Gun Control Lesson Plan

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

What is gun control and why is it an important issue in modern America? This lesson plan uses an engaging text lesson to explain key facts about gun control. An analysis activity empowers students to think critically about the issue.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • summarize the concept of gun control
  • outline key events and laws that contribute to gun control
  • list the pros and cons of gun control


1 to 1.5 hours

Curriculum Standards


Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary that makes clear the relationships among the key details and ideas.


Evaluate various explanations for actions or events and determine which explanation best accords with textual evidence, acknowledging where the text leaves matters uncertain.


Integrate information from diverse sources, both primary and secondary, into a coherent understanding of an idea or event, noting discrepancies among sources.



  • Write 'Gun Control' on the board.
    • What does this phrase mean?
    • Is gun ownership a right?
    • Why might gun control be proposed?
  • Handout the copies of the text lesson now.
  • Tell the class to read the introduction and the 'What is Gun Control?' section.
    • What is meant in the text lesson when it states that gun ownership rights are not 'absolute'?
  • Have the class read the 'Laws', 'History of Gun Control Laws', 'Stand Your Ground Laws', and 'Nonprofit Groups' sections of the text lesson now.
    • What events might have caused these laws to be placed in action?
    • Who is responsible for the creation of these laws?
    • Who are these laws designed for?
    • What might be some pros and cons of gun control?
  • Have the class read the rest of the text lesson now.
    • Review the pros and cons of gun control listed in the text lesson and compare them to those presented by the students before continuing.
  • Pass out the worksheet and ask students to work independently to complete it.
  • Review the worksheet with the class, allowing students to correct mistakes.

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