Lesson Plans for Teaching About Fetus Alcohol Syndrome
The accompanying 34-page teacher’s guide for the video, organized using the AIMS teaching model, is written by Pat Davies. It is based on Benjamin S. Bloom's, Six Levels of Cognitive Complexity, as stated in the teacher's guide. This model provides writing, hands-on activities, critical thinking, diversity, news writing or reporting activities, extended activities and a culminating activity. Vocabulary for the unit is also introduced with accompanying activities. The teacher’s guide is thorough and presents an introduction that teachers can use to stimulate interest in the lesson.
The lesson plan provides topic ideas for group discussions that focus on responsibility, decisions, consequences, and peer pressure. All of the topics were appropriate for high school students. The critical thinking activities for the video include research, writing, and interpretation. Because many of the lessons require group work, students who have special needs can be supported through most of the activities. The lessons could readily be used in a health, science, or literature class.
The video and accompanying material are excellent for high school students and meet health education standards for showing how drugs and alcohol can impact society.