My Project ALERT

Lesson Progress
  1. Program Overview
  2. Lesson 1
  3. Lesson 2
  4. Lesson 3
  5. Lesson 4
  6. Lesson 5
  7. Lesson 6
  8. Lesson 7
  9. Lesson 8
  10. Lesson 9
  11. Lesson 10
  12. Lesson 11
  13. Booster 1
  14. Booster 2
  15. Booster 3

Program Overview

Information on the fundamental underpinnings of the curriculum–its objectives and structure, the underlying pedagogy, and key teaching strategies.

Lesson 1: Introduction to Project ALERT

Introduces Project ALERT to students, sets the tone for the program, clarifies reasons why people do and don't use drugs.

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Lesson 2: Consequences of Smoking Cigarettes and Marijuana

Motivates students to resist drug use by having them identify immediate and later consequences of smoking cigarettes and marijuana; increases students' perceptions that using cigarettes and marijuana impacts their daily lives and social relationships.

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Lesson 3: Drinking Consequences and Alternatives

Identifies reasons why people drink alcohol; discusses consequences of drinking; demonstrates similarities between drinking and marijuana; presents how alcohol is used to cover feelings; and brainstorms alternatives to drinking.

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Lesson 4: Introduction to Pressures

Marks the transition into the skill-building section of the curriculum; helps students resist pressures to use drugs by identifying what the different pressures are and where they come from; counters belief that "everyone uses" with survey information indicating that most teenagers do not use drugs.

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Lesson 5: Social Pressures to Use Drugs

Provides the first example of the modeling, practice and feedback strategy used throughout the curriculum; identifies social pressures to use drugs; teaches resistance skills and facilitates saying "no" in social situations.

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Lesson 6: Resisting Internal and External Pressures to Use Drugs

Identifies internal pressures to use drugs; students discuss and practice resistance techniques for internal and external pressures.

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Lesson 7: Practicing Resistance Skills

Facilitates practice of resisting external pressures to use drugs; presents additional alternative ways to resist pressure; encourages students to openly express feelings of being capable of resisting internal pressures.

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Lesson 8: Inhalant Abuse

Introduces inhalants; shows students how to protect themselves from accidental inhalant poisoning; discusses physical consequences of inhalant abuse; identifies ways to resist pressure to try inhalants.

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Lesson 9: Review and Practice Resistance Techniques

Reinforces earlier lessons by reviewing resistance techniques and facilitating resistance practice; introduces the concept of benefits from not using drugs.

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Lesson 10: Smoking Cessation

Identifies why it is hard to quit smoking; offers techniques for quitting and changing general behavior.

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Lesson 11: Benefits of Not Using Drugs

Reviews and reinforces negative consequences of using drugs; motivates resistance by reviewing benefits of not using drugs; elicits written commitments from students.

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Booster 1: Motivating Resistance to Drugs

Re-introduces Project ALERT; reviews consequences of using marijuana, alcohol and cigarettes; reviews sources of pressure; introduces facts about crack and LSD and new prevalence rates.

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Booster 2: Practice Resisting External and Internal Pressures

Reviews concept of external and internal pressures; students prepare and act out internal pressure skits.

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Booster 3: Benefits of Resisting Drugs

Reviews the benefits of resistance and discusses how friends can help each other resist pressure.

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