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Individual Freedoms: Freedom of Expression

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The following links were chosen for their educational value and do not necessarily reflect the views of the author or the United States Information Agency:

Classroom Activities and Lessons

Pre-fabricated lesson plans and activities intended for classroom use; can be adapted for all age groups and language proficiency levels.

    Interactive activity focuses on effective listening and its role in respecting individual rights. Helps students a) improve their listening skills, b) think about what makes effective and less effective listening, and c) make connections between attentive listening and the ability to respect everyone's right to an opinion. Included are questions for discussion and brief descriptions of factors that prevent us from listening and that help us listen.

    Main learning point of this activity is that people have the right to express their own opinions and to meet together to express their views. Helps learners focus on feelings that arise when one's freedom to speak is interrupted. Activity is intended to help learners develop listening and speaking skills.

    Lesson plan asks students to compare similarities and differences between the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the U.S. Bill of Rights. Lesson helps learners understand universal human rights, individual freedoms, and the problems involved with enforcing human rights on an international level. Some focus is placed on individual freedoms, including free choice of employment, free press, free choice of spouse, free choice of number of children, freedom of religion, and freedom from torture.

    Lesson plan intended to a) increase students' knowledge about refugee rights, b) help students develop an understanding of refugees as a vulnerable group with specific rights, and c) introduce students to the concept of freedom of movement. Includes a) information about refugees, b) a role-play activity, c) discussion questions, and d) suggestions for other activities and projects.

Official Documents

Can be used to provide background information and to create materials:

Special thanks to Katherine Reilly who compiled this list of Internet resources


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