Respect and Human Rights

6, 7, 8

The class will examine 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 how they can promote human rights and respect for all people.
  • Student copies of the Simplified Universal Declaraion of Human Rights for each student (see Bibliographical References)


  1. Anticipatory Set:

    Ask the learners to brainstorm a list of rights they think they should all have.

  2. Tellthe learners that in 1948 the United Nations created a Universal Declaration of Human Rights to assure that all human beings would be treated with respect.

  3. Distribute copies of Handout One: 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.

  4. Hold a class discussion on those articles in the Declaration that the learners think are most important, that they are surprised to see included, or that they have questions about. Infuse the concept of respect into the discussion.

  5. Ask the learners to reflect on what might be different in the school/community/world (how it might look, feel, and sound different)if these Human Rights were put into practice.

  6. Ask the learners to reflect in writing in their journal about how they might begin to work to make that a reality in their school/community/world.

Philanthropy Framework

  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.