Activity Introduction

srf_y7_summeraustralia_photoframeQuick summary: In this Tuning In lesson, students will be introduced to the concepts of rights and freedoms. They will consider their own views on a set of statements about rights and freedoms then demonstrate and share their opinions in a class opinion continuum. 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.

Essential question:

  • What are human rights?

21st Century skills:

Australian Curriculum Mapping

Content descriptions:
Year 7 Civics and Citizenship:

  • Develop a range of questions to investigate Australia’s political and legal systems (ACHCS054
  • Identify, gather and sort information and ideas from a range of sources (ACHCS055

General capabilities: Literacy, Ethical Understanding 

Relevant parts of Year 7 achievement standards: Students explain the diverse nature of Australian society. When researching, students develop a range of questions and gather and analyse information from different sources to investigate Australia’s political and legal systems. They consider different points of view on civics and citizenship issues.

Topic: Human Rights.

Unit of work: Story of Our Rights and Freedoms – Year 7.

Time required: 60 mins.

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – facilitate class discussion and student movement around the classroom.

Resources required: Student Worksheet – one copy per student OR computers/tablets to access the online worksheet. Device capable of audio/visual presentation to present a website to the class. Agree/Disagree signs (print before class). Butcher’s paper (x 3) and markers, sticky notes (optional). UDHR Infographic (from Zen

Keywords: human rights, rights, freedoms, responsibilities, points of view.

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_elliot_photoframeTeacher preparation

Overarching learning goal: Students will understand, in broad terms, the concept of rights and freedoms. They will begin to consider the meaning of human rights and its relevance to their lives and communities. Students will develop skills in question-posing, justifying personal opinions, and connecting prior knowledge with new understanding of the concept of human rights.

Teacher content information:

Throughout the Story of Our Rights and Freedoms lessons, students will consider Civics and Citizenship concepts through a human rights lens. They will critically assess the Australian system of government and the effect that it has on our 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 recognition of our values, our identity and access to an
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Student Worksheet

Thought starter: Our understanding of human rights is continually developing.

1. Complete the ‘Think-Pair-Share’ visible thinking routine in response to this question:

What are rights and freedoms?


2. View this video, either as a class or independently:

What are Human Rights? (

While watching the video, note down any words or phrases that that are unfamiliar to you in the first column of the table below. Then, once you’re more certain about what each means, note down what you found out in the second column.

Unfamiliar words and phrases:  Clarifications:


3. After working as a class to compile a list of questions about rights and freedoms, note down the questions you intend to find out more about here: 

4. What are some ways that you can find out more about these questions? 


Complete the ‘Colour-Symbol-Image’ visible thinking routine to f

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