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Lesson 23: Practicing How to Say NO


This lesson provides further practice in refusal skills. Students practice defending their choice to be tobacco and alcohol free and saying NO through roleplays. They review some guidelines for roleplaying and observe a demonstration roleplay. Then they work in small groups to create and practice roleplays for different pressure situations, using an activity sheet to help them observe and give feedback on the use of refusal skills. They take home a family sheet to help them discuss saying no to tobacco and alcohol pressure with their parents or guardians.

Lesson Objectives

Students will be able to:

  1. 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.
  • Standard 7: Practicing Health-Enhancing Behaviors
  • Performance Indicator 7.5.3: Demonstrate a variety of behaviors to avoid or reduce health risks.
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