# Measuring Human Rights: High School Mathematics Unit

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## Description

- Overview:
- In this unit, students will read and interpret primary sources to address the question “How do we measure the attainment of human rights?” By exploring the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the UN’s Guide to Indicators of Human Rights, and data about development indicators from multiple databases, students will unpack the complexities of using indicators to measure human rights.

- Subject:
- Mathematics
- Level:
- High School
- Grades:
- Grade 9, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12
- Material Type:
- Assessment, Lesson Plan
- Author:
- Tamar Posner
- Date Added:
- 01/28/2016

- License:
- Creative Commons Attribution 4.0
- Language:
- English
- Media Format:
- Graphics/Photos, Text/HTML

# Comments

## Standards

Cluster: Mathematical practices

Standard: Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning. Mathematically proficient students notice if calculations are repeated, and look both for general methods and for shortcuts. Upper elementary students might notice when dividing 25 by 11 that they are repeating the same calculations over and over again, and conclude they have a repeating decimal. By paying attention to the calculation of slope as they repeatedly check whether points are on the line through (1, 2) with slope 3, middle school students might abstract the equation (y – 2)/(x –1) = 3. Noticing the regularity in the way terms cancel when expanding (x – 1)(x + 1), (x – 1)(x^2 + x + 1), and (x – 1)(x^3 + x^2 + x + 1) might lead them to the general formula for the sum of a geometric series. As they work to solve a problem, mathematically proficient students maintain oversight of the process, while attending to the details. They continually evaluate the reasonableness of their intermediate results.

Degree of Alignment: 3 Superior (1 user)

Cluster: Mathematical practices

Standard: Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others. Mathematically proficient students understand and use stated assumptions, definitions, and previously established results in constructing arguments. They make conjectures and build a logical progression of statements to explore the truth of their conjectures. They are able to analyze situations by breaking them into cases, and can recognize and use counterexamples. They justify their conclusions, communicate them to others, and respond to the arguments of others. They reason inductively about data, making plausible arguments that take into account the context from which the data arose. Mathematically proficient students are also able to compare the effectiveness of two plausible arguments, distinguish correct logic or reasoning from that which is flawed, and—if there is a flaw in an argument—explain what it is. Elementary students can construct arguments using concrete referents such as objects, drawings, diagrams, and actions. Such arguments can make sense and be correct, even though they are not generalized or made formal until later grades. Later, students learn to determine domains to which an argument applies. Students at all grades can listen or read the arguments of others, decide whether they make sense, and ask useful questions to clarify or improve the arguments.

Degree of Alignment: 3 Superior (1 user)

Cluster: Mathematical practices

Standard: Reason abstractly and quantitatively. Mathematically proficient students make sense of the quantities and their relationships in problem situations. Students bring two complementary abilities to bear on problems involving quantitative relationships: the ability to decontextualize—to abstract a given situation and represent it symbolically and manipulate the representing symbols as if they have a life of their own, without necessarily attending to their referents—and the ability to contextualize, to pause as needed during the manipulation process in order to probe into the referents for the symbols involved. Quantitative reasoning entails habits of creating a coherent representation of the problem at hand; considering the units involved; attending to the meaning of quantities, not just how to compute them; and knowing and flexibly using different properties of operations and objects.

Degree of Alignment: 3 Superior (1 user)

Cluster: Mathematical practices

Standard: Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them. Mathematically proficient students start by explaining to themselves the meaning of a problem and looking for entry points to its solution. They analyze givens, constraints, relationships, and goals. They make conjectures about the form and meaning of the solution and plan a solution pathway rather than simply jumping into a solution attempt. They consider analogous problems, and try special cases and simpler forms of the original problem in order to gain insight into its solution. They monitor and evaluate their progress and change course if necessary. Older students might, depending on the context of the problem, transform algebraic expressions or change the viewing window on their graphing calculator to get the information they need. Mathematically proficient students can explain correspondences between equations, verbal descriptions, tables, and graphs or draw diagrams of important features and relationships, graph data, and search for regularity or trends. Younger students might rely on using concrete objects or pictures to help conceptualize and solve a problem. Mathematically proficient students check their answers to problems using a different method, and they continually ask themselves, “Does this make sense?” They can understand the approaches of others to solving complex problems and identify correspondences between different approaches.

Degree of Alignment: 3 Superior (1 user)

Cluster: Mathematical practices

Standard: Look for and make use of structure. Mathematically proficient students look closely to discern a pattern or structure. Young students, for example, might notice that three and seven more is the same amount as seven and three more, or they may sort a collection of shapes according to how many sides the shapes have. Later, students will see 7 × 8 equals the well remembered 7 × 5 + 7 × 3, in preparation for learning about the distributive property. In the expression x^2 + 9x + 14, older students can see the 14 as 2 × 7 and the 9 as 2 + 7. They recognize the significance of an existing line in a geometric figure and can use the strategy of drawing an auxiliary line for solving problems. They also can step back for an overview and shift perspective. They can see complicated things, such as some algebraic expressions, as single objects or as being composed of several objects. For example, they can see 5 – 3(x – y)^2 as 5 minus a positive number times a square and use that to realize that its value cannot be more than 5 for any real numbers x and y.

Degree of Alignment: 3 Superior (1 user)

Cluster: Mathematical practices

Standard: Use appropriate tools strategically. Mathematically proficient students consider the available tools when solving a mathematical problem. These tools might include pencil and paper, concrete models, a ruler, a protractor, a calculator, a spreadsheet, a computer algebra system, a statistical package, or dynamic geometry software. Proficient students are sufficiently familiar with tools appropriate for their grade or course to make sound decisions about when each of these tools might be helpful, recognizing both the insight to be gained and their limitations. For example, mathematically proficient high school students analyze graphs of functions and solutions generated using a graphing calculator. They detect possible errors by strategically using estimation and other mathematical knowledge. When making mathematical models, they know that technology can enable them to visualize the results of varying assumptions, explore consequences, and compare predictions with data. Mathematically proficient students at various grade levels are able to identify relevant external mathematical resources, such as digital content located on a website, and use them to pose or solve problems. They are able to use technological tools to explore and deepen their understanding of concepts.

Degree of Alignment: 3 Superior (1 user)

Cluster: Mathematical practices

Standard: Model with mathematics. Mathematically proficient students can apply the mathematics they know to solve problems arising in everyday life, society, and the workplace. In early grades, this might be as simple as writing an addition equation to describe a situation. In middle grades, a student might apply proportional reasoning to plan a school event or analyze a problem in the community. By high school, a student might use geometry to solve a design problem or use a function to describe how one quantity of interest depends on another. Mathematically proficient students who can apply what they know are comfortable making assumptions and approximations to simplify a complicated situation, realizing that these may need revision later. They are able to identify important quantities in a practical situation and map their relationships using such tools as diagrams, two-way tables, graphs, flowcharts and formulas. They can analyze those relationships mathematically to draw conclusions. They routinely interpret their mathematical results in the context of the situation and reflect on whether the results make sense, possibly improving the model if it has not served its purpose.

Degree of Alignment: 3 Superior (1 user)

# Common Core State Standards Math

Grades 9-12,Statistics and Probability: Interpreting Categorical and Quantitative DataCluster: Summarize, represent, and interpret data on two categorical and quantitative variables

Standard: Represent data on two quantitative variables on a scatter plot, and describe how the variables are related.*

Degree of Alignment: 3 Superior (1 user)

# Common Core State Standards English Language Arts

Grades 11-12,Reading for Informational TextCluster: Integration of Knowledge and Ideas.

Standard: Integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information presented in different media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively) as well as in words in order to address a question or solve a problem.

Degree of Alignment: 3 Superior (1 user)

# Common Core State Standards Math

Grades 9-12,Statistics and Probability: Interpreting Categorical and Quantitative DataCluster: Summarize, represent, and interpret data on a single count or measurement variable

Standard: Use statistics appropriate to the shape of the data distribution to compare center (median, mean) and spread (interquartile range, standard deviation) of two or more different data sets.*

Degree of Alignment: 3 Superior (1 user)

# Common Core State Standards Math

Grades 9-12,Statistics and Probability: Interpreting Categorical and Quantitative DataCluster: Summarize, represent, and interpret data on a single count or measurement variable

Standard: Use the mean and standard deviation of a data set to fit it to a normal distribution and to estimate population percentages. Recognize that there are data sets for which such a procedure is not appropriate. Use calculators, spreadsheets, and tables to estimate areas under the normal curve.*

Degree of Alignment: 3 Superior (1 user)

# Common Core State Standards Math

Grades 9-12,Statistics and Probability: Interpreting Categorical and Quantitative DataCluster: Summarize, represent, and interpret data on two categorical and quantitative variables

Standard: Summarize categorical data for two categories in two-way frequency tables. Interpret relative frequencies in the context of the data (including joint, marginal, and conditional relative frequencies). Recognize possible associations and trends in the data.*

Degree of Alignment: 3 Superior (1 user)

# Common Core State Standards English Language Arts

Grades 11-12,Reading for Informational TextCluster: Key Ideas and Details.

Standard: Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text, including determining where the text leaves matters uncertain.

Degree of Alignment: 3 Superior (1 user)

# Common Core State Standards Math

Grades 9-12,Statistics and Probability: Interpreting Categorical and Quantitative DataCluster: Summarize, represent, and interpret data on a single count or measurement variable

Standard: Represent data with plots on the real number line (dot plots, histograms, and box plots).*

Degree of Alignment: 2.5 Superior (2 users)

## Evaluations

# Achieve OER

Average Score (3 Points Possible)Degree of Alignment | 2.9 (2 users) |

Quality of Explanation of the Subject Matter | 3 (2 users) |

Utility of Materials Designed to Support Teaching | 2.5 (2 users) |

Quality of Assessments | 2.5 (2 users) |

Quality of Technological Interactivity | 2.5 (2 users) |

Quality of Instructional and Practice Exercises | 2.5 (2 users) |

Opportunities for Deeper Learning | 3 (2 users) |

# Tags (11)

- Human Rights
- Informational Texts
- Primary Sources
- Primary Source Exemplar
- Odell Reviewed
- Descriptive Statistics
- Data Analysis
- Health Informatics
- Global Citizenship
- STEM Literacy Lessons
- Math Literacy Lessons

on Jul 23, 07:29pm Evaluation

## CCSS.Math.Content.HSS-ID.A.1: Superior (3)

Much information was provided regarding the standards that were addressed. The standards met were all inscribed.

on Jul 23, 07:29pm Evaluation

## Quality of Assessments: Strong (2)

It would be interesting to see a before and after type of assessment added. For example, what the students know about Human Rights initially, who they think it involves, etc.

on Jul 23, 07:29pm Evaluation

## Quality of Technological Interactivity: Strong (2)

Many only computers are used, but it would not be difficult to use a presentation app or other tech-y tool.