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Lesson 1
Get Started - Finding An Issue of Interest

Finding Inspiration and Motivation in the Words and Works of Others

Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Reflect on the efforts of change-makers and human rights defenders.

Overview/Purpose:

Students will explore the efforts of successful change-makers.

Guiding Questions:

  • How can we learn from Dan Eldon and other human right defenders?
  • Is it possible for me to be a human rights defender?

Recommended Time:

45 minutes

Common Core State Standards:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.R.1

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.R.7

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.W.7

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.W.9

 

Materials:

Creative Activist Toolkit

Dan Eldon — Current TV Video

Speak Truth to Power Human Rights Defenders

Birth of After the Fall: HIV Grows up

 

Technology Required:

1. Internet access and projection

2. Computers with internet access for students

 

Lesson Design:

 

  • Share a prepared written response where you answer the questions:
    1. What did you find so interesting about the change-maker who has inspired you?
    2. What does it make you think about?
    3. What feelings does it ‘spark’ within you?
  • Students read and review resources about and from Dan and other inspiring change-makers provided by the teacher.
  • Students write in response to one or more of the stories or resources they find compelling, using these questions to prompt their thinking and responses:

    1. What did you find so interesting about the change-maker who has inspired you?
    2. What does it make you think about?
    3. What feelings does it ‘spark’ in you?
    4. How can you take what you learned from these change-makers to help defend human rights in your own life?

  • Students share their responses with a partner.