Quick summary: In this social action lesson, students will consider actions that they can take in their local community to ensure that human rights are enjoyed by all people. Students will explore what human rights are, research some of the work being done to address human rights issues through a variety of different initiatives, and then consider the changes that could occur in their local community to ensure access to human rights for all. They will plan and deliver an action to improve the way human rights are experienced in their local community. Students will then reflect on the effectiveness of their action and the personal development that they experienced.
- How can we improve how human rights are experienced in the community?
21st Century skills: Critical Thinking, Team Work, Empathy, Communicating, Cultural Understanding, Ethical Behaviour, Problem Solving.
Australian Curriculum Mapping
This lesson can be used with all learning areas of the Australian Curriculum.
Topic: Human Rights
Time required: 210+ mins.
Level of teacher scaffolding: High – facilitate class discussion, student research and project planning. Coordinate student delivery and showcasing of projects.
Resources required: Student Worksheet – one per student. Device capable of presenting a website and video to the class. Human rights areas of work posters, Human Rights in Our Community table (one per group). Devices capable of web-research (enough for one per pair). Sticky-notes, butcher’s paper, markers. Project-specific resources, as identified by students in their planning (such as stationary, access to computers, etc.) Project Planning Tool, Project Checklist.
Keywords: rights, freedoms, social action, community.
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