Lesson Plan: Choices, Choices
Considering the Pros and Cons of Peer Pressure

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Grades : 6-12

Subjects : Civics, Fine Arts, Language Arts, Sociology

Lesson Overview

In this lesson, students will consider the impact of peer pressure on adolescent life, and will then debate its pros and cons.

Materials Needed

  • This Is Where I Need To Be – Chapters 3, 10, 12, and 18 connect most strongly to this lesson, as does Quainat Zaman’s personal reflection. Other related chapters are 14 and 22.
  • Jar of beans (jelly beans, coffee beans, lentils, or any other kind you choose)

Activities and Procedures

  1. Warm-up/Conversation Starters
  2. Questions for Class Discussion
  3. Class Project
  4. Homework or Long-term Assignments


Teacher evaluation of classroom participation. Teachers may wish to develop additional rubrics and measures for class projects and longer-term assignments.

National Standards

These academic standards are drawn from the Mid-Continent Research for Education and Learning’s “Content Knowledge: A Compendium of Standards and Benchmarks for K-12 Education: 3rd and 4th Editions.”

Grades 6-12

  • Behavioral Studies Standard 1: Understands that group and cultural influences contribute to human development, identity, and behavior.
  • Behavioral Studies Standard 2: Understands various meanings of social group, general implications of group membership, and different ways that groups function.
  • Language Arts Standard 1: Demonstrates competence in the general skills and strategies of the writing process.
  • Language Arts Standard 7: Demonstrates competence in the general skills and strategies for reading a variety of informational texts.
  • Language Arts Standard 8: Demonstrates competence in speaking Five reasons to teach, This is Where I Need to Be . and listening as tools for learning.

Key Terms

identity, temptations, Muslim youth, Five Pillars, conflict resolution, group behavior, peer pressure

Related Resources

This lesson has related resources that might prove useful along with the book and this lesson plan.

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