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Coping Skills Lesson Plan

Instructor: Kevin Newton

Kevin has edited encyclopedias, taught history, and has an MA in Islamic law/finance. He has since founded his own financial advice firm, Newton Analytical.

Your students likely already know what stress is, but this lesson plan will help them cope with it more effectively. It focuses not only on academic and work stress, but also how other factors can cause someone to have too much stress.

Lesson Objective

This lesson plan will help your students be better able to:

  • describe sources of stress in their own lives
  • analyze those sources of stress to see what they can do to decrease them


60 minutes

Curriculum Standards


Determine the central ideas or conclusions of a text; summarize complex concepts, processes, or information presented in a text by paraphrasing them in simpler but still accurate terms.


Analyze the author's purpose in providing an explanation, describing a procedure, or discussing an experiment in a text, identifying important issues that remain unresolved.

Key Vocabulary

  • Stress
  • Academic stress
  • Test anxiety
  • Stress at work
  • Endorphins


  • First, start this lesson by asking students what stresses them out. As the discussion progresses, write common stressors on the board.
  • When the list on the board is complete, ask students if stress can be controlled. Explain that indeed it can and that today's lesson will focus on teaching them how.
  • Now watch the lesson Coping with Stress: Techniques, Attitudes & Reducing Exposure, focusing on key terms and the following ideas from the video:
    • 0:41 - What is the real definition of stress? By just learning the definition, what can we already tell about stress in relation to 'getting worked up over everything'?
    • 2:53 - How can preparation beyond studying help you deal with academic stress? What are some examples of this?
    • 4:09 - Why do you think it's so important to follow specific steps when dealing with stress at work? Why is cooling off so important, for example?
    • 5:58 - What are some ways of dealing with stress in general? Why do you think these have so much in common with just remaining healthy?

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