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COURSE/SUBJECT TITLE: Eighth Grade Guidance

GRADE LEVEL: 8th

LENGTH OF TIME: 60 minutes every other day for one term

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Currently, the focus of Eighth Grade Guidance is the implementation of the LifeSkills Training Program developed by Gilbert J. Botvin, Ph.D. LifeSkills is a research- based substance abuse program intended to address the primary causes of substance abuse. The goal of the lessons is to teach students the necessary life skills that will support them in resisting substance use and abuse. The LifeSkills program for seventh grade is comprised of the following lessons:

Lesson 1: Drug Abuse and Violence

ESSENTIAL OUTCOME: To increase students' understanding of the causes and consequences of drug abuse.

ASCA NATIONAL STANDARD:

1. PS:C1.8 learn about the emotional and physical dangers of substance use and abuse.

MLR:

1. H:A3 analyze the effects that risky behaviors have on personal health

Lesson 2: Making Decisions

ESSENTIAL OUTCOME: To increase students' ability to make informed and responsible decisions.

ASCA NATIONAL STANDARD:

1. PS:B1.1 use a decision making and problem solving model

2. PS:B1.2 understand consequences of decision and choices

3. PS:B1.3 identify alternative solutions to a problem

4. PS:C1.7 apply effective problem solving and decision making skills to make safe and healthy choices

MLR:

1. CP:A2 use teamwork strategies and apply communication and negotiation skills to decision making

2. H:F1 demonstrate individual and collaborative decision-making processes

Lesson 3: Media Influences

ESSENTIAL OUTCOME:To increase students' awareness of the influence the media has in shaping attitudes and behavior.

ASCA NATIONAL STANDARD:

1. PS: Students will acquire the knowledge, attitudes, and interpersonal skills to help them understand and respect self and others.

MLR: NA

Lesson 4 : Coping with Anxiety

ESSENTIAL OUTCOME: To increase students' ability to cope with anxiety.

ASCA NATIONAL STANDARD:

1. PS:B1.4 develop effective coping skills for dealing with problems

2. PS:C1.10 learn techniques for managing stress and conflict

MLR: NA

Lesson 5: Coping with Anger

ESSENTIAL OUTCOME: To teach students reasons and techniques for controlling anger.

ASCA NATIONAL STANDARD:

1. PA:A1.8 understand the need for self-control and how to practice it

2. PS:B1.4 develop effective coping skills for dealing with problems

3. PS:C1.10 learn techniques for managing stress and conflict

MLR: NA

Lesson 6: Social Skills

ESSENTIAL OUTCOME: To improve students' general social skills.

ASCA NATIONAL STANDARD:

1. PS:A2.6 use effective communication skills

MLR:

1. H:E1 demonstrate healthy ways to listen and communicate with family, peers and others

Lesson 7: Assertiveness

ESSENTIAL OUTCOME: To increase students' general assertive skills.

ASCA NATIONAL STANDARD:

1. PS:A1.5 identify and express feelings

2. PS:A2.6 use effective communication skills

MLR:

1. H:E1 demonstrate healthy ways to listen and communicate with family, peers and others

Lesson 8: Resolving Conflicts

ESSENTIAL OUTCOME: To have students' review, acquire, and practice the skills needed to successfully resolve conflicts.

ASCA NATIONAL STANDARD:

1. C:C2.2 learn how to use conflict management skills with peers and adults

2. PS:B1.6 know how to apply conflict resolution skills

MLR:

1. H:E3 demonstrate conflict resolution strategies

Lesson 9: Resisting Peer Pressure

ESSENTIAL OUTCOME: To increase students' ability to resist peer pressure to smoke, drink, or use other drugs.

ASCA NATIONAL STANDARD:

1. PS:B1.8 know when peer pressure is influencing a decision

2. PS:C1.9 learn how to cope with peer pressure

MLR: NA

TEXTS AND OTHER RESOURCES:

LifeSkills Training: Promoting Health and Personal Development, Teacher's Manual

LifeSkills Training: Promoting Health and Personal Development, Student Guide

 
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