Informational Text Set- Kristy Staples

Brief Description of Topic- This site contains a variety of resources that can be used when teaching a 9-12th grade health unit on illicit drugs. 

Drug addiction is a huge problem in today's society. Educating students on the dangers of substance abuse will hopefully stop them from engaging in these risk behaviors. Also, Maine high schools are in the process of transitioning to standards-based education so as I teach this illicit drug unit, I am using the resources listed below with activities and assignments that meet the following standards: 
Maine Learning Results- Standard A- Health Concepts- Students will comprehend concepts related to health promotion and disease prevention to enhance health. 

Maine Learning Results- Standard C- Health Promotion and Risk Reduction- Students will demonstrate the ability to practice health-enhancing behaviors & avoid or reduce health risks. 

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This website provides articles that appear in the printed version of our local newspaper. Any newspaper would work but it's used in my classroom for current events. Thus, I want students locating information about drug use in our area.   Nov 30, 2014, 10:47 AM Kristy Staples
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Scholastic, The National Institute of Drug Abuse, National Institute for Health and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has created this wonderful interactive visual on the effects that drugs have on your body. I actually have this poster hanging in my classroom but it does not have all of the information provided on this website. The poster is a common topic of conversation as we deal with the illicit drug unit and the website is then used to further explain how drugs impact each part of the body shown in the poster. The website provides explicit effects and it gives pictures so that students can see the effects.   Nov 30, 2014, 10:48 AM Kristy Staples
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Margaret K McElderry Books, New York, NY, 2004. This book is written by Ellen Hopkins based off from her daughter's experience and addiction to Crystal Meth. It has parts that are extremely graphic and requires maturity when reading it. (Depending on the group of students I have, determines if I read this book or not) The book provides extensive detail into the life of a drug abuser and the life changing affect it can have. TEXT COMPLEXITY- This text is written in free verse poetry form so for some students it could be difficult to follow along. Due to this format, this text is usually read aloud in class and discussions are done as the reading is completed. If the class is not mature enough for the entire book, small excerpts from the text can be read and discussed.   Nov 30, 2014, 10:50 AM Kristy Staples
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Health Edco provides a set of 50 cards that describe different situations related to drugs, alcohol and tobacco use. Students are to read the cards and then analyze how to deal with the situation being presented. These cards are appropriate for grades 6-12. I usually use them with my high school students as I feel they have sufficient background knowledge of each topic to discuss the cards and come up with a mature, appropriate resolution. I think it's best to use these cards with small groups so that students can discuss with each other their ideas and then come up with one final decision to share with the class. TEXT COMPLEXITY-The cards are pretty easy to read and are possible situations that students have or could become involved in, in real life.   Nov 30, 2014, 10:51 AM Kristy Staples
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A Lifetime Original Movie (2003). This movie is based on the true story of Liz Murray. She was born into a drug addicted family, and worked very hard to not follow the same path as her parents. This video shows the struggles of drug addicts, the impact on their families and the ability to overcome a tough beginning. This video is used to show students how your path in life is not always chosen for you, but that you can decide some of what happens to you. The struggles that Liz's parents face as drug addicts are real and show students how dangerous and life threatening these kind of choices can be. It is an extremely powerful video that students seem to really enjoy.   Nov 30, 2014, 10:53 AM Kristy Staples
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Brooks/Cole, Belmont, CA, 2012. This is a very detailed book on chemical dependency. I would not recommend using the entire book, as it is difficult to read.Instead, selecting parts of it that will enhance the learning of a particular drug is recommended. Chapter 2, The Nature of the Beast, Why people choose to use drugs and alcohol is a great chapter to use. There are visuals, charts and stages that I find to be important for students to understand. Yet, there are other parts of the book that could be used as well. I would just recommend the teacher select them first, then ask students to read them. TEXT COMPLEXITY- Advanced. This was a textbook I used in one of my college classes. I have found parts of it to be very difficult for high school students to read. It's long and uses tough vocabulary that most high school students would struggle with. That is why I select parts from it that I feel my students can handle. I also find the visuals to be helpful.   Nov 30, 2014, 10:55 AM Kristy Staples
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Mary Bronson Merki and Don Merki, Glencoe, McGraw Hill, New York, NY. 2001. This textbook is the main resource used in my 9-12th grade classroom. It provides information and visuals on illegal drugs and addiction (chapters 26 and 27). TEXT COMPLEXITY- The reading of this textbook is average for a 9th grade student. For 10-12th graders it could be easy. The bold headings and colored vocabulary words allow the reader to see the main pieces of information before they even start reading. The bulleted information is easy to read and the visuals go well with the topic. The information is very basic and thus, this textbook should be used as a starting point when teaching a unit on illicit drugs.  Nov 30, 2014, 9:49 AM Kristy Staples
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Plume Book, 2001/2004. This book provides an abundance of information on drugs. There are two parts of this book which are extremely helpful when teaching 9-12th graders about illicit drugs. The chapter on drugs and the impact on the brain and the section called Drugs A-Z. The A-Z section allows students to find particular drugs and read specific information about them. This book is usually used as a resource when students are completing activities/assignments on one specific drug. TEXT COMPLEXITY- Advanced. There are detailed paragraphs with vocabulary that is too much for many 9th grade students. Most of the words that students would not know are not defined in this textbook, thus it will be important for it to be used simply as a supplemental resource.  Nov 30, 2014, 10:18 AM Kristy Staples
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Released 1997. This is a youtube video displaying the lyrics to Third Eye Blind's 1997 hit, Semi- Charmed Life. This video is projected onto the board and students listen to the song as the lyrics appear. Students are asked to write their reaction to the song and what they think it is about. Students share their responses with the class. The teacher then explains how many songs are written to have underlying meanings to sex. drugs or alcohol. In this case, Semi-Charmed Life is written about the use of Crystal Meth. The teacher takes lines from the song to show this connection. Students then are asked to find song lyrics with hidden meanings to drugs. TEXT COMPLEXITY- Average to Advanced depending on the songs lyrics selected by the students. Some lyrics will be difficult to make the connections, others will be easy. Street names, administration and effects of certain drugs will need to be understood before lyrical analysis can be done.   Nov 30, 2014, 10:57 AM Kristy Staples
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2012. This website provides a great deal of information on drug facts and why drug abuse/addiction happens. However, the most important piece of information used from this website is the Survey Data found on the left hand side of the webpage. Students view statistical information about drug use among teens and trends that occur. The charts and graphs used on this site provide great visuals for students. TEXT COMPLEXITY- Easy as the main resources being used are visuals, charts and numbers.   Nov 30, 2014, 10:59 AM Kristy Staples
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This website provides a variety of information on illicit drugs. There are links to fact pages for a variety of illicit drugs.These fact pages include street names, drug classification, appearance, administration and effects for each drug. There is also a video link to a documentary and there are resources that students can access about drug addiction. This website is very easy to navigate through and provides a large amount of information.TEXT COMPLEXITY- Average- The organization of the information is very easy to understand but some of the language used may be tough for 9th grade students. However, there are pictures, large fonts and bulleted information that may make reading a little easier for students. Plus, there is a video that can be shown that has people who have been addicted to drugs sharing their real stories. Thus, it makes the facts given on this website more realistic.   Nov 30, 2014, 11:00 AM Kristy Staples
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