In small groups, students identify and discuss potential challenging scenarios that students their age encounter.


Students will be able to:

  1. Cognitive: Identify possible challenging scenarios they or others their age may face and think through consequences linked to possible actions
  2. Affective: Discuss fears and opportunities related to the scenario


  • Writing utensils and paper
  • Optional: computer or art supplies – markers, glue, paper, scissors, etc.


Time Activity Notes
5 min Opening: Ask students to list challenging situations or scenarios that students their age may face. Possible ideas are parents getting a divorce, finding out a best friend is pregnant or using drugs, finding out a sibling is being bullied, etc. You/they may choose to use a scenario from a movie or popular show rather than a personal example.
5 min Have students work in small groups to create one poster (or page online to share) with five sections. In the top section, they can describe the challenging scenario. The other four sections can be labeled: (1) fears, (2) opportunities, (3) possible actions, (4) consequences linked to each possible action.
25 min In their groups, have students complete each of the sections, noting the fears they may have related to the scenario, opportunities to grow or connect with others, possible actions they may take, and any consequences that may result from those actions. 
15 min Have students walk around the room (or share in a different way) the posters they have created in their groups, giving other groups an opportunity to add to their posters.
10 min Discussion: Have each group give a brief presentation of their poster and ask questions for the rest of the class to answer.

Criteria for Success/Formative Assessment

  • Students reflect on possible difficult scenarios that students their age encounter.
  • Students discuss the fears, opportunities, possible actions, and possible consequences related to that scenario.