Work, Religion, Family and Criminal Justice: The Rights of Youth Here and Around the World



In this activity, students step into the shoes of a judge, lawyer or social worker to write a persuasive or explanatory text on one of these four themes:

  • freedom of religion of children and teenagers
  • children and teenagers and work 
  • the rights of children when parents divorce
  • criminal system punishments for teenagers

Target Audience

Secondary 4 and 5


Flexible. Our teacher's guide suggests four class periods.

Suggested Courses

  • English Language Arts and Français, langue seconde teachers can use this activity to help students learn how to structure a persuasive or explanatory text.
  • Ethics and Religious Culture teachers can use the activity to have students reflect on ethical issues and the themes of tolerance, criminal justice and work conditions in certain countries.
  • For teachers of History, the activity is useful for presenting legal documents that protect human rights and getting students thinking about the evolution of rights over time.

Download the Materials

Depending on which theme is chosen:

Related Content

Freedom of Religion of Children and Teenagers

Children and Teenagers and Work


The Rights of Children When Parents Divorce

Criminal System Punishments for Teenagers



Outside Tools

  • The website of Equitas – the International Centre for Human Rights Education - has teaching guides on the rights of children and human rights generally.
  • Unicef has teaching resources about the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Outside Resources


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