Lesson

"Stressed Out?"

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Stress is a part of life, but students may have difficulty coping and feel overwhelmed, which can increase the risk for drug use. The article “Stressed Out?” helps explain how the body’s stress response system works, as well as the health consequences of ongoing (chronic) stress. Students will learn how their bodies respond to stress, and how they can manage under pressure.



SUBJECT AREAS:

Science Literacy, English/Language Arts, Health/Life Skills



STANDARDS:

COMMON CORE
STATE STANDARDS
NEXT GENERATION
SCIENCE STANDARDS
NATIONAL SCIENCE
EDUCATION
STANDARDS
RST.9 Analyze structure of relationships among concepts in a text LS1.A Structure and Function Structure and Function in Living Things
W.9 Draw evidence to support analysis and reflection LS1.D Information Processing Personal and Community Health



LESSON:

CRITICAL-THINKING QUESTIONS:

  1. What is the fight-or-flight response and why is it an important process in the body? (The fight-or-flight response prepares the body to face a challenging situation. It helps focus the brain to make decisions quickly and boosts energy in the body if a physical reaction is needed. This is important because fight-or-flight evolved to help us survive.)
  2. Beyond helping you to survive in emergencies, how can stress be helpful to you? What are some examples? (Stress can increase focus, energy, and responsiveness. This can be helpful in giving you focus for studying for a test and energy to play sports. [Additional answers may apply.])
  3. How can pressures in everyday teen life lead to health problems? (Constant stress from problems might lead to chronic stress, in which the body’s stress response system is not allowed to return to normal levels. This has many health risks including illness; sleep problems; migraine headaches; mental health problems; problems with learning and memory; and chronic health problems such as heart disease, obesity, and diabetes. It can also increase the risk for drug use and for developing an addiction.)



WRITING PROMPTS:

  • What are signs that may indicate a person is experiencing chronic stress?
  • Explain how chronic stress may increase a person’s risk of using drugs.
  • How might chronic stress as a teenager impact a person’s life into adulthood? Support your answer with evidence from the text.



PAIRED READING:




ADDITIONAL STUDENT RESOURCE:

“Nine Tips to Help You Cope With Stress,” teens.drugabuse.gov/blog/post/nine-tips-help-you-cope-stress




ADDITIONAL TEACHING RESOURCES: