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

The instructions for this First Class are written as if Healthy Living 9 students have been exposed to the concept of three types of influences that can affect their decisions around alcohol, cannabis, and other drugs. Consequently, it is brief (five-minute maximum) and serves only as an introduction to the rest of the unit. In the first year that A Question of Influence is used in the Nova Scotia school system (2007-2008), teachers will need to extend the length of time for this introductory class and insert Activity 7.1: Circles of Influence from the grade 7 unit of A Question of Influence. Add instruction points 1 through 3 of that activity to the beginning of this introduction to the grade 9 unit and drop instruction point 1 below. The First Activity at the grade 9 level is a very brief refresher to the concept of influencing factors connected to alcohol, cannabis, and other drug-related decision making. It carries through with the grade 7 Healthy Living curriculum outcome “Identify personal, social, and cultural influences related to alcohol, cannabis, and other drug use (B3.7)” that forms the foundation of this curriculum supplement. It also introduces grade 9 students to the entire unit and sets the stage for an ongoing discussion on alcohol, cannabis, and other drugs. It can be delivered in 5 to 10 minutes and can be combined with Activity 9.1 in the same class session.

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 activity for the First Class.

Checking My Understandings

This section is designed to ensure your familiarity with the First Class. Check your responses to this question 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 Nine?

All done? Please go to Learning Theme One.