Pressure Points: The Influence of People, Places, and Events

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  • Teaching Techniques

    Pressure Points: The Influence of People, Places, and Events

    Peer Influence

    Identify people, places, and events that influence personal lifestyle.

    Determine influences (people, places, and events) on personal lifestyle.

    Discuss how people are influenced by others to talk, act, think, and dress in certain ways.

    Ask students to give examples of how their lifestyles have been influenced by family members, friends, and other people, including people theyve never met (such as rock musicians and movie stars).

    Have students complete the worksheet, Whose Opinion Counts the Most? Emphasize that students should not write their names on the worksheet. When the worksheets are completed, tabulate the responses and discuss the results. Ask students the following questions:

    Generally speaking whose opinion carries the

    Whose opinion has the least influence? most weight with the class?

    Why do you think certain people influence you

    Do you feel the degree of influence varies with more than others?

    age? Why?

    Grades 9- 12 / Health

    Worksheet: Whose Opinion Counts the Most?

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