How are rights protected? Introduction

Key Learning Area: Studies of Society and Environment

Year Level: Upper primary

Lesson Duration: 3 lessons

Lesson Topic: How are rights protected?

Lesson’s overall aim:

Students explore what is meant by the term ‘rights’. They develop an understanding about why rights are important and consider what might happen if these rights were removed. Finally, students explore the people and institutions (governments and courts) protect rights.

Curriculum links

Links to the Australian Curriculum

Intended student learning objectives/outcomes


  • Explore why society has laws
  • Discuss laws that affect young people
  • Identify key personnel who help to protect people’s rights


  • Teamwork
  • Critical thinking
  • Critical listening


  • Compassion
  • Fair go
  • Freedom
  • Understanding, tolerance and inclusion


  1. Declaration of the Rights of the Child – Plain language version
  2. Dictionaries
  3. Internet
  4. Post-it notes
  5. Five Whys handout
  6. Sunshine wheel graphic organiser
  7. Photographic essay template
  8. Digital camera and printer

Note to teachers

Before undertaking this lesson plan with students, teachers are advised to familiarise themselves with the United Nation’s ‘Declaration of the Rights of the Child’. The complete official version of the Declaration, as well as a plain language version, is available on the Resources and links section of the United Nation’s Cyber School bus website.

Introduction | Activity One | Activity Two | Activity Three 

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