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Children's rights

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This lesson helps raise awareness of children's rights.

Kate Cory-Wright

The United Nations has declared that 20 November is the International Day of the Child. To help raise awareness of this important issue, this lesson plan is about children's rights.

In this integrated skills lesson, pupils will learn about some of the rights listed in the United Nations 'Convention on the Rights of the Child' (CRC)*. First, pupils are introduced to the concept of 'rights' through a teacher-led discussion. Then they study a list of items (in the form of picture cards) and decide which ones are 'rights'. Next, they read some of the fundamental rights, share missing information and complete the gaps in their text. Finally, learners work in groups, using the ideas from the lesson to make a booklet about children's rights.


  • To teach learners about children's rights
  • To develop the skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking
  • To encourage pupils to think critically and creatively
  • To recycle the use of modals (can't, should, shouldn't, must, mustn't, have to)


Older primary (10- to 11-year-olds) with two or more years of English


45–60 minutes (this lesson could be done over two classes)


The lesson plan and worksheets can be downloaded in PDF format below. You will need to print and cut up the images before the lesson.

Language level
Language Level: 
Primary level 2