This lesson helps to encourage awareness of slavery, historical and modern day. 

hands holding raw cotton

Designed to raise awareness of the UN's World Day against Trafficking in Persons, this lesson begins by asking students to consider what they know about the issue, then takes them through a process of learning more before concluding by asking them about what they have learnt, and how their understanding might have changed. 

The lesson involves plenty of speaking, a vocabulary focus, which pre-teaches topic related vocabulary later found in the text, a jigsaw reading and a focus on passives. 

Learning outcomes

  • Discuss the issue of modern day slavery
  • Use vocabulary related to slavery. E.g. trade, product, campaign
  • Develop reading and speaking skills through a jigsaw reading activity, and other tasks
  • Review simple past and simple present passive forms.

Age and level:

Aged 13-17 and adults (CEF level B1)


60 minutes. This could be done over two lessons.


The lesson plan and student worksheets can be downloaded below in PDF format. There is also a presentation for a low print lesson. You can use the presentation with worksheet 3 and worksheet 4 - jigsaw reading.

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