Exploring human rights and finding what sparks you
A revolution can start anywhere, with anybody, and can impact anyone. Start by discovering social factors that affect our lives and find creative ways to change them for the better. Students explore the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, what it means, and ways human rights issues impact our world.
Becoming aware and informed
Get the facts. Become an expert. Define a social issue that matters. Students gain knowledge on their selected issue through various research techniques, navigating reliable sources, and thinking critically about what they’ve learned.
Creating public service announcements
The power of digital media is evident all around us. No matter where it is positioned, a public service announcement can impact millions of people. By creating a Public Service Announcement, students become writers, filmmakers, and video editors with the abilities and inspiration to positively change the world around them.
Speak up and speak out. After learning some of the tactics and techniques employed by successful campaigns, students create and pitch their own social issue campaign. No matter the issue—local, national, or global—people need to hear what students have to say.
Tell a story that touches the lives of others. Students produce documentaries to ignite the same spark in viewers as in themselves. It’s a creative opportunity for students to shed light on what matters to them.
Important issues need a voice. This writing-based unit is an opportunity for students to educate others while taking a stance. In commentary pieces, students learn to blend their unique voices with hard facts in discussions of real-world issues.
Letter writing offers students an opportunity to take a stance on an issue about which they feel strongly. In this unit, students engage in the world around them by crafting engaging, persuasive letters to public figures, policy makers, and other people in power.