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Human Right Number Ten

The Right to Trial

If we are put on trial this should be in public. The people who try us should not let anyone tell them what to do.

Discussion Topics

Why is it important to have a trial instead of letting one person decide a verdict? 


What could happen if people didn’t have the right to a trial? 


Have the group do research on what Jury Duty is and the purpose of Jury Duty. Learn what exactly someone on a jury would do. 


Pick a few students to be in a pretend jury. Have the whole group come up with a pretend case and have the pretend jury decide on a verdict.


Assign each student a person to interview that has done Jury Duty (can be their parents, another teacher, a neighbor, etc.). Explain they will need to get an in-depth understanding of this persons experience. Have them write five to ten questions they will ask in the interview. The students who complete this can present what they learned to the club members in the next meeting. 

Important Note

Resist the temptation to play all 30 human rights videos at this point. Save those for each meeting that follows. Carry out the activities and let your students’ own visions of the 30 human rights materialize as the lessons unfold, one at a time.


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