Resisting Peer Pressure

Educational Objective: The student will maintain his values and obtain his goals despite any negative influences of his peers.
Language Arts Standard: Reading, Listening and Speaking

Materials Needed:
The Prop Box
Brainstorm Form
Appropriate Rubric: One for each student to complete during each role play. To download the student rubric, click here

The Lesson:

• Identify Need
• Introductory Activity
• Define Steps and Sequences of Skill
1. Evaluate the situation. Is this a good time and place for your interaction?
2. Look at the people in the group. Do their actions, appearance or clothing tell you about their values?
3. Remain calm, but serious.
4. Say “No thanks” to inappropriate activities.
5. Suggest another activity.
6. Remove yourself if pressure continues.
7. Re-evaluate your friendship if the activity is illegal or immoral

• Model the Skill
• Role Plays/Classroom Discussion
• Applications
• Independent Uses

Rubric for the Role Plays

Student (Speaker)____________________________ Student (Subject)____________________________

Date: _____________________
Observer's Name:___________________________________________

Social Skill: ___________________________________

Observations: No Yes
Did the speaker evaluate the situation?
Did the student look at the people in the group for clues about their values?    
Did the student remain calm, but serious when the group approached him?    
Did the student say “No thanks” to inappropriate activities.    
If appropriate, did the student suggest another activity or an alternative to the group ?    
Did the student remove himself if pressure continued?    
Did the student re-evaluate his friendship if the activity was illegal or immoral?

Additional Comments: _______________________________________________________________________


"Peace Talks: Handling Peer Pressure and Gangs" 1997 30 minutes
VHS 4470 Grades 6 - 12, Producer HRT

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