You be the judge

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Learning and evaluation situations developed by Educ’alcool: a free resource for teachers!

School is an appropriate place to talk about drinking

More than two-thirds of children have their first taste of alcohol before the age of 14. Instead of avoiding the conversation and making alcohol a mystery, which merely makes it more attractive, it’s better to talk to kids about drinking early on. While parental behaviour has the greatest influence when it comes to children’s relationship to alcohol, teachers can play a pivotal role by helping Éduc’alcool achieve its educational objectives.

The school program “You Be the Judge” is now available in the form of downloadable “learning and evaluation situations” (LES). These modules are comprehensive and free. They follow the progression of learning from one grade to the next and allow teachers to evaluate student skills in keeping with the Québec Education Program developed by the Ministère de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement supérieur. Each LES was created for one 75-minute period (or more), and includes the following:

  • a Teacher’s Guide
  • a Student Workbook
  • Grading and evaluation charts
  • other documents related to the LES

Designed for teachers and other educators from elementary grade 5 through secondary 5, these LES modules can be used to talk about alcohol and drinking within the context of topics covered in Ethics and Religious Culture, English Language Arts, and Science and Technology. The content of “You Be the Judge” touches on the following broad areas of learning: Health and Well-Being, Environmental Awareness and Consumer Rights and Responsibilities, Media Literacy, and Citizenship and Community Life.

The goal of the program is to:

  • delay the start of drinking as long as possible;
  • show young people how to distinguish between abusive and moderate drinking;
  • help them learn responsible behaviour when faced with peer pressure;
  • help them understand that you don’t have to drink to have fun;
  • help them become critical, informed consumers.

The content of the program reflects the reality of the students’ world and is intended to help them develop their critical thinking and a sense of identity. The activities in each module encourage students to express their opinions and take action with a focus on two main aspects:

  • understanding the impact of alcohol on growth and development in the human body;
  • developing responsible behaviour to resist outside influences and peer pressure.

 

Outline of the learning and evaluation situation (LES) for each grade

 

  • Elementary

    Elementary Grade 5

    LES - Ethics and Religious Culture

    Understanding Influences and Asserting Yourself
    In order for students to learn how to assert themselves and make decisions, they need to be aware of the different kinds of influences that surround them and how they are affected by them. Four situations are presented for discussion to help students recognize how other people and the media can influence their decisions.

    Understanding Influences and Asserting Yourself
    In order for students to learn how to assert themselves and make decisions, they need to be aware of the different ...

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  • Elementary

    Elementary Grade 6

    LES - Ethics and Religious Culture

    Being Prepared to Handle Peer Pressure
    As students prepare to enter high school, they continue to examine the role of influences in determining their behaviour and reflect on how much peer pressure matters to them. A game about influences and a comic strip called “Who’s Right?” get students thinking about the kinds of influence they are subject to and how they can assert themselves, particularly when alcohol is around.

    Being Prepared to Handle Peer Pressure
    As students prepare to enter high school, they continue to examine the role of influences in determining their behaviour and ...

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  • Secondary

    Secondary 1

    LES - Ethics and Religious Culture

    Autonomy and Dependence: The Freedom to Choose
    This module pursues the themes of autonomy and dependence. Students learn to distinguish between wants and needs, while case studies encourage reflection on notions, concepts and values related to drinking, particularly with regard to social and commercial issues.

    Autonomy and Dependence: The Freedom to Choose
    This module pursues the themes of autonomy and dependence. Students learn to distinguish between wants and needs, while ...

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  • Secondary

    Secondary 2

    LES - Ethics and Religious Culture

    Autonomy and Dependence: Staying in Control
    Students learn to identify the factors that can lead to dependent behaviour and a loss of autonomy, becoming aware that there are different ways to be dependent and independent. They follow up by producing an awareness document about self-esteem and influence, particularly as concerns drinking.

    Autonomy and Dependence: Staying in Control
    Students learn to identify the factors that can lead to dependent behaviour and a loss of autonomy, becoming aware that ...

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  • Secondary

    Secondary 3

    LES - Science and Technology

    Putting Alcohol to the Test of Science
    Using fictional situations involving parties, students discuss the impact of alcohol on the human body (the material world and the living world), looking specifically at the digestive, respiratory, circulatory, excretory and nervous systems. Activities in the module lead them to think about healthy behaviours as they approach drinking age.

    Putting Alcohol to the Test of Science
    Using fictional situations involving parties, students discuss the impact of alcohol on the human body (the material world and ...

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  • Secondary

    Secondary 4

    LES - Ethics and Religious Culture and English Language Arts

    Making Decisions
    Students consider the role of the media in their environment, reflecting on the ambivalent nature of human beings and the ethical dilemmas that can arise in the decision-making process. They are asked to assess the positive and negative effects of media messages and to take a position on how Éduc’alcool can best promote responsible drinking behaviour among young people.

    Making Decisions
    Students consider the role of the media in their environment, reflecting on the ambivalent nature of human beings and the ethical dilemmas that can ...

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  • Secondary

    Secondary 5

    LES - Ethics and Religious Culture and English Language Arts

    Aligning Your Actions with Social Values
    Against the backdrop of all the excitement around grad night and after-grad parties, students examine the theme of tolerance (indifference, accountability, freedom). They view a PowerPoint presentation based on the short video “Trop chaud pour être hot” (Too hammered to be hot) and then discuss drinking and the influence of their peers. Finally, they are required to create an awareness campaign on the subject of drinking.

    Aligning Your Actions with Social Values
    Against the backdrop of all the excitement around grad night and after-grad parties, students examine the theme of tolerance ...

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