Lesson 15: Human Rights in National Memory

GRADES: 9-12

SUBJECT: United States History

LENGTH: 4 days; approx. 80-minute class periods

AUTHOR: Semira Markos, Hunterdon Central Regional H.S.

DESCRIPTION:
In this lesson, students explore and deconstruct nationalism in historical interpretation and consider how politics, power and identity influence the recognition of human rights violations and issues in contemporary society as well as in the context of national history. This lesson/project should be done at the end of a US history course or following a unit on the Civil Rights Movements of the 1960s and 1970s. It can also be done in an upper class elective course relating to human rights and genocide. Students will need prior knowledge on American history from 1700s – 1950 including the creation of the United Nations and the 30 Articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This lesson plan requires four class days and is designed for approximately 80 minute blocks.

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