Shaking the Movers: Youth Rights and Media - Lesson Lesson Plan

Level: Grades 9 to 10

Author: Matthew Johnson, Director of Education, MediaSmarts

Duration: 1 to 1/2 hours

This lesson is part of USE, UNDERSTAND & CREATE: A Digital Literacy Framework for Canadian Schools.


Students will discuss the concept of human rights and then learn how these ideas led to the drafting of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. They then consider five particular Articles of the Convention and, in groups, discuss how these relate to their media use. Students debate which Articles are most important to their media experiences and defend their choices to the class.

Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  • learn about the concept of human rights
  • learn about the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child
  • discuss how Articles of the Convention apply to their media use
  • lead a small-group discussion
  • collaborate with an expert group
  • present and defend opinions
  • write a persuasive essay

This lesson and all associated documents (handouts, overheads, backgrounders) are available in an easy-print, pdf kit version.

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