Guided Imagery Lesson Plan

Instructor: Tammy Galloway

Tammy teaches business courses at the post-secondary and secondary level and has a master's of business administration in finance.

Research shows a connection between mind, body, and physical health. This lesson plan allows students to explore guided imagery through a text lesson and quiz, discussions, and a hands-on activity.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this lesson, students should be able to:

  • explain the connection between mind, body, and physical health
  • describe the process and attributes of guided imagery
  • discuss how guided imagery has helped others overcome challenges


60 minutes

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.11-12.4

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including analyzing how an author uses and refines the meaning of a key term over the course of a text (e.g., how Madison defines faction in Federalist No. 10).

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.11-12.5

Analyze in detail how a complex primary source is structured, including how key sentences, paragraphs, and larger portions of the text contribute to the whole.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.11-12.7

Integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information presented in diverse formats and media (e.g., visually, quantitatively, as well as in words) in order to address a question or solve a problem.



  • Begin the lesson by asking students 'What are some benefits of thinking positively when you are in a difficult situation?' Allow them to discuss and share their ideas.
  • Explain that they are going to learn about the relationship between our minds, bodies, and physical health.
  • Distribute the Guided Imagery: Definition & Examples text lesson and select a volunteer to read the 'Old Wisdom, New Again: The Mind/Body Connection' and 'Guided Toward Health' sections out loud. Then give the following discussion prompts:
    • Explain the mind, body, and physical health connection.
    • What is guided imagery?
    • What are the senses used in guided imagery?
    • What are some of the benefits of guided imagery?
  • Choose another student to read the 'A World of Possibilities' and 'A Tool for Many Occasions' sections out loud. Then pose these discussion points:
    • Explain how guided imagery helped Nora.
    • Discuss other areas in which guided imagery may help.
    • Do you believe there are any drawbacks of guided imagery?
    • Think about how you could use guided imagery in your own lives. Are there any areas or situations in which you think this may be helpful? Why or why not?
  • Ask students to read the 'Lesson Summary' independently and quietly.
  • Distribute the lesson quiz. Allow students to work in pairs, and review the answers together.

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