GRADE: 10-11 United States History
LENGTH: Two 40 minute class periods
AUTHOR: Jessica Mintz, social studies teacher, Bayonne Public Schools, Bayonne NJ
This lesson invites students to identify what human rights are by having students evaluate and critique the New Deal with a human rights lens. Students will first develop a working definition of “human” and “rights”, and then “human rights”; from there, students will review various New Deal reforms in order to decide whether or not human rights are being fulfilled by the New Deal or are being violated by the New Deal. By the end of the lesson, students will be able to assess the extent to which the United States was able to meet citizens’ basic human rights.