Activity Introduction

australiawithpeoplephotoframeQuick summary: In this Tuning In lesson, students will be introduced to the concept of rights and freedoms. They will critically consider the supporting and opposing viewpoint on a set of provocations related to rights and freedoms. Students will use the ‘Think-Pair-Share’ visible thinking routine to explore their prior knowledge of rights and freedoms, then watch a short overview video. The class will then work together to consider what else they would like to know about rights and freedoms. Students will work independently to research a chosen question, then share what they have discovered in a facilitated class discussion.

Essential question:

  • What are rights and freedoms?

21st Century skills: 

Creative Thinking Critical Thinking Communicating

Australian Curriculum Mapping

Content descriptions
Year 10 History:

  • The origins and significance of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, including Australia’s involvement in the development of the declaration (ACDSEH023
  • Process and synthesise information from a range of sources for use as evidence in an historical argument (ACHHS188

Syllabus outcomes: HT5-2HT4-6.

General capabilities: Literacy.

Relevant parts of Year 10 achievement standards: Students explain the context for people’s actions in the past. Students explain the significance of events and developments from a range of perspectives. They explain different interpretations of the past and recognise the evidence used to support these interpretations. 

Topic: Human Rights.

Unit of work: Story of Our Rights and Freedoms – Year 10.

Time required: 90 mins.

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – facilitate class discussion.

Resources required: Student Worksheet – one copy per student. Device capable of audio/visual presentation to present a website to the class. Three sheets of butcher’s paper. Web-enabled device for Internet search (enough for one per four students).

Keywords: human rights, four pillars of human rights, Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.


Teacher Worksheet

srf_y9_protecthumanrights_photoframeTeacher preparation

Overarching learning goal: Students will understand the concept of rights and freedoms. They will begin to consider the everyday experiences that encompass rights and freedoms. Students will begin to understand the breadth and depth of the influence of rights of freedoms.

Teacher content information:

The twentieth century was an important period in history. During this time, the modern world underwent significant transformation as a result of political turmoil, global conflict and international cooperation. This in turn influenced Australia’s social, cultural, economic and political development. A significant aspect of the nation’s development includes the demand for, and achievement of, rights and freedoms.

There is no universally accepted definition of human rights, and our understanding is continually developing. Some definitions include:

  • The recognition and respect of peoples’ dignity
  • A set of moral and legal guidelines that promote and protect the
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Student Worksheet

Thought Starter: "You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view” - Harper Lee

1. Complete the 'Think-Pair-Share' visible thinking routine in response to this question:
What are rights and freedoms?

Note what you THINK here: Note what you discussed in your PAIR here:

Note extra points you hear in the class SHARE session:


2. Select a question that you would like to find out more about:

3. Conduct some research to find out more about your question. Use the following criteria to critically assess the information you find:

  • How recent is the information?
  • How recently has the website been updated?
  • Is it current enough for your topic?


  • What kind of information is included in the resource?
  • Is the content of the resource opinion or fact? Are the views balanced?
  • Does the creator provide references or sources for data or quotations?
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