Peer Pressure Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Teach students what peer pressure is and the types they may experience with this lesson plan. After watching or reading the lesson, students will share experiences and apply concepts to an activity.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define 'peer pressure'
  • explain types of peer pressure


  • 45 minutes for the lesson
  • Time for role-playing


  • Copy of the lesson quiz to give orally
  • Chart paper
  • Markers

Key Vocabulary

  • Peer
  • Peer pressure

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.8.2

Determine a central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to supporting ideas; provide an objective summary of the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.8.3

Analyze how a text makes connections among and distinctions between individuals, ideas, or events (e.g., through comparisons, analogies, or categories).

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.8.1

Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 8 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.


  • Connect students with the topic by listing the factors that determine teen drug usage listed in the article image and asking them to rank the factors from least to most influential. When finished, give students the correct answers and discuss.
  • Tell students they will be learning what peer pressure is and differing types. Briefly share prior knowledge (students will have more opportunities to share experiences later).
  • Next, begin watching the lesson What is Peer Pressure? - Definition & Explanation.
  • Pause after the first section 'Definition' together. Define terms, then divide students into small groups. Present the following questions to groups, allowing them to discuss and share before answering as a class.
    • Are peers always or only friends? Explain.
    • Does peer pressure only apply to negative events, or can you be pressured by peers in positive ways?
    • How can peers apply pressure?
    • What types of ways have peers applied pressure to you?
  • Next, continue the video and pause after the section 'Types of Peer Pressure.' Distribute markers and chart paper to groups and instruct them to make a chart listing positive and negative types of peer pressure they can think of or have discussed.
  • Continue the video and pause after the section 'Who Experiences Peer Pressure'. And this section as a column to their chart.
  • Finish the video lesson before moving on to the lesson quiz. Have each group decide upon an answer together. After the quiz, review and discuss the correct answers.

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