Key stage 3, lesson plan 3

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Objectives/desired outcomes for students

  • To know about the tactics abolitionists used to campaign against historical slavery
  • To consider who an effective campaign about contemporary slavery would need to influence and how
  • To develop a plan for a campaign against an aspect of contemporary slavery

Curriculum links

Citizenship 2.2a); 2.2b); 2.2 c); 2.3a); 2.3b). Find out more about how this links to the curriculum.

Resources needed

Key vocabulary

Campaign, protest, abolitionist, slogan, toolkit


Recap last session. Ask some pupils to state what they learned. Explain that the people who campaigned to end slavery in the 1800s and 1900s were called "abolitionists" and that today the students will become 21st century anti-slavery activists or campaigners.

Ask the students to discuss in groups

  • What is a campaign?
  • What does it mean to campaign?
  • What is the difference between a protest and a campaign?

Share the answers and emphasise that a protest is usually a one-off action but a campaign is a planned series of steps to try to achieve specific change.

Ask the students to share information about campaigns they have been aware of, for example, in the local area, or a campaign by the school council. Explain that today they will create a campaign.

Remind the students of the homework/research task and ask them to share what they have learned about abolitionists' campaigns against Transatlantic slavery. (If they have been unable to get this information give them some examples from the list in Combating slavery.)


Ask the students to discuss in groups

How would the abolitionists have campaigned if they had access to today's technology? What activities would they have done as part of their campaign? Share ideas from groups with the whole class.

Explain to the class that they are going to plan a campaign against contemporary slavery and that their campaign will focus on one of the case studies presented in the last lesson (they may decide to focus on the one they studied or on one presented by a different group).

Introduce the worksheet 3.3.1(pdf) - Campaign toolkit and its key questions. Each group uses the toolkit to plan its campaign. Each group presents its campaign plan, slogan and activities.


After all the groups have made their presentations ask them to reflect on what they liked about another group's campaign, what its strengths were and what they might take from it into their own campaigns.

Provide information on existing campaigns against slavery that they may wish to support. There are lots of examples in the campaigns section of this website.


What next?