Anger Management Lesson Plan

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

What can we do to deal with anger? Two text lessons give students an overview on anger management and an activity allows them to apply what they've learned. Related lessons and extensions are provided for future instruction.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define 'anger'
  • identify different types of anger
  • outline anger management techniques
  • apply anger management techniques to a personal experience with anger


1-2 hours

Curriculum Standards


Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of how key events or ideas develop over the course of the text.


Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary describing political, social, or economic aspects of history/social science.


Compare and contrast treatments of the same topic in several primary and secondary sources.


  • Begin by asking students to recall a time when they felt angry. Have them write down why they were angry along with how they felt physically and emotionally at that time.
  • Now ask students to share their experiences of anger with the class for discussion. Are there differences in the experiences and expression of anger? What could be the reason for these differences?
  • Now have the class read the text lesson What is Anger? - Definition & Types.
  • Using what they learned in the text lesson about the different types of anger, have students label their experience by writing the type of anger they experienced on their papers.
  • Now ask students to read and take notes on the text lesson Anger Management Techniques & Therapy.

Discussion Questions

  • How long do feelings of anger last for most people?
  • What can we do to ease angry feelings?

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