Module 2: Previewing the organized crime video


Subject Organized crime and integrity education
Grade level Secondary (13-18)
Learning outcomes Students should be able to:
  • Recall prior knowledge about organized crime
  • Identify misconceptions about organized crime
  • Record what they have learned aboutorganized crime
  • Ask questions about other aspects of organized crime
Essential question What do you already know about organized crime?
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 they know about organized crime. 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, a chalkboard, on paper, or computers. The purpose is to identify what they know (K) about organized crime and what they would like to learn about the organized crime (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 organized crime and identifying what further questions (Q) they have about organized crime. This (Q) part of the activity offers opportunities to explore issues about organized crime 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 organized crime. 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 organized crime (e.g., how to stop organized crime in my neighbourhood, 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 have noticed any patterns.

  7. Closure: The (Q) offers opportunities to explore issues about organized crime that are not covered in the video.


Key messages

Close by reiterating the key messages about organized crime that teachers are urged to frame their lessons around and share with students:

  • The illegal activities of organized criminal groups have serious negative consequences for individuals and society. They affect people's safety and health, weaken economies and reduce trust in public institutions
  • Demand for the illegal services and products offered by organized criminal groups can be reduced through our daily decisions as consumers
  • Organized criminal groups also operate online


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