Lesson 9 of 11

Teaching Youth the Values of the UDHR

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Overview

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is undoubtedly important on a world scale; but it is also important for young children to understand the value of the UDHR. The activities below will help students reflect on how the UDHR can be explained to children in way that they can appreciate. Students will demonstrate their knowledge of the UDHR by rewriting it for a younger audience, and will think critically about how to teach the topic to that audience.

This lesson is part of Facing History and Ourselves' work on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and part of a series of lessons surround the declaration. Use this lesson after students have read the UDHR to engage them in a conversation about the importance of students of all ages learning the values and principles of the UDHR.

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Activities

In reflecting on the principle of human dignity and the value of human rights, Eleanor Roosevelt said:

"Where, after all, do human rights begin? In small places close to home-so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any map of the world."

After reading this quotation, the preamble, and the 30 articles of The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, consider how you might rewrite the declaration for a young child so that he or she could understood these essential values and principles. What would you emphasize? How would you explain it? Write out the main statements of the principles and values that you would want to teach young students in the language that you would use to help them understand. Brainstorm activities that you might use to engage students in learning these values and principles.

Unit

Lesson 1 of 11
Justice & Human Rights

Examining the Immediate Historical Context

Through a timeline activity, students learn how World War II and the Holocaust shaped the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Lesson 2 of 11
Justice & Human Rights

Universe of Obligation

To prepare for a deep study of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, students explore the idea of the “the universe of obligation.”

Lesson 3 of 11
Justice & Human Rights

A Negotiated Document

By comparing multiple versions of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, students gain insight into the motives of those who crafted it.

Lesson 4 of 11
Justice & Human Rights

What is a Right?

Through a close reading of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, students analyze the rights and responsibilities the document lays out for people around the world.

Lesson 5 of 11
Justice & Human Rights

Fulfilling the Dream

Students explore the challenges and logistics of enforcing the articles of Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Lesson 6 of 11
Justice & Human Rights

Legacy, Judgment, and Memory

Students consider the legacies of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in the world today and discuss how they think its success should be measured.

Lesson 7 of 11
Justice & Human Rights

Universal Rights

Students question whether the rights laid out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights are truly universal, and how time, geography, language, and culture impact this.

Lesson 8 of 11
Justice & Human Rights

Human Rights and Educating Global Citizens

Students question how the Universal Declaration of Human Rights impacts the way they see themselves as citizens of the global community.

Lesson 9 of 11
Justice & Human Rights

Teaching Youth the Values of the UDHR

Students challenge their comprehension of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by rewriting the document for a younger audience.

Lesson 10 of 11
Justice & Human Rights

Creating a Better World

Students devise a creative way to present their plan for pursuing the dream of universal human rights today.

Lesson 11 of 11
Holocaust

A World Made New: Human Rights After the Holocaust

Students explore the historical basis for the modern human rights movement by examining the codes of ancient societies.

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