Module 2: Previewing the firearms trafficking video


Subject Firearms trafficking and integrity education
Grade level Secondary ages (13-18)
Learning outcomes Students should be able to:
  1. Recall prior knowledge about firearms trafficking
  2. Identify misconceptions about firearms trafficking
  3. Record what they have learned about firearms trafficking
  4. Ask questions about other aspects of firearms trafficking  
Essential question What do you already know about firearms trafficking?
Rationale The Know-Want-Learned-Question (KWLQ) activity helps students recall prior learning and organize their ideas before, during and after viewing the video.
Instructional time 30 minutes
Materials needed Paper, writing tools

Teacher information

Previewing activities are conducted prior to watching the video. Previewing is not watching a trailer or excerpts of the video. Previewing helps to activate students' prior knowledge. One way to preview is to help students discover what they already know or think that they know about firearms trafficking. Identifying misconceptions is critical before introducing a new topic.

Use the KWLQ activity before viewing the video. This activity can be carried out with students in groups or individually using a chalkboard, paper or a computer.

The purpose of the activity is to identify what the students know (K) about firearms trafficking, what they would like to learn about firearms trafficking (W) and what they learned (L) from the firearms trafficking video. Finally, students can identify what further questions (Q) they have about firearms trafficking. This part of the activity offers the opportunity to explore issues about firearms trafficking that are not covered in the video.


Lesson plan procedures

1. Divide the students into groups of 3-5, depending on the size of your class. Place students with special needs in groups where dedicated staff can help support their participation.  

2. Ask the students to write down everything they know (K) about firearms trafficking(e.g., how firearms trafficking affects primarily poor countries, etc.). Please do not provide the definition of the term yet. Emphasize that this is a brainstorming activity.

3. Ask the students to identify what (W) they would like to learn about firearms trafficking (e.g., how to stop firearms trafficking, what is firearms trafficking, etc.).

4. Invite the groups to share their (K) and (W) results.

5. Invite the groups to present their work to the class. Ask students to compare and contrast what the different groups have reported.

6.  Ask the students if they noticed any patterns?

Closure: The (Q) offers opportunities to explore issues about firearms trafficking and associated firearms violence that are not covered in the video.


Key messages

Close by reiterating the three messages about firearms and firearms trafficking that teachers are urged to frame their lessons around and share with their students:

  • Resorting to the use of firearms is not an acceptable way to resolve conflicts.
  • The death, injury and heartache caused by gun violence are devastating. The threat and reality of gun violence can seriously affect entire communities.
  • Firearms are not intrinsically illegal; they become illegal when diverted into the illegal market or when misused for the commission of crimes.


Next: Module 3 - Viewing the firearms trafficking video with a purpose
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