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Secondary Instructional Plan: Human Rights

Part One

Table of Contents
Learning outcomes (2005)
Learning Outcomes (2000)
Background information and materials
Introductory activities
Main activities
       Canadian Charter of Rights and United Nations Declaration of
       Human Rights
       Concluding activities

Secondary Instructional Plan: Tradition and Culture

Learning Outcomes (2005)
Secondary Instructional Plans Social Studies Program of Studies - Alberta)

General Outcome 2
Students will assess the impact of historical globalization and European imperialism on indigenous and nonindigenous peoples
General Outcome 4
Students will demonstrate understanding of the roles of individuals, governments, organizations and businesses in addressing quality of life issues in a globalizing world.
Students will
  • recognize and appreciate the validity of oral histories
  • recognize and appreciate the importance of human rights in determining quality of life
  • recognize and appreciate the importance of human rights in determining quality of life

Students will

  • analyze contemporary issues that originate from legislation enacted by post-colonial governments in Canada and other locations (consequences of residential schools, social impact on indigenous peoples, loss of language, impact of civil strife)
  • 10.02.11 critique various attempts to address consequences of imperialist policies and actions (Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples, South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission, contemporary examples)
Students will:
  • compare similarities and differences among historical narratives
  • discern historical facts from historical interpretations through an examination of multiple sources
  • identify reasons underlying similarities and differences among historical narratives
  • develop a reasoned position that is informed by historical and contemporary evidence in the context of the present, the future and in various historical time periods use current, reliable information sources from around the world
  • consult a wide variety of sources, including oral histories, that reflect varied viewpoints on particular issues
  • understand that different types of information may be used to manipulate and control a (e.g., graphics, photographs, graphs, charts and statistics)
  • evaluate the validity of various points of view presented in the media
  • analyze the impact of various forms of media, identifying complexities and discrepancies in the information, and making distinctions between sound generalizations and misleading oversimplification

Learning Objectives (1990)

Selected Objectives from Alberta 1990 Program of Studies – Social Studies

Students will:

  • Discuss the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
  • Express their opinions about human rights abuses in Canadian history
  • Contribute to debate regarding the consequences and social outcomes related to hatred in Canada

Students will:

  • Develop a sense of responsibility to protect other people’s rights
  • Appreciate Canada’s multiculturalism and immigration policies
  • Work at solving issues without violence


Respect for human rights has an impact on the quality of life for everyone in a globalizing world. In this lesson, students will explore human rights and human rights abuses and will learn about the role of individuals, governments, organizations, and businesses in maintaining or abusing those rights. The following activities will help the students to understand what human rights are and to gain an increased appreciation of what rights they enjoy as Canadians.

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