What Should You Expect From This Lesson?

Lesson Objectives: To introduce the idea of rights as being influenced by membership in groups, classroom and school and to distinguish such rights (membership rights) from moral rights.

How To Carry Out This Lesson At Home:

Step 1:
Think: Are there different groups in the school? Which are they? (school, class, reading club, sports club, etc.) Make a list of these clubs.

Step 2: Does being a student in this school automatically grant you membership in all the groups? As a student in the school you do have a right to join the groups. However, you might not have the right to join all of them. For example, the athletics club might accept only those students who are promising athletes and who are willing to compete. The Art club might only accept students who are interested in art. So if you do not like art or athletics, while you have a right to join, these groups might not accept you because of the conditions of membership.
From the list you created, choose a group in which you would like to be a member. Now write a list of the rights you might have as member of this group.
Here is an example for you: Member of the Athletics team have the right to:
• attend athletics sessions during break.
• put on the athletics team gear.
• participate in atheltics competitions organised by the school, or in which the school participates.
• be excused from lessons when you have to participate in competitions.

Step 3:
Think: What are your rights as a member of the school community? Write these down. (There is an anwer sheet for you to refer to once you are ready.)

Concluding activity
Some of the rights you wrote in Step 3 are membership rights, i.e. rights which you have because you attend a particular school. Others are moral rights, i.e. rights which everyone, irrespective of membership, ethnicity, gender etc. has. Can you distinguish which are the moral rights? (See Lesson 3 if you wish to revise what moral rights are).