Read Ishmael Beah’s “A Long Way Gone.”
After finishing the book, identify and list at least three basic human rights that were violated. Be specific and use quotes from the book to support your list.
How did these violations transform the characters in the book? Discuss and be specific.
Read the UN Declaration on Human Rights. After reading the declaration, write a speech that will be “delivered to the UN Assembly” that discusses the importance of at least one of the basic human rights or freedoms outlined in the declaration. Use specific examples from the book to support the importance of these rights.
An additional lesson plan:
Watch VJ Burman.
Write a letter to your local congressperson referencing the UN Declaration on Human Rights and the rights you saw violated in the film. Identify why it is important to protect these rights; be specific and use support.