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Lesson 22: Saying NO Takes Practice


In this lesson, students learn and practice refusal skills. They discuss the role a coach can play in helping a person get better at something. Then they learn how they can say NO to tobacco and alcohol pressures with their thoughts, words and actions. They practice sharing their reasons for being tobacco and alcohol free, with coaching from the teacher. The teacher models effective ways to say NO and helps students practice. Then they practice a second time, adding body language that can reinforce the NO message.

Lesson Objectives

Students will be able to:

  1. Explain reasons for being tobacco and alcohol free.
  2. Demonstrate effective verbal and nonverbal communication skills to avoid alcohol and tobacco use.

SEL Connection

  • relationship skills

Time: 50 minutes

Healthy Behavior Outcomes

  • AOD-3: Avoid the use of alcohol.
  • T-1: Avoid using (or experimenting with) any form of tobacco.

National Health Education Standards

  • Standard 4: Communication
  • Performance Indicator 4.5.2: Demonstrate refusal skills that avoid or reduce health risks.
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