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Lesson Plan using Thirteen Reasons Why

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Leigh Keleher

on 9 May 2015

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Lesson Plan using Thirteen Reasons Why By: Leigh Keleher
Framework for Teaching & Learning Unit Plan
Common Misconceptions about Suicide according to www.save.org
"People who talk about suicide won't really do it."

Not True. Almost everyone who commits or attempts suicide has given some clue or warning. Do not ignore suicide threats.
Fishbowl Activity for Thirteen Reasons Why
Description of Lesson: Fishbowl activities allow a student to practice a skill under peer review and audience. In the fishbowl activity, a group of students are chosen to discuss a given topic. The rest of the class watches, listens, or reads the transcript of the discussion. A secondary discussion occurs concerning the outcomes and process of the first.
Public Service Announcement
-A message to the public interest that is distributed by the media without charge.

-Creates awareness and could potentially change the public attitude.

-Most common: Health and safety.
Essay Question to Engage Students
Take three of the misconceptions on suicide, and argue how and why they are false.
• Keep it constructive. Any student comments need to be constructive from the gallery in order to make those in the fishbowl comfortable.
• Keep the topic interesting, to motivate some students to actively participate while being observed by others.
• Students in the fishbowl must have the opportunity to share what they know.
• Be careful of peripheral participation. Some students learn best in the observing role, but everyone must participate at some point in the actual fishbowl in order to demonstrate competence in action rather than just from an evaluative standpoint, although both are important.
• Expect some students to get frustrated by this activity. For example, an observer may have what s/he believes to be an excellent point that everyone in the bowl is missing. It can be difficult for some students to keep that idea to themselves until after the activity without getting frustrated.
• Allow the students to self-facilitate within the group or appoint a leader if the activity goals include being able to lead a discussion on the given topic.
• One advantage of the fishbowl for online education comes when synchronous sessions are used. By limiting the active participants to those in the fishbowl, the online synchronous discussion does not become difficult to manage.
Teaching Strategies for the Fishbowl activity
KWL Chart

Perspective Entry Letter
Perspective Entry Letter
Each student will write a letter either as a victim of suicide or a letter to the family or friend of the victim

The letter will include:

What led you to the suicide or what you would say to the family/friends to the victim.

What were both parties thinking (a summary of both sides thoughts during the incident).

As the onlooker you must tell include the information above with an explanation of how you would have helped or how you will stop it from happening again.
Formative: Perspective Entry Letter, Essay, Fishbowl, KWL chart

Summative: Public Service announcement
"Anyone who tries to kill him/herself must be crazy."

Not True. Most suicidal people are not psychotic or insane. They may be upset, grief-stricken, depressed or despairing. Extreme distress and emotional pain are always signs of mental illness but are not signs of psychosis.
Misconceptions (con't)
"People who commit suicide are people who were unwilling to seek help."

Not True. Studies of adult suicide victims have shown that more then half had sought medical help within six month before their deaths and a majority had seen a medical professional within 1 month of their death.
Misconceptions (con't)
"Talking about suicide may give someone the idea."

Not True. You don't give a suicidal person ideas by talking about suicide. The opposite is true -- bringing up the subject of suicide and discussing it openly is one of the most helpful things you can do.
Misconceptions (con't)
-At least one minute long.

-Include a minimum of ten pictures.

-Must include statistics of suicide (3).

-Practice story board template

-Music and visuals

-Created on either MovieMaker, iVideo,etc.

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