Activity Introduction

srf_y9_humanrightsforallphotoframeQuick summary: In this Tuning In lesson, students will explore human rights and connect them with the rights described in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). Students will categorise the articles of the UDHR according to the categories of human rights and find out more about the things that can threaten human rights in a class discussion.

Essential questions:

  • What are human rights?
  • What can threaten human rights?

21st Century skills:

Critical Thinking Communicating Problem Solving

Australian Curriculum Mapping

Content descriptions:
Year 9 Civics and Citizenship:

  • How and why individuals and groups, including religious groups, participate in and contribute to civic life (ACHCK079
  • Recognise and consider multiple perspectives and ambiguities, and use strategies to negotiate and resolve contentious issues (ACHCS086
  • Account for different interpretations and points of view (ACHCS085

General capabilities: Literacy

Relevant parts of Year 9 achievement standards: Students analyse a range of factors that influence identities and attitudes to diversity. They reflect on how groups participate and contribute to civic life. They compare and account for different interpretations and points of view on civics and citizenship issues. They analyse ways they can be active and informed citizens in different contexts.

Topic: Human Rights

Unit of work: Story of Our Rights and Freedoms – Year 9

Time required: 90 mins.

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – facilitate class discussion.

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. UDHR articles (one per student). Scissors. Glue. Note paper. Categories of Human Rights Match-Up (one per student), Categories of Human Rights Display.

Keywords: Human rights, categories 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 gain a deeper understanding of our rights and freedoms, and link their understanding to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). They will know about the categories of human rights, and the UDHR articles that relate to each.

Teacher content information:

Many countries have special protections for human rights in their domestic law. Some, like Canada and the USA, have a Bill of Rights as part of their Constitution which means that these rights are very strongly protected (because it is very difficult to alter the Constitution). However, Australia does not have a Bill of Rights and there is no single law that broadly protects human rights in Australia. Rather our human rights are protected by a variety of different laws including the Constitution, Commonwealth and state/territory legislation and common law. While the Australian government has been a longstanding supporter of the UN and was involved in the drafting o

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Student Worksheet

Thought Starter: “To deny people their human rights is to challenge their very humanity” – Nelson Mandela

1. Use the ‘Think-Pair-Share’ visible thinking routine to explore the question:

What are human rights?

Note down your personal thoughts in the space below.

Note down what you discussed with a partner in the space below.

Note down what was shared in the class discussion in the space below.







2. What is your definition of human rights? Write it down here: 

3. Human rights are often divided into different categories - Individual Rights, Collective rights, Civil and Political Rights; and, Social, Economic and Cultural Rights. Read through the descriptions of each of these categories in the Categories of Human Rights Match-Up handout (ask your teacher for a copy).

4. Then, read through each of the UDHR articles. Cut articles 3-27 out and assign them according to the category that you think

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