How are rights protected? Activity 3

  1. Now that students know what rights are, why they are important and what might happen if these rights were removed, ask students, ‘How are rights protected?’

    As a class discuss the role of governments (both Commonwealth and State) and courts in protecting each of the rights that have been identified; for example, the right to a name. Explain that parents are required by law after a birth to register the name of their child with the Office of Births, Deaths and Marriages.

  2. Ask students to reform their pair or small groups from the previous lesson. Provide the pairs or small groups of students with a copy of the Photographic essay template. Explain to students that this photographic essay contains the following parts:
    • the right
    • explanation of why it is important
    • list of two possible consequences if this right were removed
    • name of the institution that ensures that the right is protected
    • a photograph or series of photographs that illustrates the right in practice.

    Students can choose to either use online sources to locate a suitable digital image or use a digital camera to take their photographs.

  3. The pages of the photographic essay can be compiled into a book or displayed in the room around the ‘What is a right?’ poster from Activity 1.


  1. Ask the students to respond to the question, ‘Why do you think it is important for governments and courts to protect people’s rights?’ The students’ response could be completed in their reflective journals or diary.

Introduction | Activity One | Activity Two | Activity Three