Module 2: Previewing the human trafficking video


Subject Human trafficking
Grade level Secondary (13-18)
Learning outcomes Students should be able to:
  1. Recall prior knowledge about human trafficking
  2. Identify misconceptions about human trafficking
  3. Record what they have learned about human trafficking
  4. Ask questions about other aspects of human trafficking  
Essential question What do you already know about human 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 student's prior knowledge. One way to preview is to help students discover what they already know or think they know about human trafficking. Identifying misconceptions is critical before introducing a new topic.

Using the KWLQ activity is a good way of achieving this goal. You should conduct the KW parts of the activity before viewing the video. These activities can be carried out with students in groups or individually using large paper, chalkboard, on paper, or the computer. The purpose is to identify what they know (K) about human trafficking and what they would like to learn about human trafficking(W).

After the students have viewed the video, you can conduct the LQ parts of the activity: finding out what they have learned (L) about human trafficking and identifying what further questions (Q) they have about human trafficking. This (Q) part of the activity offers opportunities to explore issues about human 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 human trafficking(e.g., how human traffickingaffects 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 human trafficking (e.g., how to stop trafficking in persons, etc.).

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

5. Invite the groups to share their work with the class. Ask the 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 trafficking in persons, such as trafficking in persons for organ removal, that are not covered in the video.


Key messages

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

  • Human trafficking may be closer to us than we think. For example, some of the goods that we consume may have been produced by victims of trafficking in persons
  • Smuggled migrants have human rights that must be respected, including the right to be treated with dignity and the right to personal safety
  • It is important to raise awareness about human trafficking and to address the root causes of the vulnerabilities that are linked to it, such as poverty, conflict, gender inequality, sexual and gender-based violence, and discrimination


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