Holocaust Museum Houston

Lesson Plan: Why Should I Care?

Friday, Apr. 3, 2020 – Friday, May. 1, 2020

Thinking about your Universe of Obligation

Students will reflect on the concepts of individual and social responsibility, explore the impact of altruism on a societal level, and develop research-based projects focused on advocacy work in their community and throughout the world.

Stephen Colbert was conducting an interview with New York Times journalist Nicholas Kristof in 2007 when he asked the following – Why should we be concerned about issues happening in other countries? How does someone in another country affect me – in America, in my personal life – in any way? Kristof explained that we now live in global community and what happens in one area of the world impacts people in many other areas. Colbert mentioned that he had just read a story of a cat whose head was caught in a boot and quipped that this was something he could care about more than some issues far way.

In his comedic way, Colbert touched on a major issue in human rights work. How do those concerned about human rights get others concerned and willing to do something for others who are perhaps far away or in very different circumstances than themselves? In the words of Kristof, how do we “prick the conscience” of students so they take an interest in and become concerned for others?

US History – 11(B); 15(A, B); 23(A, C); 24(A); 26(C)
World History – 1(F); 21(A); 22(C, D); 30(C)
Middle School – Grade 6 – 13 (A, B, C)

2-3 class periods



Journal Handout and “Think, Pair, Share” Activity [PDF]

Save the Darfur Puppy and Graphic Organizer [PDF]

Universe of Obligation Handout [PDF]

Political Cartoon Analysis [PDF]


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