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Students examine the effects of mental illness on youth. In this mental health studies lesson, students research the connection between mental illness and everyday life. Students view a video documenting the lives of youth who suffer from various mental illnesses. Students work together to disuss the contents of the video.
Students in an alternative school setting for pregnant teens examine various facets of pregnancy including prenatal and postpartum testing, genetic influences, and additional risk factors. Through videos, hands-on activities, and small group discussions, they gain insights into the genetics of human development, birth defects, and other related topics. Activities include: constructing cell models and creating pregnancy timelines.
Students explore the concept of the economy and mental health. For this economy and mental health lesson, students read an article about how the mental health community is booming due to the poor economy. Students discuss ways to deal with mental health problems and what may be the cause. Students create a spending plan for their group that alleviates stress instead of causing it.
Designed by a mental health center, this presentation is meant to educate educators how to help teens face peer pressure. Tips are provided for identifying at-risk youth and bullying situations. This would be a poignant topic to include in a professional development session with your school faculty and staff.
Learners develop imagery in literary and art works. They discuss Jacob Lawrence's painting, the "Tombstones, 1942", which conveyed overcrowded tenements and families living in Harlem (New York, New York). They design picture stories comparing overcrowded tenements then and now.
Prepare your classes for the impending state testing! Give each student the reading passage and questions, and then set the timer. Encourage them to use specific reading strategies to improve comprehension. They could start by reading the questions before beginning to read the passage.