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Lesson 9 - How do human rights work?


Students start with a simple human rights quiz before learning that human rights were created after the Second World War to stop the awful atrocities of the Holocaust ever happening again. They then work in groups to respond to a child who has emailed them via Facebook about human rights issues which are based on real-life case studies. Using a factsheet about human rights law they respond to the child offering advice on action they can take. They finish by campaigning for the rights under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) to be better protected.

Download the teacher notes for the full lesson plan and guidance on how to deliver the activities. 

Learning objectives

  • Understand where human rights came from.
  • Be aware of the laws that help to protect young people‚Äôs human rights in the UK.
  • Understand how human rights work in practice.

Subject links

  • Citizenship
  • History
  • RE


Note: lesson timings are a suggestion only and will depend on your teaching style, student ability and length of discussion. You could choose to run some lessons across a double period.

Last updated: 29 Jan 2019