Quick summary: This Tuning In lesson introduces students to the concept of human rights. Students will watch a short video that gives an overview of human rights, then use the Seed Discussion Organiser to summarise their understanding and further queries about the topic. They will then work in groups to explore the articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). In a class discussion, students will then identify where human rights are visible in their own lives.
- What are human rights?
- What rights and freedoms do we enjoy in Australia?
21st Century skills:
Critical Thinking, Communicating, Ethical Behaviour, Global Citizenship
Australian Curriculum Mapping
Year 8 Civics and Citizenship:
- The freedoms that enable active participation in Australia’s democracy within the bounds of law, including freedom of speech, association, assembly, religion and movement (ACHCK061)
- Appreciate multiple perspectives and use strategies to mediate differences (ACHCS071)
General capabilities: Literacy, Critical and Creative Thinking.
Relevant parts of year 8 achievement standards: Students critically analyse information gathered from different sources for relevance. They explain different points of view on civics and citizenship issues. Students develop and present reasoned arguments on civics and citizenship issues using appropriate texts, subject-specific language and concepts.
Topic: Human Rights.
Unit of work: Story of Our Rights and Freedoms – Year 8.
Time required: 60 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 video to the class. Seed Discussion Prompts, markers. Categories of Human Rights Match-Up (cut up, enough for groups of 4-5), UDHR articles (enough for groups of 4-5), Categories of Human Rights display.
Keywords: human rights, freedoms, United Nations 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.