More than 10 million children and teens have tried alcohol at least once, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. While numerous sites offer warnings to teens and their parents, developing engaging lesson plans on underage drinking is a concern for educators. Use classroom activites to explore drunk driving, alcohol abuse, peer pressure and alcohol in advertising with students.
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RADD-HBO Documentary SMASHED: Toxic Tales of Teens and Alcohol
Incorporate this 2004 documentary produced by HBO Family and RADD (Recording Artists, Actors and Athletes Against Drunk Driving) into any hard-hitting alcoholism lesson. This live account of events at the University of Maryland's R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center was given to all SADD chapters after release. Obtain it free of charge from a local SADD chapter or from the U.S. government's Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration. Measure learning with the provided pretest, discussion guide and post-test accompanying this two hour lesson about drunk driving crash victims and their families. Please note this program is rated TV14 due to graphic and traumatic content.
Alcohol in Sports Advertising Lesson Plan
Design a unit around Canada-based Media Awareness Network's extensive resources for teaching students about alcohol marketing related to sports. From celebrity endorsements on television to alcohol sold at the Olympics, discuss issues surrounding alcohol companies and today's youth. Utilise the site's various case studies, presentation aids, writing assignments and quizzes to complete a well-rounded unit plan.
TheCoolSpot.gov: An Alcohol Awareness Site for Teenagers
Explore this middle school-oriented alcohol awareness site provided by the U.S. government. The Cool Spot teaches kids about peer pressure, relays easy to read statistics and portrays real life scenarios involving kids and alcohol. Use the available prompts to discuss underage drinking and other alcoholism issues. Lead students through activity pages that give necessary information without the feel of a public service announcement. Finally, assess student retention of the lesson by administering the provided quiz.
Alcohol Awareness Printables
Supplement any alcohol awareness lesson or unit with lesson plans and free printable activities from the U.S. government's Too Smart to Start website. Print a word search, fill in the blank, word scramble and true/false quiz to use with middle or high school students.
Science Netlinks Lesson: Alcohol's Effect on the Mind and Body
Research the short-term and long-term effects of alcohol in this lesson that debates various statements related to alcohol consumption. Have students read the article about the alcohol-related death of a young girl and lead a discussion using the provided questions. Direct pairs of students to research common facts and myths concerning alcohol and its effect on judgment and motor skills, then present their findings. The site also recommends additional topics for future lessons.
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