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Lesson 10: Understanding Fights


In this lesson, students explore the reasons behind physical fighting. They complete an activity sheet that surfaces their thoughts and feelings about why people might fight, and read and discuss two articles about common reasons for fighting and good reasons not to fight. Then they revisit their earlier thinking about fights and complete an activity sheet based on what they’ve learned.

Note: Gang involvement and gang violence are complex subjects that cannot be adequately addressed or resolved as part of a single lesson about violence and fighting. If gang activity is a problem at your school, there are comprehensive, targeted programs that can be implemented to address the issue. Check with your school or district administration.

Lesson Objectives

Students will be able to:

  1. Identify situations that might lead to fighting. 
  2. Identify reasons for not fighting.
  3. Describe how participation in gangs can lead to fighting.

SEL Connection

  • social awareness
  • relationship skills

Time: 45 minutes

Healthy Behavior Outcomes

  • V-4: Avoid engaging in violence, including sexual harassment, coercion, exploitation, physical fighting, and rape.
  • V-5: Avoid situations where violence is likely to occur.
  • V-6: Avoid associating with others who are involved in or who encourage violence or criminal activity.

National Health Education Standards

  • Standard 1: Comprehending Concepts
  • Performance Indicator 1.5.4: Describe ways to prevent common childhood injuries and health problems.
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