and Sex Trafficking Lesson Plan

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Subject Areas

English / Language Arts / Literature


50 – 60 minutes


Middle + High School Students


  • Learn about sex trafficking in the U.S. and in your city/state/region.
  • Learn terminology related to sex trafficking.
  • Practice critically analyzing literature and media on human trafficking.
  • Practice synthesizing research materials (news articles, national stats, etc.) into a brief, informative essay.


  • To continue exploring the social injustice of sex trafficking.
  • To facilitate discussion about sex trafficking.
  • To increase knowledge about this issue and the relevance to school-age students.
  • To inspire students to be active participants in community change.

Common Core Criteria

Anchor Standards for Reading
1. Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
Anchor Standards for Writing
2. Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.
6. Use technology, including the internet, to produce and publish writing and to interact and collaborate with others.
7. Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects based on focused questions, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.
9. Draw evidence from literary and/or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.