Using Fiction to Teach Human Rights

Using Fiction to Teach Human Rights
KS1: ages 5-7KS2: ages 7-11KS3: ages 11-14KS4: ages 14-16PDF

Amnesty International UK has developed a set of very useful teaching notes on using fiction to teach about human rights. Here’s what they say:

“Fiction has real power to further human rights education. Explore the values at the heart of human rights with your class through our recommended fiction teacher notes for primary and secondary schools.”

They suggest you first read their introduction for teachers and then download separate teacher’s notes for a human rights perspective on each text, including class discussion questions and activities. Some of the titles covered are listed below. They also welcome suggestions for other books and feedback as to how your students respond.


  • Oliver by Birgitta Sif
  • I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen
  • Imagine by John Lennon, Illustrated by Jean Jullien
  • A Birthday For Ben by Kate Gaynor
  • How To Heal A Broken Wing by Bob Graham

Upper Primary/ Lower Secondary

  • The Journey by Francesca Sanna
  • Two Weeks With The Queen by Morris Gleitzman
  • The Weight of Water by Sarah Crossan
  • The Promise by Nicola Davies, Illustrated by Laura Carlin
  • Kick by Mick Johnson
  • In The Sea There Are Crocodiles by Fabio Geda
  • The Kites Are Flying by Michael Morpurgo
  • The Unforgotten Coat by Frank Cottrell Boyce


  • The Bone Sparrow by Zana Fraillon
  • Noughts and Crosses Series by Malorie Blackman
  • Chalkline by Jane Mitchell
  • Dark Parties by Sara Grant
  • Daughter Of The Wind by Suzanne Fisher Staples
  • Dreamland by Lily Hyde
  • Ketchup Clouds by Annabel Pitcher
  • Red Leaves by Sita Brahmachari
  • Refugee Boy by Benjamin Zephaniah
  • Revolution Is Not A Dinner Party by Ying Chang Compestine
  • Secrets In The Fire by Henning Mankell
  • Shadow by Michael Murpurgo
  • Voices Of Silence by Bel Mooney
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee


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