BUILDING BACKGROUND KNOWLEDGE ON HUMAN RIGHTS
What are human rights? Why do we have them and how are they protected? This unit is designed to help students build knowledge about these questions while simultaneously building their ability to read challenging text closely. Students begin this unit by exploring human rights themes through images and key vocabulary. They then will analyze selected Articles from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) through a series of close readings text-dependent tasks and questions, discussions, and writing. They will explore the history of the development and language of universal human rights documents, developing skills to determine meaning of words and phrases and learn to quote from an informational text to explain meaning that supports inferences. The Mid-Unit 1 Assessment will be an on-demand quiz of content and academic vocabulary from the UDHR. Students then will examine firsthand accounts of people’s experiences with human rights. This unit culminates with a short piece of on demand writing, in which they analyze the firsthand accounts and explain how an individual’s or group’s rights were either challenged or upheld. Students will cite direct textual evidence to support their claims.