Human rights resources for the classroom
Our Time is Now
Common Core-friendly, 40-minute, ready-to-use lessons for your classroom
on the human rights issues of our day.
"AFT is committed to educating our children to be knowlegeable, thoughtful, engaged citizens.... When students can connect with people who have made profound changes in their cities or countries, the struggle for democracy, freedom, human and civil rights becomes very real and all the more powerful."
—AFT president Randi Weingarten
Inside this toolkit are two lessons, each Common Core-aligned and developed by Common Core-proficient teachers, designed to help teach human rights in the classroom. These hands-on and collaborative lessons are targeted for grades five through ten. One lesson draws from the inspirational story of Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl and education activist who survived an attempted assassination by the Taliban. The second lesson focuses on the ongoing issue of sweatshops and the high cost of human life involved with making clothing sold by the world's most popular retailers, including Gap, Walmart and Hanes. Access these exciting lessons and bring the issue of Human Rights into your classroom today!