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    1. Human Rights Education
      1. Human Rights Education (Amnesty International)
        This site, which is hosted by Amnesty International, offers an extensive collection of resources for human rights education including syllabi, sample lessons, resource guides, and much more.
      2. Human Rights Education Associates (HREA)
        HREA is a clearinghouse of information and resources related to human rights education. This site features an Electronic Resource Centre for Human Rights Education, which serves as an on-line repository of human rights education and training materials. HREA encourages educators to adapt materials for their own use.
      3. Human Rights Here and Now: Celebrating the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
        Human Rights Here and Now: Celebrating the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is intended to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and to further human rights education in the United States. This site offer users access to an excellent resource for teaching about human rights issues at all levels. Human Rights Here and Now provides important background information concerning human rights, as well as sample activities that educators can use to integrate human rights into their classrooms.
      4. Human Rights Resource Center
        Based at the University of Minnesota, the Human Rights Resource Center serves as a clearinghouse for information and resources related to human rights education. Users can search a database of human rights documents, order human rights educational resources, and connect with other human rights educators via a global human rights e-mail listserv. This is a great place to start.
      5. Human Rights in Action (UN CyberSchoolBus)
        This site provides users with an interactive version of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Each article of the UDHR is introduced with both the official text and a plain language version, an exploration of key issues, definitions, and suggestions for activities and discussion questions. This site also provides engaging human rights stories of teachers and students from around the world.
      6. Human Rights: Economic and Social Justice
        Economic and Social Justice: A Human Rights Perspective addresses the social and economic rights found in Articles 16 and 22 through 27 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), which are generally not recognized as human rights in the United States. This resource provides essential background concerning important aspects of the UDHR, and suggests activities that educators can use to make important connections with their students.
      7. People's Decade of Human Rights Education
        The PDHRE is a group of educators and activists dedicated to making human rights education accessible to all. This site offers information about various programs and initiatives related to human rights education worldwide.
      8. Raising Children with Roots, Rights, and Responsibilities
        This resource is only available in Adobe Acrobat .pdf format. You may download a copy of this dynamic guide from the web site listed above. This book contains a variety of activities, lessons, and curriculum units related to children's human rights.
      9. Teaching Human Rights Online (Project THRO)
        Project THRO (Teaching Human Rights Online) is being developed as a web site of interactive teaching cases. THRO seeks to improve ethical reasoning and cross-cultural communication for its participants. Users are encouraged to participate in online simulations that place them in the role of decision makers confronting important international human rights issues.
    2. Human Rights Lesson Plans
      1. "Pressing" Issues in Zimbabwe: Exploring Freedom of the Press (Grades 6-12)
        This lesson allows students to explore the nature of freedom of the press through examining a news story about the capture and torture of journalists in Zimbabwe and by participating in a round-table discussion of the issues. Students research an African country of their choice, and will then create timelines detailing significant events in that country's government and attitudes about the press over the course of the 20th century.
      2. Bringing Peace to the Balkans, Piece by Piece (Grades 6-12)
        The New York Times on the Web's Learning Network's special news package, "Kosovo: A Bitter Struggle in a Land of Strife," is a rich resource of articles, editorial pieces, photos, maps, and other features from The New York Times' coverage of Kosovo. Today's lesson plan features multiple suggestions for using this tremendous resource in your classroom.
      3. Challenging Communism in China: A Global History Lesson Plan (Grades 6-12)
        Students will read and discuss the article, "Chinese Dissidents Issue a Sharp Challenge to the Government" on pro-democratic manifestos that were recently written in China, write a journal entry on "what human rights means to them," report on several pro-democratic demonstrations that have taken place in China during the last decade and interpret one of the original manifestos.
      4. Giving Without Borders: Examining the Work of Doctors Without Borders (Grades 6-12)
        In this lesson, students assess the mission, accomplishments and global impact of Doctors Without Borders, the medical relief organization awarded the 1999 Nobel Peace Prize. Students analyze stories of recent work done by the organization in different countries around the world, focusing on why the group was present in each case, the various obstacles that they had to overcome and the difference that their presence made in each country and to the people they helped.
      5. Riot, Revolution and Reform Revisiting the Tiananmen Square Massacre (Grades 6-12)
        Students examine the student protests and subsequent massacre at Tiananmen Square in 1989 and the current petition by victims' family members to open a criminal investigation of the responsible officials. After reading and discussing two New York Times articles about the events, one from 1989 and one from 1999, students will research the perspective of either a student protester or government official and write a research-based diary entry relaying this person's point of view.
      6. Taking the Human Rights Temperature of Your School
        This activity challenges participants to evaluate their school's human rights climate using criteria derived from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The subsequent discussion builds towards identifying areas of particular concern and developing an action plan to begin addressing them. This resource was developed by Kristi Rudelius-Palmer and David Shiman.
      7. The Fight for Human Rights: Understanding the Quest to Protect Human Rights (Grades 6-12)
        In this lesson, students explore the concept of human rights by developing and defending their own "Bills of Human Rights" and by writing a reflective essay that compares their notions of human rights and the protection of them to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
      8. When Human Rights are Wronged: Designing a "Bill of Human Rights" (Grades 6-12)
        In this lesson, students explore the concept of human rights by examining the arresting of prominent Chinese dissidents who are members of the China Democratic Party. Students develop and defend their own "Bill of Human Rights" and write a reflective essay comparing their declarations to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
      9. Whose Rights are Right? A Lesson About Turmoil in East Timor (Grades 6-12)
        Students consider the concept of "human rights" in relation to the current conditions and history of East Timor.
      10. World Trade-Offs: Exploring the Effects of World Trade on Your City (Grades 6-12)
        In this lesson, students assess how global trade impacts the businesses and industries of their city. Students first explore, in small groups, the labor, agribusiness, environment and human rights issues protested throughout the first week of December 1999 during the WTO meeting in Seattle. Students then develop questions about their assigned issues and the impact of world trade in general, interview people at related local businesses and industries, and write newspaper articles which incorporate all of the learning experiences from this lesson.

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