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Lesson 3
Get Started - Explore Human Rights

Creating Your Own Original
Interpretation of the UDHR

Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Create an original interpretation of one article of the UDHR
  • Collaborate on creating an original interpretation of the UDHR, providing a visual representation for the class to share

Overview/Purpose:

Students create an original artistic interpretation of one article from The Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Guiding Questions:

  • How can we better understand the articles in the UDHR?
  • How does creating an interpretation enhance and/or alter understanding?

Recommended Time:

45-90 minutes

Common Core State Standards:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.R.1
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.R.2
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.R.4

Materials:

Illustrations Handout
We Are All Born Free illustrations

 

Technology Required:

Internet access

Lesson Design:

  • Show students some of the illustrations from the book “We Are All Born Free”, pointing out that each illustration was completed by a different artist.
  • Students turn and talk with a partner – discussing what they notice about the interpretations.
  • As partners talk, you might want to circle the room, making note of things they are discussing.
  • Share with the class things you overhear, and invite additional comments that you have not mentioned.
  • Assign students one of the 30 articles from the UDHR. Explain that each student will be responsible for creating an original interpretation of the article that will be part of a visual representation for the classroom.
  • The illustration must:
    • Include the article number and text from the article itself
    • Visually represent the article assigned
    • Be an original illustration and/or collage
    • Be completed on a standard-sized construction paper
  • If you have previously shown students the Youth for Human Rights PSAs, remind them that these simply represent one interpretation of the rights, and their illustration should not simply portray what they saw in the videos.
  • Once illustrations are complete – display them to create a mural in your classroom. The mural will also provide a quick reference to the articles for you and your students.