ALEX Lesson Plan


Alcohol, Tobacco and Drugs

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Author:Erica Blackmon
System: Huntsville City
School: Huntsville City Board Of Education
  General Lesson Information  
Lesson Plan ID: 6932


Alcohol, Tobacco and Drugs


This lesson will concentrate on the differences between drug abuse and drug misuse, effects of drugs on the body, and effects of alcohol and tobacco on the body.
 Associated Standards and Objectives 
Content Standard(s):
Technology Education
TC2 (2009)
Grade: 6-8
2 ) Publish digital products that communicate curriculum concepts.

Examples: Web pages, videos, podcasts, multimedia presentations

Technology Education
TC2 (2009)
Grade: 6-8
5 ) Use basic features of word processing, spreadsheets, databases, and presentation software.

Examples: word processing—reports, letters, brochures

-  spreadsheets—discovering patterns, tracking spending, creating budgets

-  databases—contact list of addresses and telephone numbers

-  presentation software—slideshow

Technology Education
TC2 (2009)
Grade: 6-8
9 ) Practice responsible and legal use of technology systems and digital content.

Examples: avoiding plagiarism; complying with acceptable-use policies, copyright laws, and fair use standards; recognizing secure Web sites

•  Identifying examples of computer crime and related penalties
Examples: computer crime—phishing, spoofing, virus and worm dissemination, cyberbullying

-  penalties—fines, incarceration

•  Citing sources of digital content
Technology Education
TC2 (2009)
Grade: 6-8
11 ) Use digital tools and strategies to locate, collect, organize, evaluate, and synthesize information.

Examples: locating—Boolean searches, graphic organizers, spreadsheets, databases

-  collecting—probeware, graphing calculators

-  organizing—graphic organizers, spreadsheets

-  evaluating—reviewing publication dates, determining credibility

-  synthesizing—word processing software, concept-mapping software

Local/National Standards:


Primary Learning Objective(s):

Students will describe the difference between drug abuse and drug misuse. Students will describe the effects drugs, alcohol, and tobacco have on the body.

Students will list behaviors that will help prevent drug, alcohol, and tobacco addiction or break the habit if it already exists.

Additional Learning Objective(s):

 Preparation Information 

Total Duration:

Greater than 120 Minutes

Materials and Resources:

Chalkboard/whiteboard, textbook

Technology Resources Needed:

Computer with Internet access (computer lab if available), scanner, LCD projector or other computer projection device, word processing and presentation software


Teacher:The National Household Survey on Drug Abuse conducted an annual survey by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. By the year 1999, 14 million Americans were current users of illicit drugs. Of youth ages 12-17 in 2000, 9.7% had used an illicit drug. Drug related deaths in 2000 most often included use from heroin, cocaine and alcohol consumption in combination with other drugs.

Students: Should have general knowledge of the computer, Internet, desktop publishing, presentation and word processing software.

1.)Divide students into groups of 2 to 3 students per group. The teacher will review guidelines, and procedures for developing a slideshow presentation.
(PowerPoint In the Classroom)
A step by step guide in using PowerPoint.

2.)Students who do not have extensive practice creating slideshow presentations should spend time creating practice slides. One-to-one time with the teacher or a peer tutor is beneficial.
(Overview of Drugs In The United States.)
Facts and information on alcohol,drugs and tobacco.

3.)Students are to use the Internet to research alcohol, tobacco, and drug use, misuse, and abuse. Possible points to look for are: statistics of who uses what, addiction rates, death rates, illness caused by use, etc.
(Overview of Drugs In The United States.)
Facts and information on alcohol,drugs and tobacco.

4.)Students will do a story board for their slideshow using the information gathered during the research phase. (See attachments for sample of story board form.)

5.)Students are to produce a slideshow presentation using their story board. Slideshows should contain no less than 10 slides with transitions and imported pictures/clip art. (Refer to attachment as needed.)

6.)Students will present their slideshows to the class. Students will evaluate each other's presentation for 10% of the grade. (See attachments for student evaluation form.)

7.)Each student will write 5 questions from their research and presentation. These questions will be turned in to the teacher for use as an assessment tool.

8.)After the student presentations, the teacher will review the main points presented by the students. After a brief class discussion to clarify any final misconceptions, a quiz using the student made questions will be given. The teacher may choose to use an oral or written quiz, depending on the time available after receiving the students' questions.

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Assessment Strategies

Students will be graded on their storyboard, overall presentation, peer evaluations, questions, and quizzes. Examples of the storyboard form and peer evaluation form are attached.
This PowerPoint Rubric may be used.





Each area below is a direct link to general teaching strategies/classroom accommodations for students with identified learning and/or behavior problems such as: reading or math performance below grade level; test or classroom assignments/quizzes at a failing level; failure to complete assignments independently; difficulty with short-term memory, abstract concepts, staying on task, or following directions; poor peer interaction or temper tantrums, and other learning or behavior problems.

Presentation of Material Environment
Time Demands Materials
Attention Using Groups and Peers
Assisting the Reluctant Starter Dealing with Inappropriate Behavior
Be sure to check the student's IEP for specific accommodations.