Lesson Plans

Welcome to The NO Project free downloadable teaching material on human trafficking and modern slavery. The lesson plans address diverse aspects of the crime, and we approach each real-life narrative with respect and non-sensationalism. The lessons have been specifically designed for older teenagers, young adults and adults who have an advanced level of English as a second language, and there is no required sequence in that each lesson is ‘stand alone’ and independent. You can select which theme you want to focus on, and of course the material can easily be adapted for learners whose first language is English, too.

The Teacher’s Guide

The gentle, step-by-step Teacher’s Guide for each lesson will assist and inform you, so that you can move through the different stages of the lesson with knowledge, purpose, creativity and sensitivity – but please feel free to adapt the material to suit your needs. Teachers have already sent us wonderful ideas on how they implemented their own approach.

Slavery is one of the most intimate, cruel, exploitative violations of a human being. Please be aware of this as you select material most appropriate for your students. These lessons are written with respect: we dedicate this educational outreach to the millions of humans who have been enslaved, violated and exploited over the centuries. Time to act. Time to change.

We acknowledge and thank you for your courage, integrity and willingness to incorporate this content into your lessons. You are a credit to our profession and a gift to your students and the global community. Your simple choice to implement this material could impact a life.

Beyond the Class – Autonomous Learning Resources (approx 2 hours for each lesson)

Please take time to look through the section at the end of your Teacher’s Guide. Here you will find carefully selected, relevant resources, materials and suggestions for students who would like to learn more in their own time. This knowledge, as we have suggested, can provide the perfect basis for collaborative project-based actions or alternatively personal projects focusing on a specific aspect of modern slavery or trafficking.

So, download the material and enjoy teaching these lessons. Each lesson is creative, powerful, informative and includes innovative ideas for creating lasting personal impact beyond the classroom.

Below you will find 35-40 hours of educational material to choose from, and we will continue to upload teaching content. The next teaching unit currently in development focuses on slavery at sea in the fishing industry.

This is a project of collaboration, passion and love. Would you or your students like to contribute or participate in some way? Please let us know about the impact and outcome of these lessons. We would love to hear from you and your students, so contact us at info@thenoproject.org.

All teaching units were created by The NO Project through the support of The Rights Lab, Nottingham University, UK.

THE TRUTH BEHIND CLOSED DOORS
Theme: Domestic Servitude – the exploitation and abuse of domestic workers behind closed doors, in private homes
Time: Two 55-minute lessons, depending on the level of your students
Learners: Older teens, young adults and adults, B2+ (upper intermediate to advanced)
Materials: Rose’s personal narrative, student worksheet, autonomous learning resources, information about human trafficking and modern slavery, transcripts of audio recordings, slides, Teacher’s Guide
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EYES WIDE SHUT
Theme: Grooming of a child in the UK who was exploited for 7 years
Time: Two 55-minute lessons, depending on the level of your students
Learners: Older teens, young adults and adults, B1+ (upper intermediate to advanced)
Materials: Sarah’s story, information about the grooming process, student worksheet, autonomous learning resources, slides, audio recording, Teacher’s Guide
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MY FUTURE IS MY CHOICE
Theme: Forced marriage, child marriage and honour-based violence
Time: Two 55-minute lessons, depending on the level of your students
Learners: Older teens, young adults and adults, B1+ (upper intermediate to advanced)
Materials: Laila’s story, student worksheet, autonomous learning resources, audio recording and transcript, Shahina’s story: transcript of video narrative, information about human trafficking and modern slavery, slides, Teacher’s Guide
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SOMETHING DOESN’T FEEL RIGHT
Theme: Identifying signs of possible human trafficking: airports and flights
Time: Two 55-minute lessons, depending on the level of your students
Learners: Older teens, young adults and adults, B2+ (upper intermediate to advanced)
Materials: True narrative at airport, student worksheet, autonomous learning resources, transcripts of videos, slides, Teacher’s Guide
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COCOA TRUTH
Theme: The use of forced labour and trafficked children in the cocoa industry
Time: Two 55-minute lessons, depending on the level of your students
Learners: Older teens, young adults and adults, B1+ (upper intermediate to advanced)
Materials: Peter’s story, information about slavery in the cocoa industry, real-life interview with the Director of a shelter for trafficked children, student worksheet, autonomous learning resources, slides, Teacher’s Guide
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GOLD COSTS MORE THAN MONEY
Theme: The use of forced child and adult labour in gold mines
Time: Two 55-minute lessons, depending on the level of your students
Learners: Older teens, young adults and adults, B1+ (upper intermediate to advanced)
Materials: The young man on the train (narrative), student worksheet, autonomous learning resources, audio recording, transcript, information about human trafficking and modern slavery, slides, real-life interview with a businessowner, Teacher’s Guide
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CARPET OF DREAMS
Theme: The use of forced child labour in the handmade carpet industry
Time: Two 55-minute lessons, depending on the level of your students
Learners: Older teens, young adults and adults, B1+ (upper intermediate to advanced)
Materials: Ravi’s story (true narrative), student worksheet, autonomous learning resources, audio recording, transcripts, information about human trafficking and modern slavery, slides, Teacher’s Guide
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THE LETTER
Theme: Trafficking of children for forced illegal activity e.g. stealing
Time: Two 55-minute lessons, depending on the level of your students
Learners: Older teens, young adults and adults, B2+ (upper intermediate to advanced)
Materials: Nicu’s imaginary letter, Nicu’s true case study, information about human trafficking and modern-day slavery, student worksheet, slides, audio interview with the film director, resources for autonomous learning, Teacher’s Guide
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A THOUSAND WORDS
Theme: Murals and Street Art Against Human Trafficking & Modern Slavery
Time: Two 55-minute lessons, depending on the level of your students
Learners: Older teens, young adults and adults, B2+ (upper intermediate to advanced)
Materials: Reading text about four murals, reading text about trafficking and modern slavery, student worksheet, Action Plan for collaborative project, autonomous learning resources, transcript of audio recordings, slides, Teacher’s Guide
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