Why do teens commonly engage in stupid and extremely dangerous activities? Despite the fact this question has plagued many teachers and parents for much of recorded history, psychologists have their theories. With this day long lesson, students will explore their own mindset, analyzing how the imaginary audience and personal fable lead to seemingly crazy deeds and stupid actions by their peers around the country.
Throughout the lesson students will:
1) Respond to a "Bell Ringer" in which students consider the most bizarre thing they have witnessed another teen do.
2) Partake in an online scavenger hunt in which students not only learn about the psychological concepts of the personal fable and imaginary audience, but they also think and apply these concepts to common teen activities like the cinnamon challenge, sexting, car surfing, and more.
3) End with an exit ticket that asks students to describe both the personal fable and imaginary audience.