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Rights and Responsibilities Lesson Plan 3 - A World Without Rights

A role play lesson in which students use characters to act out a world where no human rights exist.
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Connect the Learning

Ask the group to think of any previous lessons they may have done in Citizenship or PSHE that discussed the issue of rights and responsibilities.

The Big Picture

The curriculum aims for the PSHE: Personal Wellbeing programme of study include young people becoming “responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society.” The Citizenship programme of study at KS3 requires students to learn about “…their rights, responsibilities, duties and freedoms…” The Every Child Matters aim that is most relevant here is “make a positive contribution”.

The Learning Outcomes

From the KS3 Citizenship programme of study:1.2

a. Exploring different kinds of rights and obligations and how these affect both individuals and communities.
b. Understanding that individuals, organizations and governments have responsibilities to ensure that rights are balanced, supported and protected.
c. Investigating ways in which rights can compete and conflict, and understanding that hard decisions have to be made to try and balance these.


Activity 1:
In the previous lesson, students were investigating human rights through the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Ask them to recap, using their previous work as prompts if possible, on the kinds of rights that are covered by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Ask the students how they think we make sure that people’s rights are protected.