The ability to recognize unhealthy relationships may seem like an easy thing for students to do until they find themselves the victim. Being a victim of manipulation causes someone to put up blinders and make excuses for behaviors. They may even feel guilty and at fault for causing the aggressor's behavior. Having students create goals and expectations for relationships is a good preventative measure to becoming a victim.
In this activity, students will create a healthy and unhealthy relationship scenario for three different experiences. The example above shows different couples on a date, going through a crisis, and experiencing something that happens to teens daily. Students are encouraged to develop their own scenarios, but you can modify the activity by providing a few scenarios for students to select from.
Asking students to use different characters for each relationship will help foster new ideas without making one person the victim in every situation. Additionally, it allows students to understand that anyone can be a victim or aggressor. It is important for students to not create themselves or their peers as a victim or an aggressor in any of the situations.
Grade Level 9-12
Difficulty Level 3 (Developing to Mastery)
Type of Assignment Individual or Partner
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Create a storyboard depicting three examples of healthy and unhealthy relationship scenarios.
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