Below is the Introduction to
Learning Theme Two, as found in the Curriculum Supplement. Read through the overview for Learning Theme Two.

Learning Theme Two emphasizes that students can be a good resource and positive influence for their peers. It sheds light on an alternative perspective of peer influence by demonstrating how students in the class can be a positive influence on their peers. It also demonstrates how a peer's negative influence and behaviour can lead to positive action on the part of the students.

Students will learn to identify signs of harmful involvement with substances, be able to decide when and how to intervene, and consider how to handle a range of possible responses from a friend (for example, wants help and is willing to access it; knows there is a problem but wants to deal with it without help; doesn't want parents to know; or is denying there is a problem).

The activities in Learning Theme Two have been developed under the assumption that some grade 9 students may find themselves in situations where they have taken a risk or they are with friends who have taken risks that have led to negative consequences, and quick thinking and response are called for to keep everyone safe. Many of the alcohol- and other drug-related risks faced by youth happen in the company of peers and are frequently a result of the behaviour of peers. This learning theme explores risky situations from the perspective of handling both the risks and the role peers play. The entire class will participate in a party during which a number of alcohol- and drug-related issues and potentially negative consequences arise.

Becoming Familiar with the Activities

Using either your hard copy of the supplement or by clicking on the
Learning Theme Two link, read through the time frame and the activities for this learning theme.

Checking My Understandings

This section is designed to ensure your familiarity with Learning Theme Two. Check your responses to these questions before proceeding to the third Learning Theme.

  1. What are the signs and stages of dependence on a substance or behaviour?
  2. How can students help a friend who is having problems with substance use?
  3. How do community-based services support the prevention and treatment of addictions?

All done? Please go to Learning Theme Three.