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Violence Prevention - Gangs

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.

Gangs — Additional Daily Broadcast Messages - No Lesson Plan
Staying Away From Gangs
Staying Away From Gangs
Gang Retaliation: Revenge

Dealing With Anger: Nonviolence — Additional Daily Broadcast Message - No Lesson Plan

It Begins With You * — A Cherokee folktale helps students understand that we all have good and bad qualities inside us, and each of us can choose which qualities to develop and which qualities to try to overcome. Choosing to "feed" the bad qualities may lead to a life filled with unhappiness and perhaps even violence. Students explore the notion that violence prevention begins within each individual.
Key Ideas: Violence prevention begins inside each of us - We each choose whether or not to cultivate or overcome our negative qualities
Character Traits: Respect - Responsibility - Integrity
Note: This broadcast 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. But most of the time when we get angry, it's 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

Violence in the United States — Additional Daily Broadcast Message - No Lesson Plan

* 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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