This is my unit (slides, links, assignments and assessments) for my unit on Human Rights in my Contemporary Issues class. My two essential questions are:
*What global responsibilities does the United States have as the world’s last remaining superpower?
*Why are global human rights important?
These assignments (and even handouts for debates) are geared towards addressing these questions. For example, the debate worksheet asks students to look at the topic and debate it in a step by step way.
Another assignment allows students to view the film and read an article by a peacekeeper. It is a NY Times article and gives great insight into the Black Hawk Down crisis. I used these two items as my final assessment.
I also provide a power point that gives a definition of what a dictator is and begins the unit by discussing Saddam Hussein. I provide clips of footage of him and kids seemed to respond well to footage I provided.
I provide an assignment that is an introduction to the crisis in Somalia. This assignment is divided into three parts and allows students to examine a map. There's an oral component they address. I even provide a place for a hypothesis so they can gather info and make a guess as to what happens in this conflict. *I provide a few ways to assess this unit, because I would use different assignments for various classes. I feel its good to be versatile.
Please know I will answer any questions you have on these assignments. The assignments are in word format, so feel free to adjust as necessary.