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Violence Prevention

There is evidence to suggest that when a student feels connected at school he or she is less likely to engage in risky behaviors. School connectedness provides an important protective factor against harmful situations and events, such as exposure to violence. An important part of feeling connected is feeling valued as individuals. The Project Wisdom materials can open up a dialogue with students, demonstrate caring and concern for them as individuals, and help foster school connectedness.

It Begins With You * — Anger is a natural part of life. In this message and lesson plan, students learn that they can do their part in making the school a safer place by learning to manage their own anger. Students can also learn how to be respectful, patient, and self-controlled and discover healthy ways to control that anger.
Key Idea: Anger management
Character Traits: Respect - Patience - Kindness - Self-control
Note: This message and lesson plan also work well for National Youth Violence Prevention Week.

Underneath the Anger —Sometimes, getting angry is the right thing to do, like when we get angry at some terrible wrong that has been committed. Other times it can be because we are hurt or afraid. Students examine some of the underlying emotions that can create anger, their responsibility for addressing those root causes, and ways to deal appropriately with those feelings.
Key Ideas: Dealing with Anger - Underlying Causes of Anger
Character Traits: Respect - Responsibility

* Materials with an asterisk (*) relate to Violence Prevention and are also related to a calendar event. These same materials can also be found under Calendar Events.

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