My Project ALERT

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  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. Curriculum was last updated in 2021.
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Complete Manual (updated January 2021)

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 Plan 1 - Introduction to Project ALERT
  • Lesson 1 - Materials Inventory
  • Lesson 1 (slides) - Introduction to Project ALERT
  • Video: Let's Talk About Marijuana
Student Handouts

Lesson 2: Consequences of Cigarettes, Vaping, and Marijuana

Motivates students to resist drug use by having them identify short- and long-term consequences of smoking cigarettes, vaping nicotine, and using marijuana; increases students' perceptions that using these substances impacts their daily lives and social relationships.

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  • Lesson Plan 2 - Consequences of Cigarettes, Vaping, and Marijuana
  • Lesson 2 - Materials Inventory
  • Lesson 2 (slides) - Consequences of Cigarettes, Vaping, and Marijuana
  • Poster 1: Smoking and Vaping Make You Less Attractive
  • Poster 2: Nicotine is Addicting
  • Poster 3: Smoking Affects Your Heart and Lungs
  • Poster 4: Marijuana Can Affect You Right Away
  • Poster 5: Marijuana Can Damage You In The Long Run
  • Video: Pot, The Party Crasher
Student Handouts
  • What Teens Want to Know About Alcohol
  • Lo Que los Adolescentes Quieren Saber Sobre el Alcohol

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 Plan 3 - Drinking Conequences and Alternatives
  • Lesson 3 - Materials Inventory
  • Lesson 3 (slides) - Drinking Consequences and Alternatives
  • Poster 6: Alcohol Can Harm You Anytime You Drink
  • Poster 7: Alcohol Can Damage You In The Long Run
  • Poster 8: Drinking To Cover Feelings
Student Handouts

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 Plan 4 - Introduction to Pressures
  • Lesson 4 - Materials Inventory
  • Lesson 4 (slides) - Examples of Tobacco, E-Cigarette, and Alcohol Ads
Student Handouts
  • Advertisement Count Sheet
  • Let’s Clear the Air: Straight Talk About Vaping and Smoking
  • Hoja de Recuento de Anuncios
  • Limpiemos el Aire: Platica Directa Acerca de los Adolescentes y Fumer
  • Tobacco Advertising Gallery
  • Alcohol Advertising Gallery

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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  • Skit Preparation Sheet
  • Parent / Adult Interview: Peer Pressure
  • Entrevista del Padre / Tutor: Presion de los Companeros
  • Hoja Preparación de Dramatización

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 Plan 6 - Resisting Internal and External Pressures to Use Drugs
  • Lesson 6 - Materials Inventory
  • Lesson 6 (slides) - Resisting Internal and External Pressures
  • Poster 9: Ways to Say “No”
  • Poster 10: Pressures from Inside Yourself
Student Handouts
  • Internal Pressure Scenarios (A-D)
  • Situaciones Hipotéticas de Presión Interna

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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  • Skit Preparation Sheet
  • What's the Real Story? Teenagers Want the Truth About Marijuana
  • Los Adolescentes Desean la Verdad Sobre la Marijuana
  • Hoja Preparación de Dramatización

Lesson 8: Prescription Opioids and Heroin

Introduces opioids; shows students how to properly use and protect themselves from misuse of prescription pain medication and avoid use of heroin; discusses physical consequences of withdrawal and addiction; presents information on how dopamine works in the brain and how to promote brain health; identifies ways to resist pressures to try opioids.

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  • Lesson Plan 8 - Prescription Opioids and Heroin
  • Lesson 8 - Materials Inventory
  • Lesson 8 (slides) - Prescription Opioids and Heroin
  • Poster 9: Ways to Say “No”
  • Poster 12: Danger! Cocaine! Meth! Heroin!
  • Prescription Opioids and Heroin - Teacher Supplement
  • Roleplays Worksheet
  • Video: Teen Brain Development
Student Handouts
  • Be Smart, Be Safe: Guidelines for Prescription Opioids
  • Benefiting Your Brain (optional)
  • What Teens Want to Know About Prescription Opioids and Heroin
  • Prescription Opioids and Heroin - Student Supplement

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 Plan 9 - Review and Practice Resistance Techniques
  • Lesson 9 - Materials Inventory
  • Lesson 9 (slides) - Review and Practice Resistance Techniques
  • Poster 9: Ways to Say “No”
  • Poster 10: Pressures from Inside Yourself
Student Handouts
  • Oral Report on Drugs and Family Response Form
  • Ten Questions Teenagers Ask Most About Drugs - And Their Answers
  • Skit Preparation Sheet
  • Informe Oral Sobre Drogas y Formulario de Evaluacion para la Familia
  • Las Diez Preguntas Mas Formuladas por los Adolescentes Sobrelas Drogas Y Sus Respuestas
  • Hoja Preparación de Dramatización

Lesson 10: Smoking and Vaping Cessation

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

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  • Lesson Plan 10 - Smoking and Vaping Cessation
  • Lesson 10 - Materials Inventory
  • Lesson 10 (slides) - Smoking and Vaping Cessation
  • Video: Clearing the Air
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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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  • Lesson Plan 11 - Benefits of Not Using Drugs
  • Lesson 11 - Materials Inventory
  • Lesson 11 (slides) - Benefits of Not Using Drugs
  • Poster 1: Smoking and Vaping Make You Less Attractive
  • Poster 2: Nicotine is Addicting
  • Poster 3: Smoking Affects Your Heart and Lungs
  • Poster 4: Marijuana Can Affect You Right Away
  • Poster 5: Marijuana Can Damage You In The Long Run
  • Poster 6: Alcohol Can Harm You Anytime You Drink
  • Poster 7: Alcohol Can Damage You In The Long Run
  • Poster 11: Prescription Painkillers Go Straight to Your Head
  • Video: Saying "No" To Drugs
Student Handouts
  • Information Review Game - Answer Sheet
  • Why I have made the decision to choose a healthy lifestyle free from drugs:
  • Porque decidi elegir un estilo de vida saludable libre de drogas
  • Juego de Revisar Información - Hoja de Respuestas

Booster 1: Motivating Resistance to Drugs

Re-introduces Project ALERT; reviews consequences of marijuana, alcohol, cigarettes, vaping, prescription opioids, and heroin; reviews sources of pressure; introduces facts about ecstasy, cocaine, crack, and LSD.

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  • Booster Lesson Plan 1 - Motivating Resistance to Drugs
  • Booster Lesson 1 - Materials Inventory
  • Booster Lesson 1 (slides) - Motivating Resistance to Drugs
  • What Teens Want to Know About Prescription Painkillers and Heroin
  • What Teens Want to Know About Prescription Stimulants and Depressants
  • Poster 12: Danger! Cocaine! Meth! Heroin!
Student Handouts
  • Test Your Drug IQ - Booster
  • Frequently Asked Questions About Cocaine and Methamphetamine
  • Prueba tus Conocimientos Sobre Drogas
  • Preguntas Frecuentemente Formuladas Sobre Cocaina y Metanfetaminas
  • Lo Que los Adolescentes Quieren Saber Acerca de Drogas Recetadas y Medicina

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 Lesson Plan 2 - Practice Resisting External and Internal Pressures
  • Booster Lesson 2 - Materials Inventory
  • Booster Lesson 2 (slides) - Practice Resisting Pressures
  • Poster 9: Ways to Say “No”
Student Handouts
  • Internal Pressure Skit Sheet
  • Parent/Adult Interview
  • Cuestionario para el Padre / Tutor: Como Resistir las Presiones
  • Hoja de Dramatización de Presión Interna

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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  • Booster Lesson Plan 3 - Benefits of Resisting Drugs
  • Booster Lesson 3 - Materials Inventory
  • Booster Lesson 3 (slides) - Benefits of Resisting Drugs
  • Poster 9: Ways to Say “No”