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Free & Equal: Human Rights Around the World
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Free & Equal: Human Rights Around the World


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Subject Social Studies
Grade Level Grades 9-12
Resource Type Lesson Plan

About This Lesson

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), one of the United Nations’ founding documents, asserts that “all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and in rights.” The declaration contains 30 articles outlining fundamental rights inherent to every person around the globe. But how can students claim those rights if they do not know what they are? And how can students look at their own words and actions and make the connection to larger issues of human rights?

This lesson is designed to introduce students to international human rights standards and expose students to stories of real people who have had their rights violated and have defended their rights or the rights of others. The following activities allow students to explore this important document and the framework it provides in the struggle for human rights around the world.

Although its articles are not legally binding, the UDHR serves as the moral compass for the international community. Understanding the concept of human rights is essential to asserting our rights and the rights of others. We hope this lesson is a useful step in your students’ journeys to demand and protect human rights for all.



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February 9, 2022
4.72 MB


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