-- Teach children the concepts of diversity, culture, community, the effects of prejudice, and human rights.
-- Share a vision of a world where people are embraced for their similarities and appreciated for their differences.
-- Create an understanding of the harm caused by prejudice and develop an ability to confront prejudice individually and as part of a community.
-- Develop an ability to think critically about human behavior.
-- Instill a desire to act morally.
Rather than focusing on one discrete event in history, each guide offers age-appropriate strategies and lesson plans for teaching students about the fundamental causes of human rights violations and an awareness of ongoing social issues. Lesson plans include exercises that explore underlying concepts while teaching students about geography, history, social studies, math, art, music, and science. Each guide can be used as a curriculum itself, or individual lesson plans can be used as they fit in with an existing curriculum. Complete, annotated bibliographies include both print and non-print resources, and appendices include articles for teachers and helpful information on locating further resources.
Laura Petovello is an attorney and community organizer with long experience working for the human rights of children and people with disabilities. Rachel Quenk is the children's librarian at the Thomas Library, Cape Elizabeth, Maine.