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Suicide Prevention Lesson Plan

Instructor: Joanne Abramson

Joanne has taught middle school and high school science for more than ten years and has a master's degree in education.

Discussing suicide with your students can be difficult because of its delicate nature, but this lesson plan can help guide your instruction of the topic. Find in it a short video, class discussion prompts, and small-group brainstorms that will teach your students about suicide's risk factors and prevention methods.

Learning Objectives

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

  • List the reasons and triggers for suicide as well as steps to preventing suicide
  • Recognize the signs of a suicidal person
  • Know what to do if they encounter someone who is suicidal

Length

1-1.5 hours

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.9-10.1

Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 9-10 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.9-10.1.C

Propel conversations by posing and responding to questions that relate the current discussion to broader themes or larger ideas; actively incorporate others into the discussion; and clarify, verify, or challenge ideas and conclusions.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.9-10.1.D

Respond thoughtfully to diverse perspectives, summarize points of agreement and disagreement, and, when warranted, qualify or justify their own views and understanding and make new connections in light of the evidence and reasoning presented.

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