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Amnesty International UK: Teach human rights with fiction

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Based on the belief that "fiction has real power to further human rights education," Amnesty International UK offers primary and secondary school instructors an engaging, natural way to introduce dialogue on human rights into their courses. These three sets of curricula are designed for primary school students (ages 3 and up), upper-level primary students and lower-level secondary students (ages 10 and up), and secondary students (ages 12 and up). Each contains a reading list (of 8, 10 and 16 books, respectively) with information on purchasing the featured books, as well as individualized discussion questions and classroom activity suggestions for each book. For example, secondary students reading To Kill a Mockingbird might discuss themes like justice, dignity, and equality by exploring how Atticus Finch addresses the jury in the novel. Educators can also download the Story Explorer Resource, a "piece of classroom origami," intended to get students contemplating human rights using "questions designed to promote discussion and critical thinking." These questions are not story-specific and can be easily adapted to reading material not listed on the website. All the teaching tools featured on the site are formatted as PDFs and can be downloaded for free.
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2019-11-01
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