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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 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. The third lesson focuses on the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela. Access these exciting lessons and bring the issue of Human Rights into your classroom today!

GAP protest

Select this lesson plan: The Hidden Human Cost of Fashion.

Malala Yousafzai

Select this lesson plan: Stand with Malala for Girls Education Worldwide.

Nelson Mandela

Select this lesson plan: Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.

  • More resources about Malala and human rights are available on Share My Lesson.
  • More resources about sweatshops and human rights are available on Share My Lesson.
  • More resources about Nelson Mandela are available on Share My Lesson.