18


Today’s Objective(s): SWBAT

  1. Clearly define human rights
  2. Begin identifying the 30 universal human rights
  3. Demonstrate the protections that existing laws provide related to our HR

Do Now – 5 minutes

Coordinate with your group and prepare to perform your mock trial skit.

LESSON – 35 minutes

Activity: Mock Trial

Today you’ll be performing the mock trial that you and your group created based on the following 6 human rights.

6. You have rights no matter where you go
7. We’re all equal before the law
8. Your human rights are protected by law
9. No unfair detainment
10. The right to trial
11. We’re always innocent until proven guilty

Depending on which group you were in, your assignment was to do one of the following:

  1. Create a scene with an unfair trial that violates the defendant’s human rights
  2. Create a trial that is fair and which applies the human rights just studied (#6-11)

 

Closing – 3 minutes

Pair-up and spend 1 full minute reciting the HR definition and listing the 11 human rights we’ve studied so far. Try to do so from memory. Have your partner do the same.

Homework

Study for your quiz. You will be asked to write down the definition for human rights that we’ve been using/studying, and the first 11 human rights from the UDHR. Putting them in order will get you full credit.

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

Monday

Performing our mock trials

Tuesday

Human Rights quiz, and introduction to HRs # 12-18.

Wednesday

GQ Review and introduce HR 12-18

Thursday

Introduce HR 19-25 and explore Freedome of Expression in depth

Quote of the Week

““Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Human rights on trial

Human rights on trial

Thursday 1/25


Today’s Objective(s): SWBAT

  1. Clearly define human rights
  2. Begin identifying the 30 universal human rights
  3. Demonstrate the protections that existing laws provide related to our HR
  4. Connect one of today’s HR (#6-11) to their own lives

Do Now – 10 minutes

Clear your desks completely, and talk to your table partners to see if you can recall the first 11 human rights. We’ll discuss it as a class afterwards to see how you did.

LESSON – 40 minutes

Activity: Mock Trial

Yesterday we talked about human rights 6-11. To review, they are:

6. You have rights no matter where you go
7. We’re all equal before the law
8. Your human rights are protected by law
9. No unfair detainment
10. The right to trial
11. We’re always innocent until proven guilty

Today you’ll be in groups of 8-10 and your job will be to create and perform a Mock Trial…wait, what the heck is that?

Mock: [adj.] not authentic or real, but without the intention to deceive.

Trial: [none] a formal examination of evidence before a judge, and typically before a jury, in order to decide guilt in a case of criminal or civil proceedings. (Google Def)

Does anyone here participate in drama?  Well this is going to be a little like that. You’ll work in your groups to create a skit – a short informal performance intended to educate or inform (Google Def) – that you will act out in front of the class. Each person will play a different role in this skit, and you’re all responsible for participating in the creation of the idea that will become your skit.

The roles are listed on the roll-sheet I’ve handed out, and you’ll be responsible to divide them up within your group. Your group will have to create a skit that does one of the following:

  1. Create a scene with an unfair trial that violates the defendant’s human rights (a defendant is one who is defending himself because he has been accused of doing something wrong)
  2. Create a trial that is fair and which applies the human rights just studied (#6-11).

I’ll let you know which skit your group is in charge of creating. Regardless, you will have approximately 10 minutes to brainstorm, discuss, and rehearse your skits. After that, we’ll act them out.

Closing – 3 minutes

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

Homework

Two items for homework today…

  1. Complete your mock trial – we will perform them first thing Monday
  2. Study for your Tuesday Quiz – it will cover the HR definition and HRs 1-11

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

Monday

Reading/annotating a text, and answering comprehension questions.

Tuesday

We’ll be reviewing the 1st 5 human rights and engaging in a problem solving activity.

Wednesday

Human rights 6-11 will be the focus, along with a mock trial.

Thursday

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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You are the problem solver

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.

Homework

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.

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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

Monday

Reading/annotating a text, and answering comprehension questions.

Tuesday

We’ll be reviewing the 1st 5 human rights and engaging in a problem solving activity.

Wednesday

Human rights 6-11 will be the focus, along with a mock trial.

Thursday

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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