Alcohol or What? – this iMinds lesson idea draws on excerpts from an historical text to critically assess commonly held beliefs about the role alcohol has played in unravelling Aboriginal cultures since first contact with European explorers and settlers. A teacher’s guide and a student handout with excerpts from G. M. Sproat’s memoir and one comparing Sproat’s observations with those of Bruce Alexander are available.
An Alliance Betrayed – this iMinds lesson idea explores the role of Chief Crowfoot in leading the Blackfoot people and negotiating Treaty 7 with the Canadian government against the backdrop of the whisky trade and its destructive impact on his people. A teacher’s guide with links to other resources is available.
Cycles – this film-based resource, developed at UBC, encourages teens to talk openly and honestly about why some young people use cannabis (marijuana). Resources include a 28-min video in English and a version with French sub-titles as well as a facitator’s guide in both English and French.
Deal Maker or Deal Breaker – this iMinds lesson idea explores different historical perspectives on the role of alcohol in the North American fur trade. A teacher’s guide and a student handout are available.
Divergent – an iMinds teacher’s resource that offers suggestions for using Veronica Roth’s dystopian novel, Divergent, to address drug literacy.
From Probability to the Gambler’s Fallacy (Grade 9) – this iMinds math lesson takes the study of probability back to its original roots in the exploration of games of chance. The lesson cannot make someone a more successful gambler. But it can help students develop an understanding of probability and its usefulness and limitations relative to gambling. Lesson includes a teacher’s guide, a game sheet and a work sheet.
The Hunger Games (drugs) – this iMinds instructional outline exploits the numerous references to drugs in this popular novel to help students reflect on how we use different drugs in our communities. Different activities focus on opioids (like fentanyl), hallucinogens (like LSD) and alcohol.
The Hunger Games (gambling) – this popular book by Suzanne Collins provides young readers an opportunity to think about gambling and reflect on the emotional appeal and complex roles it plays in society. This iMinds lesson idea provides teachers with instuctional strategies to facilitate this exploration.
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.
Lunch with Lenin – a 6-lesson module from iMinds that explores how drugs touch the lives of children. Lessons are based on Deborah Ellis’ multi-cultural collection of short stories. Module includes background material, lesson plans, and black-line masters.
The Miseducation of Cameron Post – this iMinds teacher’s resource draws attention to and provides discussion questions related to several themes critical to the development of drug literacy in the coming-of-age teen novel by Emily M. Danforth.
Pain Medications: Benefits and Risks – this iMinds instructional outline invites students to think critically about how we perceive drugs in our culture and how that may impact the way we perceive the risks associated with different drugs. It begins with a consideration pain medication using an episode from Degrassi.
A Park or a Cage? – this iMinds lesson idea explores the Rat Park experiments conducted by Prof. Bruce Alexander at SFU in the 1970s to challenge common assumptions about addiction and to help students reflect on the social factors involved. A teacher’s resource and an optional student handout are available.
The Power of Music – this iMinds teacher’s resource suggests ways to engage students to consider the role that music has played – and continues to play – in the human experience – in society as a whole, as well as in their individual lives.
Rolling with Life’s Challenges – This iMinds instructional outline is meant to help students learn about and experience alternatives to the riskier ways of dealing with life’s challenges.
The Ups and Downs of Stress – this iMinds lesson idea suggests ways to help students both understand stress and develop skills in managing it. A teacher’s resource and an optional student handout are 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.