Secondary School Classroom activities

Internationally tested and proven human rights-based Secondary School classroom activities and HRIE social studies activities, all linked to the New Zealand Curriculum and down-loadable for teachers in editable Word format.
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A social studies toolkit for human rights learning (secondary)

This resource has been developed to help equip teachers - particularly those teaching levels 4-6 social studies of the New Zealand Curriculum - with some key tools to develop the human rights learning essential to effective citizenship in the 21st century.

Australian Human Rights Commission

This link takes you to the Australian Human Rights Commission website, where you can access human rights activities for the classroom. These activities are suitable for a wide range of age groups.
Between You and Me

A Secondary social studies activity exploring attributes of identity – private, public, and shared. Students are taught how to be aware of their own individuality and that of others, to identify what they have in common with others and to promote respect for diversity.

Compasito 4.02 A constitution for our group

Children develop a group ‘constitution’ stating their rights and responsibilities. Through designing rules for their own group, students learn about democracy, citizenship and how to reach a group consensus for the common good. Suitable for Years 5-9 students. (Part of Compasito Human Rights Handbook).

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Compasito 4.04 Advertising in Human Rights

A creative activity requiring students to write and film a T.V advertisement for children's rights. Through choosing one right to advertise and thinking about their target audience - students practice critical thinking with regards to human rights and the advertising industry. Communication, participation and production skills are also employed, such as acting, film production and editing, story telling, singing and public speaking.  (Part of the Compasito Human Rights Education Handbook)

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Compasito 4.08 Bullying Scenes

An easily adaptable activity for Year 3-9 students deepening student understanding of bullying. Possible strategic actions against bullying will be discussed as well as support options children have if they find themselves being bullied. (Part of the Compasito Human Rights Education Handbook)

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Compasito 4.10 Compasito Reporter

In this activity children act as reporters and research human rights issues in their community. By identifying and researching human rights issues around them children develop an awareness of human rights in their everyday life and develop collaborative skills for active participation to defend rights and violations. Suitable for children in Years 6-9 (Part of the Compasito Human Rights Education Handbook).Download as PDF 250KB)


Compasito 4.12 Dear Diary

An activity involving story telling and discussion, adaptable for students in Years 4-9. Children read three different accounts of the same experience and discuss mistaken judgments about people. The activity aims to enhance empathy and understanding of the subjectivity of individual experience for children - and incorporates broader themes of health and welfare, poverty and social exclusion (part of the Compasito Human Rights Education Handbook).

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Compasito 4.13 Every vote counts

An activity suitable for students Years 7-9. Introduces children to democracy and aims to show the possibilities of citizen participation. Through simulating fair elections students become aware of the right of each person to participate in his/her government, either through holding office or electing representatives (Part of the Compasito Human Rights Education Handbook).

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Compasito 4.14 from bystander to helper

This activity is part of the Compasito Human Rights Education Handbook. Children to speak about situtaitons where they have observed or experienced violence. They are then asked to think about solutions and a helping behaviour for such situations. Observing that everyone experiences violence in different ways throughout their lives leads to reflexion about the responsibility to help and defend each other.

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