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.
Student Article/Informational Text:
Students will gain a scientific understanding of the known hazards and potential risks of e-cigarettes.
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.
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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|SUBJECT||COMMON CORE STATE STANDARDS FOR ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS||NEXT
|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|
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?
a. Compare and contrast e-cigarettes and tobacco cigarettes.
b. How might e-cigarettes negatively affect teens?
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.
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.
- Grades 6-12: “The Deadly Effects of Tobacco Addiction,” headsup.scholastic.com/articles/deadly-effects-of-tobacco-addiction
- Grades 6-12:“The Science of Nicotine Addiction,” headsup.scholastic.com/articles/the-science-of-nicotine-addiction
- Grades 6-12:“Marijuana: Breaking Down the Buzz,” headsup.scholastic.com/students/marijuana-breaking-down-the-buzz
- Video: “NIDA TV Spotlight on Electronic Cigarettes,” headsup.scholastic.com/students/video-electronic-cigarettes
- Website: “Drug Facts: Electronic Cigarettes,” www.drugabuse.gov/e-cigarette-facts
- Website: “Electronic Cigarettes (e-Cigarettes),” www.fda.gov/newsevents/publichealthfocus/ucm172906.htm
- Infographic: www.drugabuse.gov/related-topics/trends-statistics/infographics/teens-e-cigarettes
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