Human Rights Class


What are Human Rights?

1. Make a list of 8 rights you think all people should have.

2. Have a look at the word cloud below. Did you use any of the words in your list?

3. Find words that have a semantic connection. E.g. 'elementary' + 'education'

4. When you've finished, spend a few minutes making sentences that begin:
  • Everyone is...
  • Everyone has the right to...
  • No one shall be...
(The larger the words, and the nearer they are to the centre, the more often they are repeated.)



Check your sentences with the U.N. Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Read from Page 2 ‘Article 1’. (PDF opens in new tab)

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6. Look back at the word cloud and make a note of words that weren’t in the last exercise. Can you remember reading any of these words in the Universal Declaration?
7. Write a few more sentences then check with the PDF again.

TIP: You can do these exercises with any text you find, noting the frequency of words that are common in a given context and creating your own word cloud. Then try to build sentences from what you remember. It’s a good way to memorise chunks of language, especially collocations and preposition patterns. I use to make my word clouds and just take a screen capture from the web page. (Link opens in new tab.)

Reading Part 2

Look at the following sentences from the Preamble (Definition opens in new tab.) of the Declaration:


‘Whereas’ may appear strange here, as there is no contrast. You will probably have seen ‘whereas’ as synonymous with ‘on the contrary’ or ‘although’ which doesn’t fit in this context. In legal terms, ‘whereas’ functions as an introductory term. See a full definition here. (Link opens in new tab.)

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