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This lesson is written as an interdisciplinary unit for both the Health and Language Arts classrooms. It can however, be taught in just one of the classes.
Main Curriculum Tie:
Background For Teachers:
In order to help students make better choices for themselves, it is important they become more aware of the influences on their decision making:
It is also important that students begin to realize when influences are internal or external.
Student Prior Knowledge:
Intended Learning Outcomes:
Influences on Decision Making
Optional note taking: Pass out a plain sheet of paper to each student. Instruct students to fold the paper into eight equal sections (a vertical fold followed by two horizontal folds). Use an overhead transparency to communicate the eight influences and their definitions as outlined in "Background for Teachers". Invite students to demonstrate their comprehension of the terms by listing examples of, and/or creating illustrations for, each influence in thier notes.
Text to Life Examples
Day 2 and Beyond: (Language Arts classroom)
As a class, read a novel or short story in which the characters make numerous decisions (this would include most novels/stories already used in Language Arts classrooms). Ask students to use the "Decision Making in Literature" reading log to keep track of the decisions made by the characters and to identify one or more influences for each decision. Instruct students to distinguish whether the influence comes from within the person (internal), or if the influence comes from outside sources (external).
Strategies For Diverse Learners:
Students act out their mini-story rather than writing it.
A variety of stories on differing reading levels can be utilized. The Decision Making Reading Log can also be used with books in the students' native languages or books on tape.
Students use the rubric to self-assess their ability to identify characters' decisions in literature as well as the influences on the decision making process.
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