OVERVIEW: Students may be aware of violations of various
treaties and agreements on children's rights issues, but
may not know where to turn in order to take action. This lesson will allow for students to get detailed information
on a variety of advocacy groups.
- How do international children's rights groups work?
- Where are they located?
- How can individuals get involved?
TIME REQUIRED: Approximately three 40-minute class
periods (can be adjusted to suit grade level and intensity
of activity or to block schedule).
SUGGESTED GRADE LEVELS: Grades 9-12, but can
be used at lower levels if the teacher has spent time
on issues relating to children.
INTERDISCIPLINARY CONNECTIONS: Visual
Arts--the creation of posters or pamphlets;
Drama/Public Speaking--oral advocacy.
CORE CONTENT STANDARDS: 6.1: #6,7,12,14; 6.2: #10,11; 6.3: #13,14; 6.4:
#7-13; 6.6: #13-16; 6.8: #16.
- Students will describe the activities of various organizations
dedicated to children's rights issues.
- Students will determine how best they can become involved which
each organization in order to affect positive change.
DAY 1: Teacher will divide class into five groups.
Each group will be assigned an international organization.
The group will be responsible for writing a promotional
speech in order to gain new members and/or donations.
The speech should include 1) historical background,
2) current operations in the area of children's rights
issues (what and where), 3) where there are opportunities
for average people to get involved (personal action, financial,
political pressure, etc.). Each group should make several
visual aids including a map as well as a reference/fact
sheet that can be photocopied for distribution to the
**All materials can be/should be student supplied**
DAY 2 into DAY 3: Groups should present their speeches
to the class. It is recommended that the teacher assign
roles to each group member. For example, students can
read the speech, while others explain the map, visual
aid and reference sheet. Therefore, no member of the
group is excluded from the oral presentation. It is important
to give each group a 5-7minute allotment of time (this
time frame can be changed to suit the needs of the teacher
and/or class. This allows the group to understand the
expectations of the teacher).
REFERENCES: (Click the hyperlinks or type in the URL
in your web browser)
After students observe the oral presentations and visual aids,
each student will write a complete essay describing what
organization they would either join or donate money to
(students should not choose their assigned organization).
The essay should address the goal of the chosen organization
and reason why the student chose that particular essay
(see rubric for helpful hints on how to grade the essay).The
teacher should ask for volunteers to read chosen essays