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Grade 12

Core Lesson Plan

In Grade 12, students explore international human rights issues from the evaluative perspective of the universal, intrinsic, and inalienable characteristics of human dignity. Applying critical thinking and analysis tools, the Grade 12 curriculum examines in-depth contemporary international human rights issues, including sustainable development, violence against women and children, feminicide and global population policies. Heroes in this lesson include Devendra Agarwal – a social worker who leads an orphanage for abandoned girls – and others fighting femicide in Asia, India and China. From the Preamble of The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), a hallmark document in the development of a recognized system of human rights, to controversial ideas from Paul Ehrlich and Disney, students critically evaluate texts and media depictions throughout the decades to apprehend problematic ideologies that view persons as problems rather than solutions. The course culminates in a capstone project, introducing the Design Thinking method and teaching students a system by which to formulate solutions to real world problems.

Lesson 1

Hierarchy of Being and Human Dignity

The purpose of this lesson is to understand how their dignity is the basis for human rights.

Lesson 2

Subjects vs. Objects

The purpose of this lesson is to enable students to accurately recognize when policy respects or disrespects human dignity.

Lesson 3

Power to Think about Emotions

The purpose of this lesson is to acquire the capability to examine one’s emotional reactions in light of objective reality.

Lesson 4

Freedom for Excellence

The purpose of this lesson is to motivate students to use their freedom for excellence to defend human dignity as the basis for human rights.

Lesson 5

Human Creativity: The World's Greatest Resource

The purpose of this lesson is to introduce students to the idea that humans are a creative resource and to critically evaluate media depictions that present the human population as the problem.

Lesson 6

Friendship and Solidarity

The purpose of this lesson is to motivate students to promote solidarity and pursue the common good in their daily lives.

Lesson 7

Habits of Excellence: Justice

The purpose of this lesson is to help students live justly in their daily life and distinguish between justice and injustice in the world around them.

Lesson 8

Heroism: Fighting Femicide

The purpose of this lesson is to motivate students to embody the heroism of justice in their daily lives.

Lesson 9

The Mission

The purpose of this lesson is to help students to pursue a mission of excellence, respecting human dignity.

Lesson 10

Final Quiz

The purpose of this lesson is to review the content of the whole curriculum with students and evaluate their learning.

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