Human Rights Lessons 9-12

In high school, human rights education is focused on understanding international human rights standards. The following lesson plans will help students explore the extent to which international human rights standards are fulfilled in the United States.

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Lesson Plan: Barriers to Education within a U.S. High School
Students will ask the question, is the right to an education extended to all U.S. students?  They will build an understanding of the barriers to education faced by their classmates.  Suitable for high school.

Lesson Plan: Barriers to the Right to Food in the U.S.
Students will be challenged to critically examine the relationship between human rights and hunger.  Through a role play, students will learn about the barriers that many low-income families in the United States face when trying to feed themselves and their families.  Suitable for high school.

Lesson Plan: Equal Access to Health Care in the United States
This lesson helps students understand why it is important for everyone to have access to quality health care. Suitable for high school.

Lesson Plan: Barriers to the Right to Housing
In this lesson, students will use a crossword activity to better understand what defines adequate housing and the government's obligations in ensuring that right for all its people.

Lesson Plan: Migrants in the Media
Students will learn about the rights of migrants and the fulfillment of those rights in the United States.  They will be asked to critically assess news coverage of migrant rights' issues to gain an understanding of the barriers faced by migrants in the United States.

This lesson helps students understand their right to a clean environment and how corporations and the United States are doing in fulfilling those rights

Lesson Plan: Challenge the Media
A fun group activity that can be done with youth and adults of any age that empowers participants to identify gender stereotypes in the media and examine their effects.

Lesson Plan: Women's Rights in the United States: Obstacles and Opportunities
Students will learn about the history of women's rights, critically examine what obstacles women in the U.S. still face today, and discuss ways to address these barriers.

Lesson Plan: The Rights of Persons with Disabilities
This lesson teaches students about the accessibility barriers faced by persons with disabilities.

Lesson Plan: Understanding Modern-Day Slavery
This lesson introduces students to modern-day forms of slavery and human trafficking in the United States.

Lesson Plan: The People Behind the Statistics
This lesson aims to put a human face on violations of economic and social human rights in the U.S. by focusing on the issues of education, hunger, housing, and health. Suitable for high school.
 
Lesson Plan: Who is Responsible for Children’s Rights? Grades 8-12
This lesson helps build a general understanding about rights and responsibilities regarding children.
 
Lesson Plan: What does Sovereignty Look Like?
In this lesson, students will ask the question, What do we mean when we say tribes have sovereignty?  They will learn about the right to self-determination and the barriers to that right faced by Native Americans in the United States.
 
Lesson Plan: Voices of Iraqi Refugees - Iraqi Voices
From The Voices of Iraqi Refugees Teaching Guide, students will learn about the experiences and facts of Iraqi refugees and build empathy.
 
Amnesty International's Death Penalty Curriculum Guide, grades 8-12,  provides an overview of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a factual analysis of the death penalty, and a discussion of the human rights issues surrounding the death penalty and the criminal justice system in general.