Human Dignity and Compassion Emphasized At Maplewood

Left to right: Grace Buckshaw, Vanessa Guillermo, Lorraine Jean Pierre, Adam Yosofi, and Matthew Jimenez Bonilla call attention to their graphic representations depicting what they learned about the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Left to right: Grace Buckshaw, Vanessa Guillermo, Lorraine Jean Pierre, Adam Yosofi, and Matthew Jimenez Bonilla call attention to their graphic representations depicting what they learned about the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Left to right: Both Adam Yosofi and Matthew Jimenez Bonilla focused on world peace.
Left to right: Both Adam Yosofi and Matthew Jimenez Bonilla focused on world peace.
Left to right: Isabella Parlante, Khdija Gondal, Benjamin Joseph, Ethan Anglade, and Jacob Veeder stand in front of their ‘Peace’ dove wishes. Some of the wishes included ‘having a great education’, ‘having standard living conditions’, and ‘achieving world peace’.
Left to right: Isabella Parlante, Khdija Gondal, Benjamin Joseph, Ethan Anglade, and Jacob Veeder stand in front of their ‘Peace’ dove wishes. Some of the wishes included ‘having a great education’, ‘having standard living conditions’, and ‘achieving world peace’.
Left to right: Vincent Santoiemma, Leo Musitano, Christopher Martino, and Caitlin McKenna stand in front of their helping hands wreath.
Left to right: Vincent Santoiemma, Leo Musitano, Christopher Martino, and Caitlin McKenna stand in front of their helping hands wreath.
One of the learning guidelines of Common Core called Triad Talk, puts students in groups of three that encourages peer collaboration, investigative discussion, and problem solving.
One of the learning guidelines of Common Core called Triad Talk, puts students in groups of three that encourages peer collaboration, investigative discussion, and problem solving.

On December 10 at Maplewood Intermediate School, fifth-grade classes celebrated Human Rights Day in various and creative ways. Students have been working on a learning module within the Common Core Curriculum that focuses on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). The students have also been reading the novel Esperanza Rising, by Pam Munoz Ryan, about a young girl's struggles when she and those around her face challenges to their rights. It was not easy text to read, and it was a "heavy" topic for some fifth graders, but it all comes down to the golden rule, usually defined as treating others as one would like to be treated. 

The UN General Assembly proclaimed December 10 as Human Rights Day in 1950, to bring to the attention of the peoples of the world the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as the common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations. 

Back at Maplewood, Ms. Ciccarelli’s class celebrated by creating a "helping hands" wreath. They created a quilt of important human rights words and illustrations, researched and identified videos about human rights, sang songs, and created "peace" doves for the bulletin board. 

Congratulations, Maplewood fifth graders, on your commitment to human dignity, equality, justice, and compassion.