Worksheet 3: Cloze Exercise and Spelling Activity

Place the words from the spelling list into the appropriate spaces in the passage below. Work in pairs to make your selections.

1
6
11
16
human
government
equal
free
2
7
12
17
people
right
essential
protect
3
8
13
18
life
peace
freedom
abuses
4
9
14
19
harassment
speak
Australia
disability
5
10
15
20
being
enslaved
fairness
believe

The nature of human rights
We all have ____________ (1) rights. Human rights are about ensuring that ____________ (2) are able to live the ___________ (3) that they choose, free from fear, ____________________ (4) or discrimination. A human right is an entitlement, something that is regarded as an essential part of being a human ___________ (5). It is not something that a ______________________ (6) or the law gives to us. It is something we simply have as a _____________ (7).

Human rights are about things like the right to live in ______________ (8) and security, the right to ________________ (9) our minds, or the right not to be owned or ____________________ (10) by another. They are based on the belief that all people are _______________ (11) in value and in dignity. They are the ________________ (12) basic rights that safeguard human integrity, ________________ (13) and equality.

In _____________________ (14) we have a long tradition of ______________ (15) and equality. We are fortunate to have such things as elected governments, a _________ (16) press and an impartial court system to help _______________ (17) our rights. Most Australians also have the opportunity to live where and how they choose. Nonetheless, human rights ________________ (18) do occur in Australia. People are denied jobs because of their colour, sex or ______________ (19). People are denied access to land because of their race. And sometimes people are abused or harassed because of the way they speak or because of what they ______________ (20). We need to know what our human rights are and how to protect them.

Journal task
Find the word 'impartial' (third paragraph).
Explain the meaning of impartial, through the use of an example.

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