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Lesson 9

Grades: 7 - 12
Time: 1 - 2 class periods

Learning Outcomes:

  • List and describe local agencies that can assist in a crisis
  • Develop a support system to help make better choices

Content/Methods:

  • Review refusal skills and discuss importance of a support system to assist students in making informed decisions.
  • Have students make a list of people and agencies who can help them in a crisis or who can help them "deal" with a situation - expand it as much as possible (i.e. friend, doctor, teacher, The United Way, SADD, MADD, health clinic, Teen hotlines...)
  • Start with a ball of yarn - wrap it around your finger as you mention someone from your list, then throw it to someone across the room.
  • They catch it - wrap it around their finger as they say someone from their list (NO REPEATS)
  • Keep a list of all the agencies mentioned on the board as they are brought up.
  • When everyone has gone - you point out the extensive list of agencies, clinics, friends, etc. that are available and explain support systems.
  • Have students look around the room and see how they are all tied together in a big web of yarn. Explain how everyone is in the same boat and we have a support system built right into our class.
  • Divide the class into small groups. Using local directories and newspapers, compile a list of local agencies, their services, and their phone numbers.

Materials:

  • ball of yarn
  • chalkboard and chalk
  • several local newspapers
  • several local directories

Evaluation:

The students complete lists of agencies and services.

Internet Resources:

Students Against Drunk Driving
www.saddonline.com

Mothers Against Drunk Driving
www.madd.org

National Youth Development Information Center
http://www.nydic.org/nydic/index.html