GRADES: Middle School (6-8)
LENGTH:7-8 Class Periods (58 Minutes Each)
AUTHOR: Mary Backman (West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional School District, NJ)
This lesson challenges students to establish, defend, and complicate their understandings of the relationship between justice and human rights through analysis of primary and secondary sources and a structured in class discussion. Students will evaluate both an ancient law code (Hammurabi’s Code) and modern examples of juvenile justice in the United States using relevant articles from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) to determine the ways in which human rights can be challenged or reinforced by different applications of justice.