This lesson is about the influence of the Magna Carta on the development of human rights, including subsequent legislation.

The lesson examines one of the key clauses of the Magna Carta, still part of English law today, and provides students with the concepts and language required to take part in a debate on rights and freedoms.

The quotation from the Magna Carta used in task 1 can be accessed from

Topic: The influence of the Magna Carta on the subsequent development of human rights and freedoms

Level: C1+

Time: 90 mins


  • To develop students’ vocabulary of the concepts surrounding human rights/freedoms
  • To develop students’ ability to debate and support their standpoint
  • To raise students’ awareness of the Magna Carta and its influence on human rights and the concept of freedom


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