Responsible Decision Making -iminds Grade 8

A Downside to the Printing Press? – this iMinds lesson idea encourages students to reflect on how technological inventions such as the printing press might be both a blessing and a curse. A teacher’s guide and a student handout are available.

The Gin Craze – this iMinds lesson idea encourage students to critically examine the complex of factors that led to a new pattern of drinking, associated with gin, in 18th-century London. A teacher’s guide and a student handout are available.

The Giver – this iMinds instructional idea uses the popular dystopian novel by Lois Lowry to explore ideas about pain and joy and invites students to think about ways we can manage pain and joy for the benefit of both the individual and community. Useful in addressing current fentanyl crisis.

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.

King James Trash Talks and Taxes Tobacco – this iMinds lesson idea looks at how King James I tried hard to reduce tobacco usage, not only by writing A Counterblaste to Tobacco but also by introducing a massive tax increase in 1604. Students are encouraged to reflect on the various ways to influence drug use and prmote health. A teacher’s guide is provided along with three student handouts: King James Trash Talks …Anti-Smoking: Then and Now and A Cash Crop for Virginia.

Leaves of the Land: A Quick History of Coca – this iMinds lesson idea explores how drugs and drug use can be linked to social and cultural status and identity. Students are encouraged to reflect on the role of alcohol and other drugs in their community and culture. A teacher’s guide and a student handout are available.

Leaving it up to Chance – This iMinds instructional outline aims to engage students in a dialogue about chance-based games and encourage them to think critically about gambling.

The Lightning Thief – an iMinds teacher’s resource for engaging students in thinking about gambling based on the fantasy novel by Rick Riordan.

Médias et culture adolescente – un module de 6 leçons iMinds dans lequel les élèves deviennent des spécialistes du comportement qui étudient les médias et leur influence sur le comportement des adolescents. Le module comprend le matériel de base, des plans dⅱapprentissage, et des documents à reproduire.

A Natural High – this iMinds lesson idea explores the high that can sometimes accompany jogging and has led to the creation of the term, runner’s high. A teacher’s resource provides discussion starters and suggestions for linking to a unit exploring students’ feelings while engaging in physical activities.

The Outsiders – an iMinds teacher’s resource for using S. E. Hinton’s novel, The Outsiders, to address drug literacy.

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.

A Social History of Coffee – this iMinds lesson idea examines the history of attitudes toward coffee to explore how attitudes to drugs are culturally determined and to reflect on the significance of this. A teacher’s guide and a student handout are available.

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.

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