I think I want to focus on the idea of hope/despair and facing impossible situations. I'm not quite sure where I'm going with this.

Possibilities
What are human rights?
Connect with Declaration - what does "inalienable" really mean?
Why did Jefferson choose those three as The Rights?
Should he have excluded any of them? Why or why not?
Are there any he left out?
WTF is WRONG with people?! Why can't everybody just get along? (The expletives will not be used in class ;)
At what point do you need to butt into someone else's business and fix things?
How do you fix things rather than making them worse?

Short pieces:
  • "No News from Auschwitz," Elements of Literature, p 410
  • from Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech, Language of Literature, p 599