This unit for Grade 7 Health Education is based on the Saskatchewan curriculum. It is not intended to be the ultimate in lesson planning for Health classes. Although it can be used as is, the intention is to help teachers to have a jumping off point from which they can extend the lesson plans presented to meet the needs of their students. Each lesson can be used on its own.
Demonstrate interpersonal skills, including assertiveness skills, to effectively and skillfully manage peer pressure (e.g., alcohol and drugs, exclusionary behaviours, family expectations, academic pressures, rules/laws).
Locate sources and evaluate information, according to specific criteria, about interpersonal skills.
Analyze peer norms and trends and reflect on the consequences of following and/or resisting them.
Compare the traits of a friend and those of a valued peer group member.
Examine how peer pressure may be positive or negative.
Examine similarities and differences in the peer pressures faced by different genders, socio-economic backgrounds, family structures, sexual orientations, ages, and cultures.
Express insights in response to the statement that resisting peer pressure takes personal commitment, skill, and practice.
Distinguish what is meant by “harassment” and demonstrate ways to respond to and/or prevent it.
Demonstrate the ability to stand up for others, practice inclusionary behaviours, and refrain from any form of ridicule.
Describe and practice a minimum of five strategies to resist peer pressure (e.g., demonstrate physical confidence, say no and leave, provide a reason or an excuse, offer an alternative, use humour).
Define the terms passive, assertive, and aggressive and describe related behaviours.
Analyze the traits of assertive people for the purpose of designing and delivering assertive messages.
Assess the importance of avoiding negative peer pressure/attachment for the sake of belonging.