D.A.R.E. Essay

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DAY 1

You will now begin drafting your D.A.R.E. report. Your report must be five paragraphs long and include an introduction, three body paragraphs, and a conclusion.

Introduction Paragraph
  • Must include how you feel about the D.A.R.E. program. Did you learn a lot of new information? Was the information helpful and/or interesting?
Body Paragraph
  • Must include three different things that you learned about during D.A.R.E.
  • Must explain how learning about these three different things will help you in the future. Will the information help you to make smarter decisions in the future?
Conclusion
  • Must summarize your feelings about the D.A.R.E. program and how your new knowledge about drugs and violence will help keep you drug-free in the future.
Introduction - My feelings about D.A.R.E.

    I thought that the D.A.R.E. program was extremely educational and a lot of fun.  
 1st thing that I learned in D.A.R.E.

    Although alcohol is a legal substance, I learned that it has many negative, and harmful, side-effects.
 Explain - Why is this information important and how will it help me in the future

    When it is consumed, alcohol immediately enters the bloodstream.
 2nd thing that I learned in D.A.R.E.

    Cigarettes are an extremely dangerous product because they have the ability to harm not only the smoker, but the people around the smoker.
 Explain - Why is this information important and how will it help me in the future

    Tobacco products, such as cigarettes, can cause many health problems.
 3rd thing that I learned in D.A.R.E.

    One of the most significant things that I learned in D.A.R.E., is the importance of choosing supportive friends.
 Explain - Why is this information important and how will it help me in the future

    During a typical day, I will spend most of my time with my friends.
Conclusion - Summarize your feelings about the D.A.R.E. program and how your new knowledge about drugs and violence will help you in the future

    I think that the D.A.R.E. program is a great benefit to all 6th grade students. It helped me to understand how drugs and alcohol can effect me and my body.


DAY 2

Today you will be adding more detailed information to your BODY paragraphs. We are NOT writing the intro and conclusion today.

NOTECARD ONE
  • Take your first yellow dot. It is your topic sentence of the first body paragraph.
  • Take your first red dot. This is the second sentence in your first body paragraph.
  • Now, on the note card, elaborate on your first two sentences.
    • Use information from your D.A.R.E. booklet.
    • Use facts to support your topic sentence and explanation.
    • Finish this paragraph with sentences to support your topic sentence.
NOTECARD TWO
  • Take your second yellow dot. It is your topic sentence of the second body paragraph.
  • Take your second red dot. This is the second sentence in your second body paragraph.
  • Now, on the note card, elaborate on your first two sentences.
    • Use information from your D.A.R.E. booklet.
    • Use facts to support your topic sentence and explanation.
    • Finish this paragraph with sentences to support your topic sentence.
NOTECARD THREE
  • Take your third yellow dot. It is your topic sentence of the third body paragraph.
  • Take your third red dot. This is the second sentence in your third body paragraph.
  • Now, on the note card, elaborate on your first two sentences.
    • Use information from your D.A.R.E. booklet.
    • Use facts to support your topic sentence and explanation.
    • Finish this paragraph with sentences to support your topic sentence.

1st thing that I learned in D.A.R.E.

    Although alcohol is a legal substance, I learned that it has many negative, and harmful, side-effects.
When it is consumed, alcohol immediately enters the bloodstream. Because it enters the bloodstream so quickly, it can cause a person to lose control of their body, their ability to speak, and their ability to make good decisions. If a person consumes to much alcohol, they can go into a coma or even die. Alcohol can even negatively effect every organ in the human body.   Because alcohol can effect a person's judgment, understanding the side-effects of alcohol can help me to recognize when a friend is in trouble. I have learned that if a friend passes out from drinking, it is important to call for help immediately. Friends who have been drinking should not be allowed to get behind the wheel of a car, and I should not get into a car with someone who has been drinking. Alcohol can hurt me, even if I haven't been drinking.  
 
2nd thing that I learned in D.A.R.E.


     Cigarettes are an extremely dangerous product because they have the ability to harm not only the smoker, but the people around the smoker. Tobacco products, such as cigarettes, can cause many health problems. Although no one under the age of 18 is permitted to purchase tobacco products, most tobacco users begin using tobacco products before the age of 18. A person who begins smoking at an early age has a greater chance of developing tobacco-related health issues. Smoking can lead to heart disease, lung cancer, and breathing problems. Smoking also causes premature wrinkles, yellow teeth, and bad breath. Chewing tobacco can lead to mouth and tongue cancer and even tooth loss. Most importantly, I learned that smoking is not only extremely addictive, but it can negatively effect my family and friends.   
 

3rd thing that I learned in D.A.R.E.

     One of the most significant things that I learned in D.A.R.E., is the importance of choosing supportive friends. During a typical day, I will spend most of my time with my friends. That is why it is important to make wise choices about the people I select to be my friends. When choosing friends, it is important to find friends with similar interests and goals and friends who don't use drugs and alcohol. D.A.R.E. taught me strategies about how to stay out of high pressure situations and how to get out of high pressure situations.   If I am ever in a situation where I am being pressured into doing drugs or drinking alcohol, it is crucial that I have supportive friends who will help me out of these situations. If my friends are nonusers, it is possible to avoid these situations altogether. If my friends and I are ever pulled into a high-pressure situation, then D.A.R.E. has prepared me by giving me strategies to get out of these situations such as: saying "No," changing the subject, and using humor. 
 

   

DAY 3

Today you will be adding more detailed information to your introduction and conclusion paragraphs.

Introduction - My feelings about D.A.R.E.

    I thought that the D.A.R.E. program was extremely educational and a lot of fun. An important thing that I learned was how dangerous alcohol can be to your body. Tobacco, like alcohol, has many side-effects, but it is also harmful to the people around the smoker. While I know that alcohol and tobacco are bad for me, I may be tempted to "fit-in", so it is important that I choose good friends who make wise decisions. D.A.R.E. has helped me to learn about dangerous substances and make better choices.


Conclusion - Summarize your feelings about the D.A.R.E. program and how your new knowledge about drugs and violence will help you in the future

    D.A.R.E. is a great benefit to all sixth grade students. It helped me to understand how drugs, tobacco, and alcohol can effect me and my body. I also learned how valuable it can be to have friends who don't use drugs and alcohol. What I loved most about D.A.R.E. is that it helped me to realize that most students in middle and high school are NOT using drugs and alcohol. It gave me the confidence to Just Say No


DAY 4


Today you will be revising and editing your report.
  • Does your introduction include your feelings about the D.A.R.E. program?
  • Do your body paragraphs include three new things you learned in D.A.R.E. and how these three new things will help you in the future?
  • Does your conclusion summarize your feelings about D.A.R.E. and how your new knowledge can help you in the future?
  • Did you include adjectives, adverbs, and multiple modifiers?
  • Do you have all four sentence types
  • Did you maintain your perspective and tense?
  • Do all your sentences begin with a capital letter and end with the correct punctuation?
  • Did you use commas correctly?
  • Did you include at least one form of higher level punctuation?