Lesson Plan Plan: Choices, Choices
Considering the Pros and Cons of Peer Pressure
The following websites and organizations can provide additional background information and lesson ideas.
An article in The Guardian about Solomon Asch’s famous peer pressure experiment in the 1950s.
Classroom resources on peer pressure from eMints National Center.
“Peer Pressure Marketing,” by Thessaly La Force
Article about Youth Radio poll which found that peer pressure is the most effective form of marketing.
“The ABCs of Conflict Resolution”
This useful lesson plan from “Teaching Tolerance” looks at the way in-group favoritism hurts instead of heals conflicts.
Does My Head Look Big in This, by Randa Abdel-Fattah
In this novel (Scholastic, 2008), 16-year-old Amal makes the decision to start wearing the hijab and must deal with peer pressure from strangers and her community.
I Believe In...Christian, Jewish, and Muslim Young People Speak About Their Faith, by Pearl Fuyo Gaskins
This collection (Cricket Books, 2004) features interviews with and profiles of 15- to 24-year-olds on the personal meaning of their faiths.
Dear Author: Letters of Hope, edited by Joan Kaywell
In this 2007 compilation of letters (Philomel, 2007), teen writers write to and receive replies from top young adult authors about the toughest issues they face, including peer pressure, bullying, and ostracism.