Curriculum Level: 7

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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.

Compass - Le's talk about sex!

This activity addresses issues and rights related to sexuality, including homosexuality and aims to develop self-confidence to express one’s own opinion on these issues and to promote tolerance and empathy. (Part of the Compass HRE manual)

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Compass - Makah Whaling

This high level activity involves small group work, role-play, discussion and consensus building about the sustainable use of marine resources, the rights of indigenous peoples to their culture and development and explores the conflicts between the right to development and cultural life and protection of the environment. (Part of the Compass HRE Handbook Manual)

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Compass - Path to Equality-land

This activity involves small group work, imagination, and drawing in order to explore issues of gender equality and discrimination against women. While developing understanding and appreciation of the goals of equality and gender balance, students develop imagination and creativity to envision the future and to promote justice and respect. (Part of the Compass HRE manual)

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Compass - The impact of the internet

This activity involves both small group and plenary discussions to analyse issues of the future of the Internet and the use of the Internet for the promotion of human rights. Critical thinking skills are developed while becoming aware of the implications of the Internet and access to information world-wide. (Part of the Compass HRE manual)

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Compass - To vote or not to vote

This activity involves a survey of people in the community to explore voting in elections and civic participation. Students develop skills to find out and analyse information critically and learn about the importance of  valuing the personal contribution of every citizen in a democracy. (Part of the Compass HRE manual)

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Compass - Trade Union Meeting

This more complex activity is a simulation of a meeting between an employer and employees together with their trade union representatives to negotiate wages and conditions. The issues addressed include the role of trade unions, the collective bargaining in the workplace and workers' rights. While understanding the role of trade unions, students develop consensus decision making skills. (Part of the Compass HRE manual)

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Compass - When tomorrow comes

This activity uses information sheets and discussion to explore issues about the rights of criminals, the death penalty and the protection of society from criminals. It aims is to examine preconceptions about criminals and reflect on some of the implications of the death penalty. (Part of the Compass HRE manual)

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Developing a class agreement

In this activity  students gain an understanding of the difficulties and processes involved in treaty negotiations. It will help them to appreciate the relationship between establishing a code of rights & responsibilities, and  living up to an agreed standard of behaviour within everyday occurences. With an emphasis on group participation in the creation and protection of rights, an agreed set of rules and responsibilities is established for the group. Curriculum values of equity - Tika/pono and respect for others - Manaaki/ãwhi, are emphasised. (Part of the HRiE School Resource Kit)

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Film curriculum guides

This resource comes from Amnesty International - USA, it contains a list of movies concerned with human rights (such as 'Hotel Rwanda' and 'Blood Diamond'), for each movie there are several lesson plans and activities included.

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