The fifth and sixth grade program content was originally organized into seventeen lessons
taught by a law enforcement officer who is certified as a D.A.R.E. Instructor.
The lessons offered a variety of interactive, role playing and cooperative learning
activities designed to encourage students to solve problems of major importance in their lives.
The objectives of each lesson are listed below:
1. INTRODUCTION TO D.A.R.E.:
Students are introduced to their D.A.R.E. Officer and will become acquainted with the D.A.R.E. Rules, the D.A.R.E. box, and their responsibilities as D.A.R.E. students.
2. UNDERSTANDING THE EFFECTS OF MIND-ALTERING DRUGS:
Helps students develop a knowledge of basic drug facts
and the harmful effects of mind-altering drugs if misused.
3. CONSIDERING CONSEQUENCES:
Helps students identify consequences of using and choosing
not to use tobacco, alcohol and marijuana.
4. CHANGING BELIEFS ABOUT DRUG USE:
Makes sure students are aware of the actual extent of drug use among adolescents
and of the kinds of pressures they may face to take drugs.
5. RESISTANCE TECHNIQUES (8 WAYS TO SAY NO!):
Helps students learn and practice effective ways to respond
to different kinds of peer pressure to use drugs.
6. BUILDING SELF-ESTEEM:
Helps students understand that self-esteem results from positive and negative feelings and experiences. They will also learn how self-esteem may influence the choices they make.
Teaches assertiveness as a technique for refusing offers to use drugs.
Helps students recognize stress encountered in their daily lives
and to suggest ways to deal with it other than by taking drugs.
9. REDUCING VIOLENCE:
Helps students recognize that destructive acts of violence are inapproprate
ways to deal with anger and to resolve disagreements.
10. MEDIA INFLUENCES:
Helps students understand how the media influences the choices that they make.
11. DECISION MAKING:
Helps students apply the decision-making process to avoid risky behavior
such as taking drugs or joining gangs.
12. SAYING YES TO POSITIVE ALTERNATIVES:
Helps students find activities that are interesting and rewarding alternatives to drug use.
13. POSITIVE ROLE MODELS:
Acquaints students with outstanding high school role models.
14. RESISTING GANGS:
Helps students recognize the negative consequences of gang and group
violence and to help them resist becoming involved.
15. SUMMARIZING D.A.R.E. (D.A.R.E. GAME):
Helps students summarize and access what they have learned during D.A.R.E.
16. TAKING A STAND! (D.A.R.E. ESSAY):
Helps students respond effectively when they are pressured to use drugs.
Students will take a positive stand to be drug-free and to avoid violence with use of an essay.
17. D.A.R.E. CULMINATION:
Provides an appropriate D.A.R.E. culminating activity to recognize individual achievement of all participants and to reinforce the values and skills they have learned.
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