Between prom and graduation, it’s the season to celebrate. The end of the school year is also an important time to talk to students about celebrating responsibly. Here is an NIE activity that can open a discussion about the dangers of underage drinking.
Researchers have found that the more television high school students watch, the more likely they are to start drinking. The characters on TV who drink alcohol are often portrayed as influential and glamorous to teens. Take the MTV show Skins for example. The first time I saw a commercial for the program I thought it was a public service announcement against underage drinking. But it’s the opposite—Skins is centered on teenagers partying and consuming alcohol.
Have your students review the television listings in the Boston Herald. Based on research and prior knowledge of the shows, students should make a list of programs that can encourage drinking. Then discuss with your class why those programs might promote drinking, and how underage drinking is harmful.
Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question) or solve a problem; narrow or broaden the inquiry when appropriate; synthesize multiple sources on the subject, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.
This activity is adapted from the NIE and the Common Core State Standards packet. Download the complete packet available on the NIE homepage.
Designed for students in grades 9-12, this activity can complement English Language Arts, current events, media criticism, and health classes.