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Choosing Friends: Video-Based Empowerment Lesson

Grade Level Grades 3-12
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Career Girls Empowerment Lesson Video Series:
Choosing Friends (1:19 sec)

What does friendship mean to you? Role models in this video share what true friendships are—where to look for them and how to know it when you find them.

You know that school is important. But did you know that your friendships can actually make a big difference in your life, including with your success in school? When it comes to friends, it can be hard to know how to choose them. The role models in this video are here to help. They also offer helpful advice for handling the problems that come up even with the best of friends, including knowing how to say “no” if something doesn’t feel right.

Empowerment Lesson Video: Watch this short video as a jumping-off point for in-depth learning experiences using the resources below.

Fun Page Activity: Is a friend someone you can trust? Should a friend always agree with you? Do friends need to like the same things? This activity lets you decide what is important in the friends you choose!

Independent Learning Guide: Watch the "Friends" video, then use this guide to find information you can use in your own life when you choose friends. Plus, have fun trying out things to say when a friend asks you to do something that is "not so cool." This all-purpose guide can also be used by educators, parents, and mentors to jumpstart a valuable discussion that reinforces tips for choosing friends.

Classroom Lesson Plan: This step-by-step lesson plan is available to guide a more in-depth "before, during, and after" learning experience when viewing the video with students. This lesson plan is also suitable for use in after-school programs and other educational settings.

Standards

Acquire and use accurately a range of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases sufficient for reading, writing, speaking, and listening at the college and career readiness level; demonstrate independence in gathering vocabulary knowledge when encountering an unknown term important to comprehension or expression.
Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.
Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 6 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.
Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 7 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.
Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 8 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.
Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 9–10 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.

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