Gaming Addiction Lesson Plan

Instructor: Kerry Gray

Kerry has been a teacher and an administrator for more than twenty years. She has a Master of Education degree.

This lesson plan is a tool for helping students learn about addictive behavior, particularly in relationship to video games. Students will recognize the signs and symptoms of internet gaming disorder as well as treatment options.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson on video game addiction, students will be able to:

  • Ask and answer questions about internet gaming disorder
  • Identify symptoms of internet gaming disorder in case studies
  • Describe treatment options for addictive behavior and each of the steps in a 12-step program


90 minutes

Common Core Curriculum Standards


Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of science and technical texts, attending to the precise details of explanations or descriptions.


Determine the central ideas or conclusions of a text; trace the text's explanation or depiction of a complex process, phenomenon, or concept; provide an accurate summary of the text.


Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 9-10 texts and topics.


  • 12-step program
  • addiction
  • American Psychiatric Association
  • internet gaming disorder
  • symptoms
  • temptation


  • Copies of the lesson quiz
  • Copies of the text lesson
  • Paper
  • Pencils
  • Access to computers/internet research sites
  • Chart paper
  • Markers
  • Case studies


  • Preview vocabulary with students.
  • Begin reading as a class: Video Game Addiction: Treatment, Symptoms & Statistics as a class. Pause and discuss the following questions when appropriate:
    • Why isn't an internet gaming disorder considered a formal disorder by the American Psychiatric Association?
    • What are the symptoms of video game addiction?
    • What is the difference between someone who likes to play video games and someone who might have an addiction?
    • How is internet gaming disorder like an eating disorder?
    • What are some ways that internet gaming disorder can be treated?
    • Turn and talk: Do you know anyone who might have internet gaming disorder? Why do you think so?
  • Ask if there are any questions, then give the students the lesson's printable quiz worksheet to check for understanding.
  • Check the answers as a class.


Case Studies

Materials: Copies of text lesson, case studies, paper, pencils

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