Respect and Human Rights
  1. Strand PHIL.II Philanthropy and Civil Society
    1. Standard PCS 01. Self, citizenship, and society
      1. Benchmark MS.4 Describe the characteristics of someone who helps others.
    2. Standard PCS 02. Diverse Cultures
      1. Benchmark MS.2 Describe the importance of hearing all voices in a community and respecting their right to be heard.
      2. Benchmark MS.3 Give an example of how philanthropy can transcend cultures.
  2. Strand PHIL.III Philanthropy and the Individual
    1. Standard PI 01. Reasons for Individual Philanthropy
      1. Benchmark MS.3 Identify and give examples of stewardship in cultural traditions around the world.
      2. Benchmark MS.4 Identify and describe the actions of how citizens act for the common good.
      3. Benchmark MS.5 Describe the responsibility students have to act in the civil society sector to improve the common good.

The learners read and reflect on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as it relates to respect.

PrintOne 20-minute lesson

The learner will:

  • relate respect to human rights.
  • reflect on actions they can take to promote human rights and respect for all people.
  • copies of the Simplified Universal Declaraion of Human Rights (see Bibliography)
  1. Anticipatory Set:

    In 1948 the United Nations created a Universal Declaration of Human Rights to assure that all human beings would be treated with respect. Display the document and scan them together. 

  2. Distribute copies of the handout: Simplified Version of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Ask the learners to read over the list and think about how each of the rights promotes respect.

  3. Ask which of the articles in the Declaration seem most important to the learner. They may also point out which ones they are surprised to see included or that they have questions about. 

  4. Ask the learners what might be different in the school, community, or world if these Human Rights were put into practice.

  5. Discuss first steps they can take with their words, connections, and talents to promote messages of respect and human rights from this document.