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It's Your Choice - Analyzing Influences 7th Grade

It's Your Choice - Analyzing Influences logoIt's Your Choice - Analyzing Influences 7th Grade is an all-new, interactive and engaging skills-based course that focuses on teaching students the skill of analyzing influences alongside concepts related to alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs prevention.  In this uniquely blended course, students will be guided through lessons by a group of characters as they learn about influences, common types of drugs, the short and long term health impacts of drug use, as well as other potential consequences of choosing to use or not use drugs.

As they move through the course, they will learn about the different types of influences in their lives, including internal and external influences, media and technology, and social norms, and they’ll be given opportunities to practice analyzing these influences in different scenarios. Along with the analyzing influences content, students will also learn about different drugs, types of drugs, and the impact they can have on overall health and wellness. They’ll hear from students about why they chose not to drink or use drugs, practice identifying different types of alcohol advertisements, and reflect on what they’ve learned by completing some real-life scenarios to determine what influences had an impact on various health decisions.

Delivery Method

In this self-directed course, the delivery method is blended, utilizing a combination of online lessons and activities, and offline classroom activities.

Target Course Length

The target course length is approximately 4 to 5 hours, including online time, and offline time for classroom activities.


After completing It's Your Choice - Analyzing Influences 7th Grade, in its entirety, students will be able to:

  • Understand health risks associated with substance use.
  • Define the skill of analyzing influences.
  • Analyze the impact of external influences on health behavior.
  • Summarize the steps of the analyzing influences skill.
  • Summarize the negative consequences of using alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs.
  • Determine reasons why people choose to use or not use alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs.
  • Explain how personal values and beliefs influence behaviors.
  • Analyze how influences of peers affect behavior.
  • Analyze how media advertisements influence behavior.
  • Explain how perceptions of norms influence healthy and unhealthy behaviors.

Sample Activity

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Media Influence and Alcohol Use lesson

In this lesson, students will learn about media, technology, media literacy, and the different ways that companies try to appeal to their target audience.

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