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Equality and Human Rights Lesson Plan Ideas - Equality and Human Rights Commission

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This series of twelve lessons provides resources for teaching an understanding of human rights issues and discovering how to take action toward human rights issues in students' communities....more
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This series of twelve lessons provides resources for teaching an understanding of human rights issues and discovering how to take action toward human rights issues in students' communities. It isn't necessary to teach all lessons in the order given; however, it provides a framework for instruction that begins with learning about empathy, discrimination, and prejudice and guides students toward self-reflection. Each lesson includes teacher notes, supplementary materials such as videos, student worksheets, and PowerPoint slides. The videos reside on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable.

tag(s): civil rights (191), empathy (26), identity (28), social and emotional learning (74)

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Include these lessons among your resources when teaching Citizenship, as part of English lessons, or within your Personal Social Health and Economic Education (PHSEE) Standards. Many lessons provide excellent resources for use by school counselors to provide support in social and emotional learning. If time is limited, divide students into groups that participate in different lessons then share their learning with peers. If dividing up lessons, consider having all students complete the final two lessons that focus on personal attitudes and discussions of equality within local communities. Engage students by beginning lessons with a simple group response tool such as Answer Garden, reviewed here. Provide a prompt in Answer Garden and ask students to respond; Answer Garden creates a word cloud based on the answers. Enhance student learning using edpuzzle, reviewed here, when watching videos. Add comments, questions, and additional information within the videos to guide students toward a deeper understanding of the content. As a final extension activity, ask students to prepare a plan for their community that focuses on improving human rights locally. Use Adobe Creative Cloud Express for Education, reviewed here, to prepare a video or website to share with local officials.
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