Pleasure is the motivation for many things people do in life. One of the many ways people choose to experience pleasure is by using drugs, whether it is caffeine, tobacco, cannabis or alcohol. Yet, seeking pleasure is something that we are sometimes made to feel guilty about. This is particularly true when it comes to drugs.
So why might it be important to talk about pleasure in the context of drug use? Well, it turns out that, for all of us, our motivations operate within a tension between short-term pleasure and long-term goals. Furthermore, the pleasures of drug use are inextricably bound up with its risks. We cannot effectively talk about the one without the other. This lesson plan aims to engage students to think more critically about the concepts of pleasure, pain and risk related to drug use and to explore why pleasure is often missing from the conversation about drugs. This helps equip students to make more informed choices in their pursuit of pleasure.
English Language Arts 11/12 – Composition/New Media/English Studies
The exploration of text and story deepens our understanding of diverse, complex ideas about identity, others, and the world
People understand text differently depending on their worldviews and perspectives
Questioning what we hear, read, and view contributes to our ability to be educated and engaged citizens
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Think critically, creatively, and reflectively to explore ideas within, between, and beyond texts personal, social, and cultural identities
Identify and understand the role of personal, social, and cultural contexts, values, and perspectives in texts
Construct meaningful personal connections between self, text, and world
Respectfully exchange ideas and viewpoints from diverse perspectives to build shared understandings and extend thinking
Use writing and design processes to plan, develop, and create engaging and meaningful texts for a variety of purposes and audiences
Transform ideas and information to create original texts, using various genres, forms, structures, and styles
Experiment with genres, forms, or styles of creative and communicative texts
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