Lesson Plan

Self-Calming Strategies to Manage Emotions

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Tweens and teens learn coping skills to help manage strong emotions such as anger, fear, and sadness with a lesson plan that asks them to generate a list of self-calming strategies they use and to consider the suggestions in a short video and a poem. As an exit ticket, class members identify who they can turn to for help managing their emotions.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Post a list of support services available on campus and in the community
  • Preview the video and be prepared to clarify what each of the characters represents
  • Post in the classroom Frank Herbert's "Litany Against Fear"
  • A video of Maya Angelou reading her poem "Life Doesn't Frighten Me" is available on YouTube
Classroom Considerations
  • Angelou's poem is not included in the resource but is available online
  • The lesson provides pupils with a variety of calming strategies they can practice
  • Additional scaffolding may be required for learners to understand the connections between the activities