Ready–to–Use Violence Prevention Skills Lessons and Activities for Secondary Students. J–B Ed: Ready–to–Use Activities

  • ID: 2215923
  • Book
  • 256 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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This practical resource gives educators in grades 7 through 12 a flexible, ready–to–use curriculum focusing on a wide range of contemporary topics such as stimulant use, family relationships, dealing with anger, managing threatening situations, and gang–related activities.

Developed by experts in various fields of psychology and sociology, the lessons are based on real situations in students′ own lives that involve dealing with feelings, self–esteem, peer pressure, and respect for others. They help students build character, prepare them to recognize situations that could become violent, and teach them the skills they need to handle conflicts in a non–violent and peaceful manner.

For easy use, the lessons follow a uniform format, including a descriptive title, a specific behavioral objective, and a simple sight–step lesson plan that provides everything needed for an effective, well–balanced learning experience. Each lesson covers:

  • Purpose: Need for teaching/learning the skill, e.g., "Choosing Friends Selectively"
  • Introduction: Stories and questions to make the skill concrete
  • Skill Components: Skill steps for teaching the appropriate behavior
  • Modeling the Skill: Teacher and student demonstration of the skill
  • Behavioral Rehearsal: Student performance of the skill with teacher correction if necessary
  • Practice: Worksheets and other activities summarizing the skill
  • Independent Use: Activities to promote the use of the skill outside of school
  • Continuation: Suggestions for reinforcing the skill through the school year

As a further help, all of the practice worksheets are individually printed in a big 8–1/4" x 11" spiral–bound format that folds flat for photocopying as many times as needed for individual or group use!

Also included are an introduction to the Violence Prevention Skills Curriculum and lesson format ... brief guidelines "To the Teacher" for using the lessons and activities most effectively ... and an extensive bibliography of useful resources related to the topics covered in the lessons.

In short, Ready–to–Use Violence Prevention Skills Lessons & Activities for Secondary Students gives teachers and counselors a stimulating and systematic way to develop positive social behaviors in their students. The activities feature real–life problems, are readily adapted to any classroom or school–wide program, and can be easily enhanced with other strategies, models, and interventions devised by the creative teacher.

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About this violence prevention skills teaching resource.


About the society for prevention of violence (SPV).

About the violence prevention skills curriculum.


Violence prevention skills lessons and activities for secondary students.

To the teacher.

Violence prevention skill.

Life skills.

Making proper decisions.

Learning to be tolerant.

Responding to failure.

Learning to cope with life′s problem by using social skills.


Developing self–respect.

Dealing with disrespect.


Developing communication skills.

Establishing a good relationship.

Resolving conflicts peacefully.

Accepting responsibilities when exercising rights.

Understanding the importance of being selective.

Understanding male/female relationships.


Understanding what "triggers" cause anger.

Managing anger.

Understanding the futility of revenge.


Supporting family harmony.

Understanding to distinguish discipline form punishment.

Understanding the needs of the elderly.

Coping with stressful family situations.

Understanding sibling rivalry.

Understanding that many different problems can cause family violence.

Stress and Danger.

Recognizing troublesome situations.

Reacting to extremely stressful situations.

Dealing with dangerous situations.

Managing threatening situations.

Coping with excessive stress.


Learning to trust others.

Dealing with deep depressions.


Understanding the danger of addiction.

Understanding the consequences of taking stimulants.

Maintaining rational thinking.

Controlling depressive feelings.

Counteracting the desire for using stimulants.

Understanding that marijuana is a dangerous stimulant.

Understanding that effects of using household products as inhalants.

Understanding the danger from using "Gateway" drugs.

Reacting to behavior indicative of stimulant and drug abuse.

Understanding the harmful effects of drug use.

Seeking help to conquer drug addiction.


Assessing friendship.

Selecting appropriate role models.

Exercising responsibility when using the media.

Distinguishing between wants and needs.

Dealing with "appetite" for illegal activities.

Realizing that consequences for criminal acts are unavoidable.

Coping with serious consequences.

Learning how to prevent date rape.

Realizing that guns do not assure safety.

Learning to respect guns and weapons.

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Ruth W. Begun, M.S., is president of The Society for Prevention of Violence (SPV), a nonprofit organization founded in 1972 dedicated to reducing asocial behaviors in children and adults through education.
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