By Brittany Brown

Human Rights Role-play

 

Grade Level: 5th

Objectives:

1. Students will be able to demonstrate an awareness of the needs, rights, and feelings of others through participation in the planning and presentation of a human rights role-play.

2. Students will be able to express their thoughts on human rights through writing.

Materials Needed:

Paper for reflections, space to prepare role-play and present it

Procedures:

1. Anticipatory set: Ask students to share experiences where they or someone they know has had their human rights violated (insulted, abused, etc.…) or a time they have witnessed a human rights violation. Write them on the board. You may need to share an experience of your own to get them started. (See attached list of human rights)

2. Divide the class into their base groups. Let each group select an experience from those listed on the board.

3. Each group will have 10-15 minutes to prepare a role-play in which they will act out their assigned situation for the class.

4. Each group in turn will act out their role-play for the class. (Take pictures of each role play for class archives.)

5. Following each role-play discuss the following questions:

What human rights were violated or addressed in this role-play?

What could we do in this situation to help protect the rights of others and ourselves?

How would you feel if you were a part of this situation?

What kind of effects could this situation have on people?

6. Have students writer a short reflection paper on their experience with the role-play. Their paper should include their thoughts on human rights and the effects it has on themselves and others if they are violated.

 

Evaluation:

1. Students will fill out a peer evaluation for each member of their group evaluating their participation in the planing process and presentation of their group role-play.

2. Students will write a short reflection paper on their experience with the role-play. Their paper should include their thoughts on human rights and the effects it has on themselves and others if they are violated.

 

Source: adapted from http://www.canadianlessonplans.com/aclp/english/level_5/lesson_plans/3-1.ht...

Universal Declaration of Human Rights (abbreviated)

 

Article 1 Right to Equality

Article 2 Freedom from Discrimination

Article 3 Right to Life, Liberty, Personal Security

Article 4 Freedom from Slavery

Article 5 Freedom from Torture and Degrading Treatment

Article 6 Right to Reorganization as a Person before the Law

Article 7 Right to Equality before the Law

Article 8 Right to Remedy by Competent Tribunal

Article 9 Freedom from Arbitrary Arrest and Exile

Article 10 Right to Fair Public Hearing

Article 11 Right to be Considered Innocent until Proven guilty

Article 12 Freedom from Interference with Privacy, Family, Home, and Correspondence

Article 13 Right to Free Movement in and out of the Country

Article 14 Right to Asylum in other Countries from Persecution

Article 15 Right to a Nationality and the Freedom to change it

Article 16 Right to Marriage and Family

Article 17 Right to own property

Article 18 Freedom of belief and Religion

Article 19 Freedom of Opinion and Information

Article 20 Right of Peaceful Assembly and Association

Article 21 Right to Participate in Government and in Free Elections

Article 22 Right to Social Security

Article 23 Right to Desirable Work and to Join Trade Unions

Article 24 Right to Rest and Leisure

Article 25 Right to Adequate Living Standard

Article 26 Right to Education

Article 27 Right to Participate in the Cultural Life of Community

Article 28 Right to a Social Order that Articulates this Document

Article 29 Community Duties Essential to Free and Full Development

Article 30 Freedom from State or Personal Interference in the above Rights