Help your students build their understanding of human rights in Canada as they learn at home.
Photo: CMHR, Scott Gillam
“Stay Home, Stay Safe” is a five‐lesson unit plan to accompany the Virtual Museum Tour: Stay home, stay safe. This unit introduces students to foundational human rights concepts and how these concepts have evolved throughout Canada’s history. Students will be challenged to think critically about Canada’s human rights journey and their own perspectives on human rights.
The lessons included in this unit plan are cross‐curricular and encourage students to read, write, represent, and communicate ideas about human rights in Canada.
Lesson 1: Explore the Canadian Museum for Human Rights
After watching the whole video, what part of the tour was most interesting to you? What caught your interest?
At the beginning of this tour, you learned about a specific declaration (around 1:00 in the video). Write down the declaration. Why is this declaration important?
How did Viola Desmond’s story help to shape Canada’s human rights journey?
Lesson 2: Indigenous peoples of Canada
While watching the Virtual Museum Tour: Stay home, stay safe, you visited a gallery called Indigenous Perspectives where the Museum’s guide spoke about the Spirit Panel Project. To review, please go to 4:10 in the video.
How do you define human rights? Before starting on the next step write down your answer to that question.
Does talking about human rights with others help to ensure that human rights are protected?
Today you will be talking to someone (family member, friend, etc.) about human rights. Begin by identifying who you will be talking to.
Prepare at least three questions you want to ask this person. Remember these questions need to focus on human rights.
Prepare at least three things you want to share with this person about your own thoughts on human rights.
Engage in a discussion focusing on human rights.
Take notes during this conversation to help you remember what was said.
What interesting information did you learn in your conversation?
What did you agree on or disagree on during your conversation?
How did talking to someone about human rights impact your perspectives on human rights?
Lesson 5: Your perspective on human rights
The visual arts can be a powerful way to share a message. The Museum uses the arts throughout its galleries in order to share a variety of human rights stories. Revisit the Virtual Museum Tour: Stay home, stay safe in order to be inspired by some of the art used in the Museum.
Explore the Be an Upstander website to learn about 15 of the 30 articles from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, using the “United Nations” section. (You will find this link in the expandable left-side menu.)
Choose one of the rights listed on the Be an Upstander website. Create an art piece that represents why you think this right is important or how you are impacted by this right.
Write a summary or record yourself explaining the meaning behind your art piece.