Social Studies: Exploring Rights and Responsibilities

In my 8th grade Social Studies class, my students and I spend some time exploring the concept of rights and responsibilities.  I planned this exploration around the following AERO Social Studies standards: 

  • 1.8.e Examine historical resources for a point of view, context, bias (including gender and race), distortion, or propaganda  
  • 2.8.e Identify issues and standards related to human rights
  • 6.8.g Describe important documentary sources of human rights, including the English Bill of Rights, the Declaration of Independence, the Declaration of Rights of man and Citizen, and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights 

Eighth grade Social Studies at my school was a U.S. History class. Then, our department initiated a shift in curriculum, hoping to broaden our scope – to become more globally focused. We were in the midst of planning the new program (and gathering resources) when our school switched to online instruction. So, while we do our best to make connections around the world, the resources that I used are still U.S. focused. 

Also, because I was teaching online, the vehicle I used was a hyperdoc-type presentation (using Google Slides) with general information on individual slides and links to other resources and discussion prompts/questions. It can be used as is, or you can convert it to suit your own particular needs. 

Here is a link to the presentation.

Although the focus is U.S. centered, there is still value in exploring the concept of rights and responsibilities through a particular case study. From that common starting point, students can jump off into areas that better reflect their life experiences. 

I hope these materials are of some use. Let me know if you have any questions or comments!

Ed X!

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