Dealing with Peer Pressure - 3

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Definition: Peer Pressure is when an individual close to your age attempts to influence your decisions in a positive or negative way.

Discussion Points

  • Is all peer pressure negative?
  • How should we handle peer pressure?
  • Belonging to a group can be a positive experience.
  • Belonging to a group can also be a negative experience.

Review Discussion Points:

Possible activities to review the discussion point:


  • Have students work independently/small groups/pairs to develop a list of different statements addressing discussion points.
  • As a group, students brainstorm different examples of peer pressure and in what setting they might experience peer pressure.
  • Have students share statements on their list.
  • 60 Second Paper:

    • Share discussion points with students.
    • Give the students 60 seconds to write down any thoughts, ideas, experiences or questions they may have regarding the topic.
    • Have students share what they have written or collect the papers and discuss content anonymously.

Activity 1: Scenario

Discuss with the class peer pressure is when an individual close in age attempts to influence their decisions in a positive or negative way. Explain that positive peer pressure can encourage you to make positive choices. Negative peer pressure is the opposite, and may lead you into danger or unlawful activity. Read the scenario and decide if the scenario demonstrates positive or negative peer pressure.

Materials Needed:
  • Scenarios

Scenario 1: You are getting a very low grade in science class. Your friend encourages you to seek a tutor and spend more time studying.

Scenario 2: You’re at a convenience store with a friend and he asks you to take a bag of chips for him. He keeps pressuring you to do so.

Scenario 3: You have a big math test. Your friend has math class before you and brings you a copy of the test for you to see. The friend tells you you’re stupid if you don’t take it.

Scenario 4: You are trying out for the basketball team. You have been struggling with keeping up with the running you do during warm ups. Your friend encourages you to go for a run with him on Saturday.

Activity 2: Escapes

When peer pressure comes, it is good to have a few quick responses to help you “escape” difficult situations. Read the scenario to the group. Develop a few phrases to help you “escape” each situation.

Materials Needed:
  • Student Activity Sheet A - 1 per student
  • Pencil for each student

Scenario 1: Your friend wants you to pretend you’re his mom and call him in sick to school.

Scenario 2: You have had a bad day at school. Your friend invites you over to “help.” Once at your friend’s house, she offers you a beer.

Scenario 3: You’re at the grocery store with friends. One of them hides a candy bar in your bag without paying for it.

Scenario 4: Your friend needs money. They ask you to take $20 from your mom's purse.

Scenario 5: A group of friends in math class obtained the answers to tomorrow's test. They encourage you to take it and use it to study.

Activity 3: Personal Narrative

Allow students time to complete student activity sheet A. Seek volunteers to share when finished.

Materials Needed:
  • Student Activity Sheet A - 1 per student
  • Pencil for each student

Script Writing and Animation

Script Prompt: Develop a script and create an animation that includes two characters in a setting related to the problem. The dialogue between the characters must include:

  • Create a scenario in which one character is encouraging the other character to make a negative/unacceptable choice by applying peer pressure, the character who has to make a choice expresses his/her concern about agreeing to their peer, the character tells the peer he/she will not agree to take part in the situation, use of appropriate ways to end the conversation.
  • Materials Needed:
    • White board/chalk Board or Chart Paper
    • Markers
    • Script sheet for each group
    • Pencil for each student

    Script Writing Practice: Teacher led discussion of script creation. As a whole/small group, write both an appropriate and inappropriate versions of the script. In small groups or individually, have the students independently create scripts using the prompts above.

    Independent Script Recording: Pair students to complete 2 scripts together using the same script prompt detailed above. Direct students to take turns being character one and character two.

    Animation Creation: Have students record their scripts using the SiLAS software. Remember to name and save their work. Premiere the movies with the group members at the end of each session.

    Lesson Extension: Incorporate ELA standards by discussing both spoken and written grammar rules (dialogue punctuation, correct verb tense, sentence structure, parts of a story; character, setting, problem, solution). Consider using both the final animation and written script as an ELA grade/assignment.

    Lesson Review

    Allow students to complete the student lesson review sheet

    Materials Needed:
    • Student Lesson Review Sheet - 1 per student
    • A pencil for each student

    Allow students time to complete the student lesson review. Discuss answers when finished.


    Go to only student curriculum

    Student Activity Sheet A

    Directions: Think of a time you were in a situation where you experienced peer pressure. How did you handle it?

    Student Lesson Review Sheet

    Directions: Answer the questions.

    1. An example of positive peer pressure is:

    2. An example of negative peer pressure is: