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Global Schools Project



A Student-Centered Approach to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Gary Padgett,

American History, Civics & Government, Political Science, Social Science General, World History

Grade 06 through 12

Themes: active learning, human rights, Universal Declaration of Human Rights |


Abstract: Students will gain an in-depth understanding of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, its creation, and its application in modern times. Students will create an original one-minute instructional film depicting how each article of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights applies to their lives. This will allow the students to internalize the information in a personally relevant way.

Curriculum Standards: Power, Authority and Governance; Global Connections; Civic Ideals and Practices

Geographic Focus: Global

Class Periods*: 5 – 6+

Author: Gary Padgett

Related Files: Lesson Plan

*based on a 55-minute class period.




Global Schools Project

Global Schools Lesson Plans

Department of Secondary Education

Social Studies Education


Lesson Plans

The following links provide entry to the Lesson Plans developed by the Global Schools Project Fellows. Most all of the plans can be infused into middle or high schools social studies courses to provide interdisciplinary, global education perspectives to your students.

Although categorized by the following headings, many of the lesson plans would meet multiple state or NCSS Thematic standards.




Human Rights

Politics/International Relations

Social Studies General


The lesson plans can be downloaded by going to one of the above areas and selecting the plan.





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