Social Health 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 is social health and why is it important for students to understand? This lesson plan uses a video lesson to explain the nature of social health and the behaviors that are involved with it. A role-playing activity gives students a chance to demonstrate understanding.

Learning Objectives

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

  • define 'social health'
  • list the primary characteristics of social health
  • outline the skills necessary for effective communication


  • 1 to 1.5 hours

Curriculum Standards


Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources.


Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.


Identify key steps in a text's description of a process related to history/social studies (e.g., how a bill becomes law, how interest rates are raised or lowered).


Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary specific to domains related to history/social studies.

Key Vocabulary

  • Social health


  • Begin by writing the words 'social health' on the board.
  • Ask the class to explain what factors might be involved with social health, listing them on the board as they go.
  • Play the video lesson What Is Social Health? - Definition & Examples, pausing it at 00:50.
  • Review the definition of social health with the class now.
    • How did we do with listing the factors involved in social health?
    • The video lesson mentioned healthy and satisfying interpersonal relationships as one element of social health. What does it mean to have a satisfying and healthy relationship?
    • Strong communication skills are also mentioned. What does it mean to have strong communication skills?
  • Play the video lesson again and pause it at 2:24.
    • How did we do with listing the qualities involved in a healthy relationship?
    • How important is intimacy in relationships?
  • Play the remainder of the video lesson now.
    • How did we do with listing the characteristics involved with effective communication?
  • Complete the quiz associated with the lesson aloud as a class now, reviewing each question and answer fully.

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