Responsible Decision Making-Iminds Grade 11/12

Does War Cause Addiction – For many people, it makes sense that a surge of drug addiction follows the return of soldiers whoⅱve been physically and mentally traumatized by war, but … This iMinds lesson idea explores the arguments and considers other possible causes.  A teacher’s guide and a student handout are available.

Examining Gambling – this iMinds lesson idea deconstructs a number of commercial marketing pieces related to gambling as well as a social marketing site to engage students in thinking critically about social messages and concepts and their influence on individual and community well-being. A set of teaching slides with images and dialogue questions is provided.

Friendly Fire – this iMinds lesson idea uses a series of excerpts from the book War and Drugs to examine the role drugs played in the 2002 friendly fire incident in which four Canadian soldiers were killed by American bombers in Afghanistan. A teacher’s guide and a student handout are available.

Gambling and Addiction in Nineteen Eighty-Four – This iMinds instructional outline engages students in a critical examination of the social and economic structures of our own time and explore how they influence peopleⅱs excessive pursuits of happiness or oblivion.

Lahal Game (coming soon) -This traditional Indigenous gambling game is used in this iMinds lesson outline to explore attitudes and ideas related to gambling. Using reflection, video and inquiry the lesson explores ethical and cultural issues related to gambling.

The Lottery – Shirley Jackson’s famous 1948 short story can provide an opportunity for meaningful exploration of issues related to gambling even though, as Homer Simpson discovered to his chagrin, it is not about gambling or lotteries in our sense. This iMinds lesson provides teachers with ideas for facilitating learning opportunities.

Material Wealth and Gambling – This iMinds instructional outline aims to encourage students to critically think about issues such as wealth inequality and our relationship to material goods, and social values and how these may impact gambling behaviour.

Opioid Use: Deconstructing Media Messages – this iMinds instructional outline explores the topic of opioid use and the media. Students compare and contrast two media reports about overdose deaths in two BC communities and then, working with a small group of peers, try to write a fictional report. In the process they reflect on how language shapes our thinking.

Rum and Spirits – this iMinds lesson idea explores the intersection of rum, religion and cultural identity in the Afro-Caribbean experience drawing on history and music. A teacher’s guide and student handout are available.

Smoking the Pipe-Peace or War – this iMinds lesson idea looks at how ceremonial smoking pipes and tobacco were used by many First Nations peoples in North America in relation to both building alliances for war and in making peace. Students reflect on peace-making processes and the role of symbolic objects and actions. A teacher’s guide and a student handout as well as a History of Treaty-Making in Canada are available.

The Whisky Rebellion – this iMinds lesson idea, in looking at the opposition to the imposition of a tax on whisky to help finance the debt incurred during the American War of Independence, explores issues of fairness, alcohol taxation and the financing of war. A teacher’s guide and a student handout are available.

Women and Alcohol – this iMinds lesson idea deconstructs a CBC documentary and other marketing pieces to explore social concepts and health issues related to women and alcohol. A teacher’s guide with links to other resources is available.

Youth Voices on Marijuana – this iMinds instructional outline provides a variety of strategies for engaging students in meaningful conversations about cannabis. The lesson draws on the Blunt Talk report published by the McCreary Society and, in particular, quotes from students taking the Adolescent Health Survey.

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