Drugs: Grades 9-12

What do drugs do to the body and to the mind? What are the dangers of using drugs? How can teens respond to the pressure to use drugs? After reading a series of articles related to drug use and abuse, class members prepare a skit to present to the class that captures what they have learned.

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CCSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Divide the class into seven groups, assign a different article to each group, and have them use the article as a basis for a research project that results in a presentation of their findings
Classroom Considerations
  • Lesson is designed for high school students, but is applicable to middle schoolers as well
Pros
  • The peer pressure article provides specific strategies for resisting peer pressure
  • Each of the articles provides links to resources that provide more detailed information
  • Designed for the National Health Standards
  • The four-page packet includes a teacher's guide, links to the related articles, discussion questions, lesson plans, worksheets, and activities
Cons
  • None
Common Core