Human Rights and
the United Nations
This unit is a unit in the 10th
grade World Cultures class. I plan to teach it throughout
the year in three parts, the middle of first semester,
early in second semester and at the end of the year
in an exposition in Mock Session of the United Nations.
The exposition is a oral presentation of a written
policy proposal arguing a particular country¯s position
on a current human rights issue and designed to avoid
violent intra-national or global conflict. The two
lessons before the Mock Session are designed to scaffold
learning by teaching the purpose of the Universal
Declaration of Human Rights, the procedures of the
United Nations, the elements of an excellent oral
presentation and the process of writing a good term
paper, the written proposal.
How can humans resolve global and intra-national
conflict short of resorting to violent war and conflict?