Alcoholics Anonymous Lesson Plan

Instructor: Adrianne Baron

Adrianne has a master's degree in cancer biology and has taught high school and college biology.

Alcoholism is a serious epidemic, and knowing about the Alcoholics Anonymous program is one key to fighting the epidemic. Your students will become familiar with the program as they read and discuss a lesson, create sobriety posters, write support plans and take a quiz.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Define 'Alcoholics Anonymous'
  • Describe how the AA program works
  • Identify ways to support someone in AA

Length

1.5 - 2 hours

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.11-12.1

Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of science and technical texts, attending to important distinctions the author makes and to any gaps or inconsistencies in the account.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.11-12.7

Integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information presented in diverse formats and media (e.g., quantitative data, video, multimedia) in order to address a question or solve a problem.

Materials

Instruction

  • Start the class by telling your students they are about to learn about something that can change their lives or the lives of someone they love or care about.
  • Pass out the What is Alcoholics Anonymous? - Definition, Meetings & Steps text lesson and read it together as a class.
  • Start from the beginning of the lesson and have different students read each paragraph in the lesson. Stop periodically for discussions.
  • Stop after reading the 'What is Alcoholism?' section. Ask and discuss the following:
    • What is a DUI?
    • What is alcoholism?
    • What does 'tolerance' mean?
    • What is addiction?
  • Continue reading through the 'Alcoholics Anonymous' section. Now ask and discuss:
    • What is the abbreviation for Alcoholics Anonymous?
    • What is Alcoholics Anonymous?
    • What is the overall purpose of AA?
  • Read through 'The AA Program' section. Ask and discuss:
    • When was AA first started?
    • What does 'sobriety' mean?
    • What is the Twelve Steps program?
    • What are some of the assignments of the Twelve Steps program?
    • What is an open meeting?
    • What is the purpose of a closed meeting?
  • Continue reading through to the end of 'The Road to Sobriety' section. Ask and discuss:
    • What is a sponsor?
    • How is the sponsor helpful to someone new to AA?
    • How is being a sponsor helpful to a person in recovery?
  • Read the 'Lesson Summary' to your students and answer any questions they have.

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