Human rights

Learning objectives

Learn about different kinds of rights and responsibilities, how they are protected, and how some can conflict.

Key question/ Bigger picture: why are human rights important/ when did people start defining human rights?

Success criteria

    Make a list of human rights
    Explain what they mean
    Describe how human rights are enforced
    Quote an example that shows that rights are linked to responsibilities


Introduction to learning 

(In pairs) write down what you think are human rights.  Each will start with the words: ‘The right to …‘

At a social distance join another student (Join another group), compare lists, and explain to each other what they think the rights mean.

In class, list the rights under one of three columns:
     I understand; I don’t understand; I have questions

Main body of lesson
(In small groups) look up some human rights codes
  -  Magna Carta
  -  UK Human Rights Act
Be ready to say which rights they include and how they are enforced, if at all.

Challenge and extension activities  Look up European Convention of Human Rights, say how they are enforced, how many countries apply them.

Or UN Convention on Rights of the Child

Complete worksheet HR1A on rights and responsibilities.
Feedback Teacher questioning to individuals and groups on worksheets

Class discussion on possible limits to human rights such as
     -  prisoners’ right to vote;
     -  right to end one’s own life
Work sheets HR1: List of the rights protected by the 1998 Human Rights Act 
HR2: Human rights in everyday life

Citizenship Education for Key Stage 3. Hodder Education 2014
Citizens of Europe:
  Human rights - Historical background
  Human rights - European Convention on Human Rights