Lesson Plans

Lesson Plans

Human Rights Education

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These lessons are carefully crafted by education professionals and represent the teaching perspectives of the authors and the Human Rights Education division of Amnesty International USA. While every effort has been made to craft objective, constructive learning exercises, we realize that these lessons may not be ideal for all educators everywhere. Thank you.

Elementary School Lesson Plans

Amandla! Elementary Level ELLs
Students sing along with a South African song and fill in blank words. Then students form groups and draw the images that the song evokes. Lastly the groups present their art projects to the class.

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Rights and Responsibilities
Students identify the differences between rights and responsibilities.

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The Right to an Education
An activity to illustrate a child's right to education, as well as the shortcomings the exist with respect to the realization of that right for all children.

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WE ARE ONE FAMILY: My Family | Your Family | Our Families
This unit is designed to promote understanding and tolerance among people. By giving students the background they need, we can expect our students to be tolerant and responsible citizens.

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Who Has Rights? Who Are Defenders of Human Rights?
Participants identify pictures that illustrate human rights contained in the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Students discuss what are human rights and who protects them.

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Middle School/High School Lesson Plans

"Where Do You Stand?" and "Never Again"
Two activites designed to introduce the subject of human rights, as well as the UDHR and other Human Rights instruments and documents

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Everyone Has Right to Marry

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Everyone Has Right to Religion
Students will explore issues surrounding religious persecution and examine ways in which religion can provide a spiritual basis for human rights.

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Freedom from Discrimination - Sports History
Students will demonstrate their understanding of Article 2 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Students will be able to define prejudice Students will be able to discuss how prejudice can be a barrier.

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Freedom from Discrimination in Literature
Students will explore the racial aspect of discrimination and oppression in several Hughes' poems

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Freedom from Slavery
Students will compare and contrast historical and present day images of slavery

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Making a Killing: An Arms Deal Simulation and training
Help participants understand the role of the arms trade in facilitating human rights abuses and the multidimensional complexity of bringing the trade under control.

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Preliminary Reflection on the Death Penalty
Students will identify and articulate their views on the death penalty

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Racial Discrimination and the Death Penalty
Students will become familiar with the role that race plays in death penalty cases.

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The Death Penalty as a Form of Torture
Students will learn how death penalty can be a form of torture.

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Refugee Children in Sudan (in Spanish)
Students will learn about the refugee crisis in Sudan and understand some of the realities of refugee children

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The Refugee Rights
In this exercise students will attempt to put themselves, at least imaginatively, in the shoes of refugees.

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The American Dream
Students read a first hand account of one person's image of America, then compare that with their own impressions of America.

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