A comprehensive lesson for honors or AP psychology students, Health, or Science classes. This lesson incorporates detailed instructions about the project and chart-type rubric for each of the components. This project integrates students' knowledge about the stages of consciousness, types of drugs, symptoms of users, and possible treatment options.
Specifically, the project was designed for groups 1-3 members, with each group choosing a different drug, from the teacher-provided list (ex: methamphetamines, caffeine, LSD, heroin, inhalents, etc.). This list of 14 drugs is included with the project details. Their is a disclaimer, which explains illegal drugs are not be brought on school gounds. Each groups' project will take 30-40 minutes to present.
Their is a summary of the project, listing due dates and requirements for the project. Each of these 6 categories (Schedule of presentation, copies, technology, presentation, works cited page, and reflection) page list specific expectations of students, written in an easy-to-follow format. Examples of acceptable reputable websites is also included.
The 3 page rubric lists each of the 6 categories, some with more detail. Each area being evaluated is broken down into 3 point categories--awesome, good, and needs improvement, with detailed explanations.
I have used this as a major project for my honors psychology students as a way for students to use their own creativity, higher levels of Bloom's Taxonomy (synthesis, analysis, evaluation) and various cognitive domains. I have my honors students do presentations often, so this is a culmination of those assignments. Students enjoy learning from each other about the dangers of drugs. Most students have said after doing intense research on their drug, they were less likely do try the drug. Additionally, it helps that the teacher/ yet another adult is not "lecturing" them about the consequences of drugs.
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