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TOO GOOD FOR DRUGS & VIOLENCE 8th Grade
Transcript of TOO GOOD FOR DRUGS & VIOLENCE 8th Grade
GROUND RULES FOR
TOO GOOD FOR DRUGS & VIOLENCE PROGRAM
1. LISTEN RESPECTFULLY & DO NOT INTERRUPT.
2. SPEAK CLEARLY SO EVERYONE CAN HEAR.
3. ALL COMMENTS NEED TO BE RELATED TO TOPIC DISCUSSED.
4. VOICE YOUR OPINIONS - THEY ARE IMPORTANT!
5. I ENCOURAGE EVERYONE TO PARTICIPATE.
6. WE WILL BE DOING ROLE-PLAY, WHICH WILL BE A FUN WAY TO PRACTICE SKILLS YOU MAY NEED SOME DAY SO:
A. MAKE IT SHORT, TO THE POINT, CLEAN - NO PROFANITY & NO PHYSICAL CONTACT.
DRAW A PICTURE OF YOU ACHIEVING YOUR GOAL
CONSEQUENCES TO UNDERAGE DRINKING
Alcohol is the number one abused drug in this country. Many people think of underage drinking as a so-called harmless activity or even a "rite of passage". We often forget the consequences and harsh realities associated with underage drinking.
What are some of the consequences of drinking alcohol?
MY OWN JOURNEY PAGE
THE GRADUATE WORKSHEET
STEPS TO REACH YOUR GOALS
1. NAME YOUR GOAL
2. PICTURE YOURSELF ACHIEVING YOUR GOAL
3. SAY TO YOURSELF "I CAN".
4. TAKE THE STEPS NECESSARY TO REACH YOUR GOAL
5. GO FOR IT
6. TELL YOURSELF YOU DID A GOOD JOB
ATHLETIC/PHYSICAL: Get at least 30 minutes of exercise in each day.
ATTITUDE: I will be nice & outgoing to people I am around.
CAREER: Be a health & physical education teacher
EDUCATIONAL : Keep focused on my school - it's my ticket to independence
HEALTH/NUTRITION: Add more fruits and vegetables to my diet. Say no to junk food during the week.
TALENT: Learn to play the guitar during the summer.
B+ - It's an attitude, not a grade
Trust, honesty, respectful, integrity, humor, supportive, educated
SO LET'S BEGIN...
I ONCE LET SOMEONE SPEAK TO ME WITH DISRESPECT IN FRONT OF OTHER PEOPLE. I WAS EMBARRASSED FOR NOT SPEAKING UP FOR MYSELF AND LETTING THEM GET AWAY WITH THAT. I WOULD NEVER ALLOW THAT TO HAPPEN AGAIN. IF THAT WERE TO HAPPEN, I WOULD KINDLY SAY, THERE IS NO NEED TO SPEAK TO ME THAT WAY, AND IF YOU NEED TO SPEAK TO ME IN THAT TONE, I WOULD APPRECIATE YOU NOT IN FRONT OF OTHERS. THEN I WOULD WALK AWAY.
ONE GOOD DECISION THAT I HAVE MADE IS TO LEARN HOW TO USE THE COMPUTER BETTER. I AM LEARNING HOW TO DO THIS BY STAYING AFTER SCHOOL EVERY TUESDAY WHERE MR. AQUAVIVA TEACHES ANY TEACHER HOW TO USE THE CLOUD, IMPORTING YOUTUBES IN OUR LESSONS ETC... NOW THAT I AM DOING THIS, I'M GETTING MUCH MORE CONFIDENT IN MY COMPUTER SKILLS.
YOUR BRAIN ON ALCOHOL
TEEN BRAINS ON ALCOHOL
WHAT COMES TO MIND :
NEW YEARS EVE
SUPER BOWL SUNDAY
ST. PATRICK'S DAY
YOU AND YOUR TUNES
IN GROUPS, SPEND 5 MIN. LISTING SONGS THAT MENTION ALCOHOL:
RULE: NO INAPPROPRIATE LANGUAGE ON LIST
ADVERTISEMENTS - PAGE 4
ARE THESE ADS REALLY TELLING US THE DANGERS OF DRINKING?
LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT SOME OF THE FACTS THE ALCOHOL INDUSTRY DOES NOT WANT YOU TO KNOW.
DVD - SEGMENT 2
SIMPLE STEPS FOR SIMPLIFYING YOUR LIFE
CROSSWORD PUZZLE - WORKING IN A GROUP:
1. SOLVE THE CROSSWORD PUZZLES
2. PUT WORDS YOU USED TO SOLVE PUZZLE IN THE RIGHT ORDER TO FORM THE FIVE STEPS OF DECISION-MAKING MODEL.
3. 1st. TEAM TO GET ALL 5 WINS
OFTEN WHEN WE NEED TO MAKE A DECISION WE MAY REACT QUICKLY AND NOT THINK ABOUT ALL THE POSSIBILITIES. SOMETIMES, THIS IS BECAUSE WE ARE ON THE SPOT AND MAY NOT HAVE TIME TO LIST ALL THE POSSIBLE CONSEQUENCES IN ADVANCE. OTHER TIMES IT IS BECAUSE WE REACT QUICKLY WITHOUT STOPPING TO THINK FIRST
STOP, THINK, AND PLAN A GOOD DECSION SCENARIOS:
You're at a party. The person who is supposed to take you home has been drinking. He says he isn't drunk. He says, "I can drive just fine, no problem." He looks okay, and he isn't slurring or staggering or anything, but you saw him drink at least 3 beers in the last hour. What do you do?
You meet someone in an online chat room. After talking online for several weeks the person says he/she wants to meet you face to face. What do you do?
Several of your friends are helping you update your homepage on the computer. They suggest that you take some inappropriate photos at the party you are about to go to, and then post them online. What do you do?
A friend that you've known all through middle school has started hanging around with a group of known drug users. You notice he has been skipping class & his behavior has changed. He told you he has been using "weed" to get high several times a week. What do you do?
CONSIDER THE CONSEQUENCES
ANTONIO'S STORY - Pg. 5
List possible consequences for:
His little brother
SONDRA'S STORY - Pg. 6
List possible consequences for:
The new girl
As you listened to the song, what did you hear?
Did you understand the song? If you understood it, what was the song about?
Often we hear the words but don't understand what is being said. Today, we are going to talk about communication. Listening is just one part of communication. Listening is more than just hearing words; it also involves understanding. Just like our song activity, we often hear the words but miss the meaning that is being communicated.
Listening for understanding can be very difficult, because when someone is speaking, we sometimes get bored. Think about this, we can only speak 100-175 words per minute, but our brains can actually listen to and process 600-800 words per minute. That is why we get bored. It's difficult to stay focused on what someone is saying.
Let's try an activity: Everyone please turn to page 7 in your workbook:
Our volunteer is going to describe a shape to you using ONLY words. Your job is to draw the shape on your paper exactly as it is described to you.
Was this difficult for you?
What would have helped you draw the shape?
What would have made this activity easier?
Active listening skills are important and enable you to understand what the speaker is really saying.
When do you think using active listening skills would be beneficial to you?
Do you ever feel like you and your parents just don't understand each other?
Do you ever have misunderstanding with your teachers, friends, or boyfriends/girlfriends?
What could be some of the positive outcomes of using active listening skills in the situations?
ACTIVE LISTENING SKILLS
If we don't resolve these misunderstandings, they can lead to conflicts. So when we listen to someone, does it mean we have to agree with him or her? Of course not! If you listen to someone, even if you disagree, there is a better chance they will listen to you and understand how you feel. So active listening can even help resolve and eliminate some conflicts.
Now let's see if you can use some of these active listening skills to draw a shape correctly
LET'S TRY AGAIN WITH ANOTHER VOLUNTEER
Our volunteer is going to describe another shape to you. See if using some of the active listening skills can help you draw the shape correctly this time. REMEMBER: active listening skills include clarifying questions, focusing on what the speaker is saying, and observing his/her body language.
Listening is just one part of communication.
What are some other ways we communicate?
1. Spoken Words
2. Body Language
5. Text messages
6. Computer sites
7. Sign language
Body language is one of the most important ways we communicate. So let's take a loo at some examples of body language.
I want to hire some people for summer jobs: doing office work, answering phones and filing.
Body language is very important. Some people believe that 55% or more of our communication is done with body language alone
This is really important when you think about how you want others to perceive you. Whether you are interviewing for a job, interviewing for college, or just trying to get your point across to a parent, a teacher, or a friend, your body communicates more than half of what you are saying.
So let's talk about communicating with technology.
Which is easier, communicating with someone electronically by text or email, or by talking to someone face to face? Why?
Which forms of communication lead to misunderstanding most often?
It may seem easier in some ways to send a message with technology, but eventually we are going to have to communicate face-to-face. If we don't know how to do that, we will probably have difficulties in our relationships
WHAT'S YOUR STYLE - PGS. 8 & 9
Congratulations Hamilton Graduates Class of 2019
Please come forward for you High School Diploma as I call your name.
Our society tends to glamorize alcohol use and underestimate its consequences. Let's do a word association activity to demonstrate this...
You can see how many different celebrations are associated with alcohol. These occasions are supposed to be based on getting together with family & friends, yet society leads us to believe they should include drinking. In our society we are often taught that in order to celebrate we need to have alcohol.
We are not born to associate those activities with alcohol. When you were younger, what did you do to celebrate special occasions?
Did you have fun?
Why do you think so many teenagers believe they need alcohol in order to celebrate & have a good time?
Where do you think they get these ideas from?
We have covered a variety of topics on communication; including active listening, appropriate body language, and assertive communication. Using these skills can help you communicate effectively when faced with a difficult situation or when you are just dealing with your parents, teachers, or friends. The more you use and practice these skills, the more success you will have communicating with others.
What do you think of when you hear the word "CONFLICT"?
A fight, war argument, disagreement, difference of opinion
What do you think of when you hear the word "VIOLENCE"?
A fight, bloodshed, war
A conflict is a problem with at least two sides. A conflict is a difference of opinion, a misunderstanding. You have been dealing with conflicts every day, all of your life. Because people are different, we have different opinions, different backgrounds, different likes and dislikes. We are going to disagree, so conflicts are a normal part of life. Conflicts happen all the time, but they do not have to be violent.
Violence is intentional harm done to another person or people. It can be verbal or physical. When conflicts become violent, people get hurt. That doesn't have to happen. Most conflicts start small. If we use conflict resolution skills to manage our conflicts, they usually stay small, and we can resolve them peacefully.
When a conflict begins, a rush of adrenaline prepares our bodies for fight or flight. If the conflict gets stronger, the feelings that go with it get stronger. One thing leads to another, and we say that the conflict is "escalating". A conflict can escalate very quickly.
How is an intensifying conflict like an escalator?
Once you get on an escalator it keeps going up. You can go down while you are on an escalator that is going up, but it takes a lot of effort. A conflict is the same way. Once it starts escalating, it seems to take on a life of its own, and violence may result. It is easier and safer to de-escalate the conflict right from the beginning. The further up the escalator goes, the harder it is to de-escalate and the more likely it is to become violent.
Along the way there are some factors that can increase the likelihood that the conflict will intensify. What are some of these things that can fuel a conflict?
The other person doesn't know or care about you.
The other person is a known trouble maker or bully.
One or more people are drinking or using drugs.
A crowd of people is encouraging a fight.
Weapons such as guns, or knives, are available.
There are no responsible adults to supervise.
These conditions are called
. Risk factors increase the risk of the conflict getting out of hand and becoming violent. When these conditions exist, the risk of violence is much more likely. These risk factors
are warning signs or red flags that thre could be serious trouble
The Party's Over -
We are going to watch part of a documentary produced by Dateline that shows an example of an escalating conflict. As you watch the video, I want you to look at the progression of the conflict, from what started the conflict to the steps that caused it to escalate.
In this video the conflict started small and ended in violence. Let's talk about why that happened, and what could have prevented it from happening.
COMMENT ABOUT A FLOWER POT
PUSHING & SHOVING
FIGHTING WITH CROWD
USING A WEAPON
As you can see, this conflict began with a comment and quickly escalated to violence. We listed risk factors earlier that can fuel a conflict, and cause it to escalate more quickly. Were any of these risk factors present?
Did anyone try to stop the conflict between the two girls?
When someone tries to stop a conflict from escalating or tries to keep it from getting worse, we say they are trying to "de-escalate" the conflict. This is what Deanna tried to do when she said, "Stop, please listen", but she was not successful. WHY? The same risk factors that intensify a conflict also make it much more difficult to de-escalate.
These teens were aware of many of these risk factors before and son after arriving at the party. Which risk factor was unknown to Deanna and her friends?
That Katrina had a knife
All of these are warning signs that there could be trouble; however, these teens did not stop, think, & plan a good decision. If they had, they may have decided not to go to the party or to leave. The conflict would never have happened & we would not be hearing their story.
None of these teens attending this party probably ever imagined that someone would die as a result of the night's events. Even more tragically, not one, but two teens lost their lives as a result of the conflict. Katria was so upset from the evening events that she took over 40 anti-anxiety pills prior to her and her sister being arrested. Then while in police custody she died of a drug overdose.
Unfortunately with so many risk factors present, this conflict was likely to intensify and do so quickly. If we pay attention to the risk factors, we can make good decisions that can help us avoid these situations that can so easily turn tragic. However, most conflicts, if dealt with early, can be de-escalated. What are some things you can do to de-escalate a conflict? Instead of competing against each other, you must work together to work things out.
I'm going to divide you into groups and give each group a rebus puzzle to solve. The answer to your rebus is a tip for de-escalating and resolving conflicts. You will work in groups to solve the rebus puzzle. Write the answer to your rebus on the first line in your notebook on page 12. Then once you have the solution, switch with another group and continue until you have all the answers to all the rebus puzzles.
Now let's quickly go over the de-escalating tips. As we review the tips, be sure to write all of them down in your notebook if you missed any.
CALL THE OTHER PSON BY NAME
. Instead of calling the other person names, call him/her by name. Using someone's name shows that you respect them.
USE A CALM VOICE
. Instead of yelling or screaming, use a calm voice. When you use a calm voice other people usually lower their voices too.
RELAX YOUR BODY
. As soon as you clench your fists it shows the other person you wnat to fight. When you relax your body you do not relay the same message.
USE WORDS LIKE "LET'S", "WE", AND "OUR"
. Instead of demanding your won way, talk about the conflict, not as a contest with a winner and a loser, but as a shared problem hat can be worked out together.
ASK TO HEAR THE OTHER POINT OF VIEW
. Instead of refusing to listen, ask to hear the other person's point of view. Offer to listen to the other person first, before explaining your own point of view.
ATTACK THE PROBLEM, NOT THE PERSON
. Instead of blaming the other person for the problem, identify the problem without blaming the other person. Often, once you separate the problem from the person, you both realize that the problem can be solved.
. Instead of telling the other person what to do, ask him/her to help you come up with a solution.
TREAT THE OTHER PERSON THE WAY YOU WANT TO BE TREATED
. Instead of putting the other person down, show respect by treating the other person the way you want to be treated.
can often turn a conflict that might escalate into violence into a solvable problem with non-violent solutions.
These tips can and do help in resolving conflicts. However there may be times when the best way, or the only way to help in a conflict situation is to leave the situation or talk to a police officer, teacher, or responsible adult. Leaving the situation or involving a responsible person may mean the difference between life and death.
Think back to Deanna's situation. If she and her friends had left the party, the story would probably have a different ending.
, this is why it is important to
STOP AND THINK
about situations and not just react on emotions.
I'd like to introduce you to Jordan. Jordan has a variety of outfits and appearances. Who would like to come up here and change Jordan?
What's going on with Jordan? Who is deciding how Jordan should look?
How many of you would let your friends decide what clothes you wear, what groups you hand out with, or what music you play?
People who allow their friends to influence them to act like someone else are giving up their individuality. They are relinquishing everything that makes them who they are.
Why do you think some kids like Jordan are so easily influenced? What is the difference between someone like Jordan & someone who stands up for him/herself?
What do you think about Jordan's level of self-esteem?
Self-esteem affects you susceptibility to peer pressure and your choices regarding alcohol and other drugs. Teens who have a healthy sense of self are less likely to give in to negative influences in order to feel accepted.
TEENS WITH A HEALTHY SENSE OF SELF ARE ALSO MORE LIKELY TO RESPECT OTHERS AS WELL AS THEMSELVES
We notice the way people dress, their hair styles, their skin color, the jewelry they wear, the group they hang out with, and we size them up. We make a decision about what a person is like and whether this is a person we want for a friend, or someone to fear or avoid.
There is a name for making assumptions about people before we get to know them. Do you know what that is called?
PREJUDGING AND/OR PREJUDICE
Most of the time, when we prejudge people, we do it on the basis of a stereotype. What is a stereotype?
A stereotype is an unjustified belief that all members of a group are the same. If someone believes that all teenagers are troublemakers, that person is likely to prejudge others because of those stereotypes. Can you think of any other common stereotypes?
TYPES OF PREJUDICE & DISCRIMINATION
When we form an unfair opinion or have an unjustified attitude about a person we call that:
When we DO something unfair because of our prejudice, we call that:
Discrimination is prejudice in action. Individual acts of discrimination can range all the way from avoiding people to verbal abuse to hate crimes
THERE ARE MANY DIFFERENT TYPES OF PREJUDICE & DISCRIMINATION
- based on how young or old a person is
- based on a person's looks, abilities, or disabilities
- based on family background
- based on a person's beliefs about a higher power
- based on race, skin color, country of birth, or language
- based on whether a person is male or female
- based on membership in any group other than the ones listed above.
WHAT CAN YOU DO? Turn to pg. 13
Let's say you are sanding with some friends, and one of them makes a negative comment about the way another student is dressed. What could you say or do? On page 13 of your notebook, I want you to write some possible responses you could really use in this type of situation.
One of the worst things you can do is laugh or encourage the situation. You can help by being aware of the situation, making an assertive comment, & talking openly about the issues. You have to be aware of situation involving prejudice & discrimination so you can react in positive, helpful ways.
Often when people discuss prejudice & discrimination, they focus on the negative, but there are a lot of examples where people are looking beyond their differences and working together. Can you think of any examples where people are working together to achieve a common goal?
When we keep ourselves separated in our own groups, we fail to learn about others. Prejudice & discrimination are often cause by
SCAVENGER HUNT - pg. 14
Get into 3 - 4 groups, answer ALL questions & come up with a name or a motto that describes everyone in your group. t must be something that represents the group as a whole. BE CREATIVE!!!!
How many of you learned something new about someone in your group?
When we learn about individuals, we are less likely to prejudge or discriminate.
By getting to know others, you are breaking down the walls of prejudice and discrimination. When you play on sports teams, work together on group assignments, join clubs, and work together at school, you are making a difference and overcoming the barriers of prejudice and discrimination
THE DATING GAME
Today we are going to perform our own version of The Dating Game. I will be the Game Show host, and I will need a volunteers. -
Keep in mind that everyone is acting, following a script, & not portraying their own thoughts or opinions
Although this skit was designed to be fun & entertaining, it did bring up some serious issues about relationships. Let's talk about Bachelor #3, Ben. He was a partier & talked about how his girl needed to use drugs with him. In situations like this & in many other types of relationships, alcohol & other drugs can play a very big role. I want you to watch a short public service announcement, & then we wil talk about how substances affect the way we relate to other people.
TOO GOOD FOR DRUGS & VIOLENCE DVD SEGMENT 4 -
SEX HAS CONSEQUENCES
WHAT EFFECT DID DRINKING HAVE ON THIS GIRL'S LIFE?
SHE GOT PREGNANT
HOW DID ALCOHOL AFFECT HER DECISION -MAKING?
When someone drinks, the first part of the brain to be affected is the frontal lobe, the area that controls decision-making & judgment. When drinking, people do & say things that they would not normally do, like take part in high-risk sexual activity.
That's what happened to the girl in the video clip. Besides the girl herself, who else must deal with the consequences of her decisions?
How would the baby be affected if the girl continued drinking while she was pregnant?
The baby may have fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS)
Some of the symptoms of FAS include retardation, abnormal facial features, heart defects, and learning & behavioral problems
At the time, this girl probably didn't even think for a moment that her decision to drink would change her life so drastically, and affect the lives & the relationships she had with so many other people.
Many people in situations like this use alcohol as an excuse. Alcohol use is not an excuse for anyone's behavior. Some people are in jail, pregnant, or injured because of decision they made while under the influence of alcohol. Regardless of why they made the poor decisions, they still have to deal with the consequences. In the video clip, this girl made the choice to drink. Sometimes people have to pay the consequences of alcohol or drug use even though they didn't make an active choice to use. Do you remember that Bachelor #3, Ben, mentioned that if his girl did not cooperate with him, he would slip her some G and then he could have his way with her? Does anyone know what he was talking about?
G is a nickname for GHB or gamma-hydroxybutyrate.
It is also called a date rape drug because it is sometimes used in sexual assaults. GHB is a central nervous system depressant, so users become drowsy, feel confused, an lack coordination. Individuals who are given GHB may be physically helpless, unable to refuse sex, and unable to remember what happened. Although GHB is known as a date rape drug, some people choose to use the drug voluntarily. The reality is that GHB is highly addictive & dangerous drug that can have devastating effects even in small doses. GHB is also one of the #1 causes of drug-related comas
The effects usually last for 4 - 6 hrs. When GHB, usually a liquid, is added to a flavored drink, it will not change the color, smell, or taste. Why could this be a problem? Where can this happen? How can people protect themselves from this type of situation?
Ben brought up several issues in his comments in The Dating Game. Now let's talk about Bachelor #2, Henry. He wanted to control who Julie talked to, what she did, and where she went. What might happen in a relationship between Julie and Henry?
THE RELATIONSHIP CHECKLIST
In reality you don't choose your dates through TV game shows. You don't have a chance to interview them in advance. You may learn some things about them later, when it may be, or seem to be, too late. This sometimes happens because people are trying to impress you, or you are trying to impress them, so you are both pretending to be someone different from your true selves.
You may not be able to interview someone before you go out with him/her, but you can look for some signs that predict the kind of relationships a person will have.
Please turn in your notebook to pg. 15. Before you look at this checklist, think about a relationship you are in right now. It could be either a friendship or a dating relationship. Now read the checklist ad put a check after all the statements that describe your relationship. The number of checks isn't what's important. What matters is the quality of the relationship you are describing.
HEALTHY VS UNHEALTHY
You have just finished thinking about one of your own relationships. Now we are going to talk about some other relationship. We are going to read a few different scenarios, and I want you to come up with some suggestions on what the individual could do in that situation.
In scenario #1 what did Teresa's boyfriend do when she told him she was not sure about the future of the relationship?
He threatened her. Would threats be a sign of a healthy or an unhealthy relationship?
Scenario #2, What would be the best way for Jonathan to get his point across to Peter?
Is having open and honest communication a characteristic of a healthy or unhealthy relationship?
Scenario #3: Why is Amanda constantly checking up on Marcus?
SHE DOESN'T TRUST HIM
Trust is very important in a relationship. Is trust a sign of a healthy or unhealthy relationship?
Scenario #4: What is going on between Jeanie & Andre?
He is getting too serious too fast.
Jeanie has shared her future plans with Andre, but he seems to disregard them. What does that show us about how he feels about her goals?
He doesn't respect them.
Someone who tries to get too serious too fast or tries to get someone to do something they are not ready for is not respecting the other person's boundaries.
When you respect someone, you don't push them to do things they aren't comfortable doing. Is respect a characteristic of a healthy or unhealthy relationship?
Scenario 5: What is Tami's boyfriend doing by telling her who she can and cannot hang out with?
He is controlling her. Where does control fit on the board?
Scenario 6: Claudia's friend Lana was constantly putting her down. Why?
She was trying to look cool in front of others, she wanted to make Claudia to feel small, she didn't feel good about herself so it made her feel better to put Claudia down.
When someone puts down someone else, is that relationship healthy or unhealthy?
Scenario #7: Roderick's girlfriend is trying to keep him from spending time with his friends and family. Why?
She wants him all to herself, she is insecure, she is afraid they will say things about her. Does anyone know a word that means trying to keep someone from being with people who are important to them?
Where does isolate fit, healthy or unhealthy?
Scenario #8: Since Jasmine really enjoys singing, as a friend, what should Maria do?
She should support and encourage her. Good friends encourage you to do the things you enjoy and support your interests. Would support be a characteristic of a healthy or unhealthy relationship?
Let's put the puzzle pieces together.
When the puzzles are put together we get a one way sign and a two way sign. Healthy relationships are about two people. Both of their needs and wants are important and fulfilled.
Friendships and other relationships are one of the most important parts of life. What kind of relationships do you want? It's your choice. On your myownjourney page, write 4 characteristics of your ideal relationship.
We all have relationships with other people; they are an important part of who we are. It is important to choose relationships that are about 2 people & that bring out the best in both individuals.
PAST TOBACCO ADS
Let's look at some past tobacco ads and the promotion techniques they used. What health claims do these ads make?
In the 1940's, there were many different brands to choose from, and people wanted to know which brands were the best. All of these claims continued until the early 1950's when the American Medical Assoc. published its first study linking smoking to lung cancer.
Today these statements & claims seem funny & ridiculous because of what we know. What facts do we know about tobacco products that disprove these statements?
Can you think of any other drug that makes claims about its possible health benefits?
There are many individuals & organizations that claim there are health benefits to smoking marijuana, just like those tobacco health claims we discussed. What are some of the health claims some people make about marijuana?
There is a lot of debate over using marijuana as a medicine. However, the American Medical Assoc., the American Cancer Society, the Multiple Sclerosis Society, & the National Glaucoma Society, whose missions are to help find cures& treatments for these diseases, do not approve of using marijuana as a medicine.
Sometimes these debates occur because people look at things from different perspectives.
How many of you have been to Six Flags, Disney, or Busch Gardens? How would you describe it?
How do you think the maintenance staff, who cleans the park after closing time, would describe it?
Park visitors & maintenance staff describe the same park very differently because their points of view are different. Ideas about marijuana are a lot like this. Some people, because of their environments, their friends, neighborhoods, and musical preferences, think that very few teenagers use marijuana. Other people, because of those same factors, might think that everyone uses marijuana. The reality is that in 2007, only 24.6% of 10th graders across the country used marijuana in the past year. Your perception might be different, but the reality is that most teenagers don't use marijuana.
Marijuana has an affect on many everyday activities. We are going to rank the effects of marijuana use on people in a variety of occupations.
We are going to have you line up from left to right in order of the impact marijuana use would have on certain occupations.
What is going on?
Is this easy to do?
Why are you having such a hard time reaching a consensus?
Let's talk about how the job performance of a person in each of these occupations & how marijuana would impair these skills.
Some of you may know other students who smoke marijuana. You may think it is not affecting them. You may not be able to see the effects yet. So far their schoolwork, their social lives, and/or their athletic ability may not show the effects. Just because we can't see something, doesn't mean it isn't happening. We know the earth rotating, but we can't feel it, and we certainly can't see it.
Marijuana use is illegal in most states. Using, holding, buying, growing, or selling marijuana can cause people to be convicted of a crime.
Remember the tobacco ads we saw earlier? Because of those ads, many people believed that smoking cigarettes was safe. That was a big mistake, and as a result of that misconception, many people have tobacco related illnesses today. Some people also believe that smoking marijuana isn't harmful, but that is another big misconception. Marijuana use can keep people from excelling at sports, earning a college scholarship, or getting a job. It can cause them to wreck cars, neglect important responsibilities, and disappoint their friends and families.
At the beginning of this course, we discussed one tof the most important events in a teenager's life, high school graduation. Graduating is a major accomplishment & something to be proud of. Unfortunately, some young people choose to use drugs & alcohol in order to celebrate. As we discuss some of the drugs used by teenagers, we are going to listen to a CD.
The event on this CD takes place on the night the seniors had been waiting for all year - their graduation night. There were parties taking place all over town. There was one huge party with no adults, lots of students, & plenty of drugs.
Around 11:15 PM police & paramedics responded to a frantic 911 call. According to the call several students had passed out at this party. As the paramedics arrived, they spotted the 2 unconscious students, & immediately started CPR in an effort to save their lives.
As our CD begins, you will hear some witness statements. As the witnesses describe the party, pay attention to the drugs they name & the symptoms of abuse they describe.