Get Started - Finding An Issue Of Interest
Opening Your Eyes and Ears to Children’s Rights Issues
After this lesson, students will be able to:
- Identify places where they might learn more about children’s rights and becoming a changemaker.
- Identify model defenders of children’s rights.
As a means of building students’ readiness for the development of their own action plans, this lesson focuses students’ attention on existing public awareness messages and campaigns and the issues they address. These will serve as models for the projects they are about to begin.
What can I learn about children’s rights and children’s changemakers by examining examples of what others have done?
Common Core State Standards:
- Awareness begins and grows when we open our eyes and ears to information that is all around us. Share an anecdote about your growing awareness of children’s rights issues – instances in which certain rights are protected, or not.
- Share instances in your own life where you might find people and projects that have focused on children’s rights.
- In groups, students will begin brainstorming people and places that might offer information about issues related to the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC).
- Examples of things that serve to open students’ eyes: public service announcements (PSAs), film trailers, benefit concerts and events, celebrity endorsements, editorials, fundraisers, announcements and initiative in places of worship and local civic organizations, youth centers, interviews with friends and family, world news, documentaries, efforts of local organizations, club projects, and service groups within your school.
- Individually or in small groups, students create a list of places where they have found problems with children’s rights and projects, efforts and initiatives aimed at making them better. They will add to the list what they know about the issue, what is being done about it, and what they can do to help. Use the Open Your Eyes and Ears Handout to collect ideas.
- Groups share their lists with the class, generating one shared list to be displayed in the classroom for inspiration.
- As an exit ticket, have students note the issue(s) about which they are interested in learning more on a post-it or index card.