Respect others. Respect yourself: ELA and Life Skills Program on Developing Healthy Communication.

PositionGrades 6-12: Support Higher Standard - English language arts

Dear Teacher,

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have joined together with Scholastic to develop this grades 6-12 ELA and life skills poster/teaching guide in support of National Teen Dating Violence Prevention Month.

The purpose of this program is to build students' understanding of how respect--for others and for oneself--is part of the foundation for healthy behaviors and healthy relationships.

Through the lesson, activities, and work sheets, students will build skills around recognizing and practicing healthy communication techniques.

These skills will serve them in all relationships, and in particular could help prevent emotional or physical abuse from happening in their relationships. Additionally, having strong communication skills will help students to navigate difficult situations, such as peer pressure or conflicts.

While some of the content involves subject matter that may not be appropriate for all classrooms, the materials are tiered so that they can be easily taught to focus on the core messages of building healthy communication and behavior skills for teens.

As a key influencer in students' lives, you have the opportunity to help them develop respect for others and themselves, and we urge you to use these activities as part of your work in preparing students for success in all areas of their lives.

Download This Poster/Teaching Guide:


INSIDE: Poster * Lesson and Activity * Work Sheets

TOPICS: Personal Relationships * Dating Violence * Drug Use


* Build understanding of the relationship between healthy communication and respecting others.

* Build understanding of the relationship between healthy behaviors and respecting oneself.

* Build healthy communication skills.

Students Can Also: Develop awareness of how healthy communication can be a protective factor against dating violence and drug use.


* Nine percent of high school students reported being hit, slapped, or physically hurt on purpose by a boyfriend or girlfriend in the prior 12 months. (1)

* Twenty-two...

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