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Facing History and Ourselves: Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Facing History and Ourselves is bringing equity and justice to the forefront of classroom curriculums. Their powerful work is no stranger to the Scout Report, and readers may remember the full trove of educator resources featured in the 09-25-2015 issue. In honor of Human Rights Day, instructors may want to explore a subset of the site's curriculum offerings focused on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This 11-part syllabus "leads students through a deep exploration of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, from the history of its creation to its legacy in today's global community." The first lesson provides historical context, linking to a timeline and introductory reading. Subsequent lessons address drafting and delegates, how to define and defend rights, and the impact (and future impact) of the document, among other themes. Activities, guiding questions, and handouts are scattered throughout the lessons. Depending on how much time educators wish to devote to the curriculum, they can use it in its entirety or choose individual lesson plans, all of which are previewed on the main page.
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