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United Nations Day

Found in: social studies, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

United Nations Day October 24th has been celebrated as United Nations Day since 1948 and marks the anniversary of the ratification of the UN Charter in 1945 (See: United Nations Is Born). Reacquaint students with the UN and its mission with these lessons and resources.


  • The United Nations Students in grades 9-12 learn about efforts to resolve differences between nations after World War II. Includes handouts and provides standards.
  • A World Not Ours Students in grades 9-12 interpret the text of UN Article 13 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights after watching a video from the perspective of a displaced family. The POV video can be watched online for free until October 13, 2015.
  • Human Rights in Popular Culture Project ( PDF, 125 KB, 5 pgs.) Using C. Wright Mills’ concept of “Sociological Imagination” and the United Nations High Commission on Human Rights List of Issues, students in grades 11-12 choose a popular culture product and analyze it in a global social context.




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