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Human Rights & Social Justice Lesson Plans - Chapter Summary
This self-paced chapter is filled with teacher resources you are free to utilize as you work toward developing a human rights and social justice curriculum or aim to strengthen existing curriculum and lessons. Review our lesson plans to access instructional strategies, class assignment and homework ideas and more that can enhance your lesson planning process. This chapter's topics include:
- Human rights and its categories
- Natural rights
- Issues in social justice
Accompanying the lesson plans are entertaining lessons you can use in class as supplementary learning tools. Multiple-choice quizzes are also available to gauge your students' comprehension of those lessons.
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1. Human Rights Lesson Plan
Do your students know what basic human rights are? A video lesson helps them understand key concepts and an opportunity for analysis supports mastery. Extra activities and related lessons are included for optional instruction.
2. Human Rights: Definition & Categories
How do we define human rights? What general categories do they fall under? Explore these ideas and test your understanding of human rights issues with a brief quiz.
3. Natural Rights Lesson Plan
Use this lesson plan to introduce the topic of natural rights to your students. Students will watch a video lesson, discuss information presented in the video, and collectively write a modern take on the Bill of Rights.
4. Natural Rights: Definition & Examples
Conceived by John Locke, natural rights are privileges and basic freedoms people are entitled to simply because they exist. Learn more about the inspiration for natural rights in this lesson, identify key examples of these rights, and assess what you learned in a quiz.
5. Universal Health Care Lesson Plan
If you're discussing health care, this lesson plan explores universal healthcare. Students will watch a video, participate in discussion questions, complete an activity and take a quiz.
6. What Is Universal Health Care? - Definition, Pros and Cons
Did you know that there are over 45 million people in the United States who do not have health care? Learn more about universal health care, arguments that support universal health care, and arguments against it.
7. Universal Declaration of Human Rights Lesson Plan
What is the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and what protections does it grant to human beings? This lesson plan uses a video lesson to summarize key points for students. An activity connects students with the actual document.
8. The United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights
The United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights is one of the most important documents in the modern world. Explore how and why it was created, as well as its significance. Then test your understanding with a brief quiz.
9. Social Justice Lesson Plan for Elementary School
Help your students get engaged in social justice issues. After reading an informative text lesson, students will identify a social injustice, articulate evidence of the problem, and offer potential solutions in a letter to an elected official.
10. Social Justice Lesson for Kids: Definition, Issues & Examples
Social justice is being fought for every day all over the world. Come and learn what social justice is, some of its issues, and examples of social justice success stories from our history.
11. Poverty Lesson Plan
Use this lesson plan to teach students about poverty. Students will first define and discuss the difference between relative poverty and absolute poverty, then examine the populations that are most at risk, and finally apply information to an activity.
12. Poverty in the United States: Definitions of Relative & Absolute Poverty
Today, a significant number of Americans suffer from poverty. In this lesson, we define and discuss the difference between relative poverty and absolute poverty. We also examine the populations that are most at risk.
13. An Invisible Thread Discussion Questions
Poverty is not always an easy thing to talk about, but books like 'An Invisible Thread' can help your students to open up with their own thoughts and feelings about this topic.
14. Human Rights Lesson Plan for Elementary School
Human rights are important to understand from an early age. Your students will learn about human rights as they read and discuss a text lesson, have a debate about a new human right, decorate posters and take a quiz.
15. Human Rights Lesson for Kids: Definition & List
Do you think all people should be treated equally? Human rights are meant to ensure that happens, but you might not even know you have these rights or what they are. Keep reading to learn more about your rights as a human.
16. Chinese Head Tax Lesson Plan
What was the Chinese Head Tax and how did it impact Chinese immigrants in Canada? This lesson plan summarizes the history, effects, and repeal of this act. An activity explores Chinese immigration to Canada statistics since the 1880s.
17. Chinese Head Tax: History, Timeline & Facts
In this lesson, you will learn about the history, timeline and effects of the Chinese head tax, a colloquial name for the Chinese Immigration Act passed by Canadian Parliament in 1885.
18. Civil Rights & Liberties in the United States Activities for High School
Teaching students about civil rights and liberties in the United States can be an important step toward helping them become active, engaged citizens. This lesson offers some activities you can use for that purpose.
19. Work Ethics Lesson Plan
Max Weber's theory on the link between Protestantism and capitalism has had a large impact on American history. With this lesson plan, your students will explore that link and analyze the ideas of Max Weber.
20. Women's History Month Discussion Questions
The month of March is Women's History Month in the USA, which means there can be a lot to talk to students about. These questions can introduce a discussion on women's history or can help students delve deeper into women's rights issues.
21. Human Rights Unit Plan
This unit plan will help you guide middle or high school students in an exploration of human rights history, documents, and legislation. A combination of lesson plans, activities, and project ideas will help students explore these topics deeply.
22. Rabbit-Proof Fence Discussion Questions
'Rabbit-Proof Fence' is a modern film that tells the story of an Aboriginal family in Australia. This discussion guide will help your students think critically about the plot and themes after watching the film.
23. International Women's Day Activities
International Women's Day is a great chance to get your class actively engaged in important issues. Use these activities to teach your students about historical or current debates.
24. Residential Schools in Canada Discussion Questions
In the 1800s, aboriginal children in Canada were taken from their families and forced to attend government boarding schools. This asset provides discussion questions for students about this topic.
25. #MeToo Movement Discussion Questions
The #MeToo movement has started conversations, provoked new thinking, and sparked societal change related to sexual violence. Use these discussion questions to help your high school students hold meaningful conversations about the movement.
26. John Brown Discussion Questions
John Brown was an abolitionist whose fighting spirit resulted in violence against proponents of slavery and ended with his execution. Use these discussion questions to help middle or high school students learn about this important historical figure.
27. Environmental Justice Discussion Questions
Environmental justice is a hot topic in today's society. Help your middle or high school students understand more about it and how it applies to their lives by using these discussion questions.
28. Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore Discussion Questions
The following questions can help your students work through their thoughts and reactions to ''Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore'' as you lead them in a guided class discussion.
29. Freedom Riders Discussion Questions
After learning about the actions of the Freedom Riders in 1961, use the following discussion questions to help students think critically about these civil rights activists and their impact on United States history.
30. Mountains Beyond Mountains Discussion Questions
The following questions can help guide your students through a structured discussion on Tracy Kidder's 'Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, A Man Who Would Cure the World'.
31. Free Speech Discussion Questions
Free speech is something that most students are aware of, but may not have had to explore on an academic level. These discussion questions will help guide that conversation.
32. Human Rights Activities
As students progress in their education, it's crucial that they learn to discuss human rights in an academic and constructive way. These activities can help them engage with this concept.
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