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Lesson Overview: Introducing "Analyzing Influences and Interpersonal Communication", a skill-based 38-slide educational presentation tailored for grades seven through high school. This lesson, aligning with California State Standards (and adaptable for other standards), provides an in-depth exploration of the internal and external influences on alcohol and drug use. It also focuses on cultivating assertive communication and refusal skills, essential for navigating peer pressure and making healthy choices.


Educational Objectives:

  • Discerning Influences: Students will learn to differentiate between internal and external factors that influence drug and alcohol consumption.
  • Skill Development in Communication: The lesson emphasizes developing assertive communication, refusal, and negotiation techniques to handle situations involving alcohol and drug use.
  • Interactive Learning: Through cooperative activities, students will apply methods to manage these influences effectively.



Key Terms: Influence, internal/external influence, genetics, environment, family members, social and cultural norms, peers, self-esteem, personality, psychological conditions, assertive communication skills, refusal skills, boundaries, strategies for managing influences (prevention & education; resilience & support; intervention & treatment, family & community involvement).


Interactive and Skill-Based Activities:

  • This or That Drug and Alcohol Consumption: An activity to initiate thought and discussion.
  • Assertive Communication/Refusal Skills Scenarios: Students practice their skills through interactive Google Form scenarios.
  • Strategies for Managing Influences Jigsaw: A collaborative learning activity that explores various strategies for handling influences related to drug and alcohol use.
  • Kahoot: A fun, interactive quiz to reinforce the lesson's content.



Exclusive Feature - Strategies for Managing Influences Jigsaw:

  • Objective: Engage students in active learning about managing influences concerning drug and alcohol use.
  • Components: Instruction document, 9 articles, comprehension/discussion questions, graphic organizer, and an answer key.



Teacher Support and Customization:

  • Teacher's Guide: Includes talking points, guides, ideas, and essential questions in the “notes” section of the slides.
  • Fully Editable: Tailor the content to meet your students' unique needs.



Flexible Usage:

  • Stand-Alone or Series Integration: This lesson (lesson 6) can be used independently or as part of Not Your Mama's Health Teacher's ATOD 8-lesson unit.



Copyright Information:

  • Copyright © Not Your Mama's Health Teacher. All rights reserved by the author.
  • License: Each purchase grants single teacher use. No sharing with others.
  • Usage Rights: Classroom duplicates allowed. No redistribution, editing, sale, or Internet posting without password protection. Subject to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act penalties.



"Analyzing Influences and Interpersonal Communication" is a vital resource for educators seeking to provide students with practical skills and knowledge to navigate the challenges of substance use and peer pressure. This skill-based lesson is an engaging way to promote healthy decision-making and effective communication among students.


Total Pages

63 pages

Answer Key


Analyzing Influences and Interpersonal Communication (ATOD)

  • View a preview of this lesson and assignment HERE 

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