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Module 2: Previewing the video on terrorism and violent extremism

 

Subject Terrorism and violent extremism
Grade level Secondary (13-18)
Learning outcomes Students will be able to:
  1. Recall prior knowledge about terrorism and violent extremism
  2. Identify misconceptions about terrorism and violent extremism
  3. Record what they have learned about terrorism and violent extremism
  4. Ask questions about other aspects of terrorism and violent extremism
Essential question What do you already know about terrorism and violent extremism?
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 terrorism and violent extremism. 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 terrorism and violent extremism, what they would like to learn about terrorism and violent extremism (W) and what they learned (L) from the video on terrorism and violent extremism. Finally, students can identify what further questions (Q) they have about terrorism and violent extremism. This part of the activity offers the opportunity to explore questions that students have about issues relating to terrorism and violent extremism 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 terrorism and violent extremism. 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 terrorism and violent extremism.

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

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

  6. Ask the students if they noticed any patterns.

  7. Closure: The (Q) offers an opportunity to explore questions that the students have about issues relating to terrorism and violent extremism that are not covered in the video.

 

Key messages

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

  • The use of violence against people to achieve a political goal is not legitimate
  • Respect for differences in opinion is a core component of a healthy, thriving community
  • Violent extremism is often driven by feelings of isolation and exclusion, and by fear and ignorance. Responses to violent extremism must be implemented in a way that is respectful of human rights and the rule of law. If they are not, feelings of exclusion is exacerbated

 

Next: Module 3 - Viewing the video with a purpose
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