Below is the Introduction to the First Class as found in the Curriculum Supplement. Read through the overview for the First Class.

While many grade 7 students state that they do not intend to use drugs or alcohol, beliefs, attitudes, and behaviours change over the junior high years. According to the Nova Scotia Student Drug Use Survey 2007, only 12 percent of grade 7 students will have used alcohol at least once in the past year, and only 6 percent will have used cannabis. By grade 9, however, 49 percent will have used alcohol at least once, and 31 percent will have used cannabis (according to the 2007 figures). In spite of what students state in grade 7, some will change their behaviour over the next two years. Why is that? In large part, it is because of the increasing influence of new personal, social or interpersonal, and environmental or cultural factors in their lives. The First Class in the grade 7 unit of A Question of Influence introduces students to the types of factors that can influence their decisions regarding alcohol, cannabis, and other drugs. It describes some of the activities of the upcoming weeks and sets the stage for the rest of the unit.

Becoming Familiar with the Activities

Using either your hard copy of the supplement or by clicking on the
First Class link, read through the time frame and the activities for the First Class.

Checking My Understandings

This section is designed to ensure your familiarity with the First Class. Check your responses to these questions before proceeding to the first Learning Theme.

  1. What are the three types of influences that are the foundation of A Question of Influence? What type of influence is emphasized in Grade Seven?

  2. What are the effects of alcohol, cannabis and tobacco on various body systems?

All done? Please go to Learning Theme One.