Grade Level: Grades 9 – 12
Subject: Substance Use and Addiction
Time Required: 70 minutes
(with additional activities to follow)
- HPE – Healthy Living Strand, Living Skills
Many students don’t know of the dangers associated with driving under the influence of drugs. This may be a controversial activity!
Development: (10 minutes)
Action: (55 minutes)
- Students will respond to the journal entries in Appendix 3a – Journal Response. See Appendix 3b for corresponding rubric (15 minutes). Note: This activity can be used as an introduction to the I.D.E.A.L. decision-making model.
- Some responses can be shared once completed. (5 minutes)
- In a small group, students will brainstorm a scenario where they are faced with making a decision about driving while under the influence of drugs. Students will complete the I.D.E.A.L. decision-making worksheet (see Appendix 4b) (15 minutes). Note: Appendix 4a, teacher reference for I.D.E.A.L. decision-making model and Appendix 4c – I.D.E.A.L. Rubric.
- Students rehearse and act out their scenario. (20 minutes)
Minds On: (20 minutes)
- Students will rehearse their scenarios and then perform them for the class.
- Students can be encouraged to present their skits in front of the school at an assembly or for a class in a younger grade.
Action: (50 minutes)
- Students will complete Appendix 5a – designing a poster, T-shirt or a 1-page magazine ad that is based on research about the impact of driving while under the influence of drugs.
- Research and completion of the worksheet. (20 minutes)
- Design of a poster, ad or T-shirt. (30 minutes) Note: Appendix 5b for rubric.
Minds On: (5 minutes)
- Show another PSA (see Appendix 2b) and discuss the effectiveness of the message.
Action: (25 minutes)
- Allow students to spend more time designing their poster, ad or T-shirt.
Consolidation: (25 minutes)
- Gallery walk.
- Students display their work in order to receive feedback from their peers.
Writing utensils and paper for each student
Student phones, iPads, or video cameras
Permission forms and photo release
More information: Impaired Driving topic page
Oral: Use speaking skills and strategies appropriately to communicate with different audiences, particularly for peers.
Writing: Generate, gather and organize ideas and information to write for an intended purpose and audience.