Unit Plan: Introduction to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

By: Leah Judd

Leah Judd

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Leah Judd has a passion for teaching Social Studies.  Working in Sechelt, BC, Leah has been lucky to work with students who embrace inquiry learning and created locker museum displays during the pandemic to share their curated stories with the school community.  Leah shares her enthusiasm for Social Studies as editor of Salon, an online quarterly publication from the Social Studies Educators Network of Canada @ssencressc

Enduring Understandings: Students will learn that the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) came about because of conflict, democracy, partnership, inquiry, and consequences of history. The UDHR is still relevant 75 years after its acceptance by members of the United Nations in 1948, and many countries have adopted its policies into their own national constitutional policies.

Essential Questions:  How was the UDHR created? By whom? Why? What was happening in western society that provided the basis for the construction and application of the Declaration of Human Rights? What is the legacy of the UDHR?  What were the precedents that influenced the writing of the UDHR post WWII?

Learning Outcomes: Students will create a physical or virtual museum exhibit of 8 – 12 artifacts that represent the era of the time when the Declaration was written 75 years ago. Students will also decide and describe the context of the artifacts and how they helped shape the declaration, with the final goal of sharing exhibits with classmates to build their understanding.

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