Lesson

"E-Cigarettes: What You Need to Know"

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Electronic cigarettes—which deliver nicotine (a highly addictive drug) without smoking—have emerged in the past decade as a popular alternative to tobacco cigarettes. They may offer benefits to some smokers already addicted to nicotine. However, e-cigarettes also deliver a set of risks and unknowns—especially for teens. In fact, recent research suggests a link between teen use of e-cigarettes and tobacco cigarettes. We urge you to share these timely resources with your students.

MATERIALS:

Student Article/Informational Text:
Students will gain a scientific understanding of the known hazards and potential risks of e-cigarettes.

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Student Work Sheet:
The work sheet takes the form of a media literacy evaluation, encouraging students to analyze how e-cigarette marketing strategies are designed and how they might influence teens, reinforcing and expanding on the article. Additional critical-thinking questions help students evaluate the information contained in ads.

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Additional Tools (PDF):
Grade-tiered resources to support teaching the lesson and student article:

  • Answer Key for Critical-Thinking Questions and Student Work Sheet
  • Academic and Domain-Specific Vocabulary Lists
  • Additional Writing Prompts
  • Expanded Paired-Text Reading Suggestions
  • Expanded Standards Charts for Grades 6-12


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STANDARDS:

SUBJECT COMMON CORE STATE STANDARDS FOR ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS NEXT
GENERATION
SCIENCE
STANDARDS
NATIONAL SCIENCE
EDUCATION STANDARDS
NATIONAL COUNCIL FOR THE SOCIAL STUDIES
Science Literacy RI.1 Cite textual evidence PS1.B Chemical Reactions Structure and Function in Living Things Production, Distribution, and Consumption
English Language Arts RI.2 Central idea and details PS3.D Energy and Chemical Processes in Everyday Life Personal and Community Health Science, Technology, and Society
Health/Life Skills W.2 Write informative texts LS1.D Information Processing
Media Literacy



LESSON:

CRITICAL-THINKING QUESTIONS:

Grades 6-8:

a. How are e-cigarettes similar to tobacco cigarettes, and how are they different?

b. What are some of the risks of e-cigarettes to teens?


Grades 9-10:

a. Compare and contrast e-cigarettes and tobacco cigarettes.

b. How might e-cigarettes negatively affect teens?


Grades 11-12:

a. Analyze the ways in which e-cigarettes and tobacco cigarettes differ, as well as the traits they share.

b. Articulate the risks e-cigarettes pose to teens.




WRITING PROMPTS:

Instruct students to use evidence from the article in their responses to the writing prompts.

  • Grades 6-8: Why is it important for scientists to research e-cigarettes?
  • Grades 9-10: Should e-cigarettes be illegal for teens?
  • Grades 11-12: Evaluate the appropriateness of laws that mandate that e-cigarette users be at least 18, and discuss how scientists might aid lawmakers in setting policy.



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