This module is for Grades: 9-10 Welcome

In the news, you have read about people in other countries who are given long prison sentences for speaking out against their governments. You may also have read about attacks on individuals who demand equal access to education for girls. As citizens of the United States, we take many of our everyday rights for granted. Freedom of religion, speech and the press are rights denied to more than half of the world’s population. We also have government protections from discrimination based on race, religion, gender or disability. In this module, we will examine primary and secondary sources to compare and contrast information about these rights of citizens.

Module Objectives

By the end of this module, you will be able to:

  • Find relationships among primary and secondary sources that identify where information from different sources converges and where it differs.
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Many of the rights guaranteed to citizens of the United States, including freedom of religion, speech and the press, are rights denied to more than half of the world’s population.

Focus Standard

RH.9-10.9 - Compare and contrast treatments of the same topic in several primary and secondary sources.


  • Analyze the kinds of information each type of source offers, and evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of each source.
  • Place each source in its historical context and analyze how that historical context affects point of view, bias or purpose for writing.
  • Draw conclusions, citing evidence from both primary and secondary sources.