Human Rights Lessons 6-8

In grades 6-8, human rights education focuses on specific human rights. Students explore human rights topics through research, building arguments based on concrete evidence, and taking action in their own communities. The following lesson plans can be used to help students consider human rights on a local, national and global scale.


Lesson Plan: Voices of Iraqi Refugees - Visualizing Iraq
From The Voices of Iraqi Refugees Teaching Guide, students will learn facts about Iraqi refugees and building empathy.

Lesson Plan: Human Rights, Responsibility, and You
Students will learn how human rights create a reciprocal relationship in which we both have the right to be treated equally in dignity and justice and also have the responsibility to treat others this way.

Lesson Plan: Fleeing for Your Life
Students will learn about the refugee experience through a role-play activity.

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

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: Beyond Pink and Blue: The Impact of Gender Stereotypes

Students will learn about how gender stereotypes affect them and explore how gender is portrayed in the media.

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: Who is Responsible for Children’s Rights?
This lesson helps build a general understanding about rights and responsibilities regarding children.

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 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.

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.