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Unit 1: Redefining World Society and Culture

Lesson A: Thinking Like a Historian

Activity 3: Using Historical Thinking Skills to Analyze Global Rights

Picture of Eleanor Roosevelt with the Human Rights Declaration document

Eleanor Roosevelt [1]

Our former first lady, Eleanor Roosevelt, shown to the right, worked with the United Nations to create the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This document outlines the basic human rights that people in all countries should enjoy. It was approved in 1949.

In world history, you will be required to analyze issues and events from a global perspective. It is important to note that concepts that we think are common, like freedom of speech, are interpreted differently in other countries.

Let's now examine how an issue like freedom of expression is understood and practiced in different countries by completing a historical investigation. You will have many opportunities to complete historical investigations in this course. These will require you to use your historical thinking skills to analyze sources and draw conclusions.


image of magnifying glass focusing on world history

Historical Investigation - Freedom of Speech

Directions: For this activity, open the student resource titled Historical Investigation - Freedom of Expression. Use the documents to analyze the role of free expression in different parts of the world.

  1. Download the Student Resource: Historical Investigation - Freedom of Expression (doc).
  2. Select the link to review the how to complete a Historical Investigation.
  3. Submit your answers to the completed historical investigation to your teacher as instructed.


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[1] Source: This image from http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Eleanor_Roosevelt_and_Human_Rights_Declaration.jpg is in the public domain.