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The Human Rights WebQuest was designed to teach students about some important human rights documents of the past. The WebQuest was also developed to encourage students to think critically about human rights today. Students will decide for themselves what rights people should have today.


Human rights need to be protected. Encouraging people to think about what human rights everyone should have will promote an environment where everyone is treated with respect.

Learner Description

This WebQuest was designed for intermediate and advanced ESL students. The students should be at least middle school aged to understand the importance of human rights. This activity is suitable for any group of learners middle school aged or above.


Students who complete this WebQuest will need to have a Google account to create their Google Doc and save it in their Google Drive. Students will need to be able to search the internet. Student need to be able to read and write at a 7th grade English level.

Instructional Objectives

While completing this WebQuest students will:

  • Describe three important human rights documents
  • Explain some important rights that are protected by each document.
  • Evaluate documents and describe drawbacks of each document.
  • Assemble a list of rights that people should have today.
  • Create a document that protects your population's human rights.

Standards Addressed

The standard used for this WebQuest come from the Common Core State Standards Initiative. The standards are from grade 6-8 Common Core Standards.

    Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.
    Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience. (Grade-specific expectations for writing types are defined in standards 1-3 above.)

Subject Matter Description

This activity follows the WebQuest Model, developed by Bernie Dodge and Tom March. The WebQuest has each of the following sections:

  • Start: This section introduces the students to the WebQuest and provides "The Central Question."
  • Introduction: This section provides some background on human rights and gives the students a few more questions to think about.
  • Task: This sections provides an overview of what the students will do during this WebQuest. Students will create a document with two separate parts. The first part will summarize and evaluate past human rights documents. The second part will provide a list of human rights for a population of their choice.
  • Process: This section provides a detailed description of the steps that the students need to take to complete the assignment. It also provides links for students to research past human rights documents.
  • Evaluation: This page provides the rubric that the instructor will use to grade the document. Students will use this rubric in their self-assessment.
  • Conclusion: This section gives students some additional questions to think about and encourages them to be aware of the importance of protecting people's basic human rights.


Students will create a document with two separate parts. The first part is a summary and evaluation of past human rights documents. The second part is a list of human rights for the population that the student chooses. The document will be graded based on the rubric provided on the Evaluation page.


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