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Creating a Caring Community at Washington High School


Bailey Davilena

Bailey Davilena, English Teacher
Washington High School

Are we stressed at Washington High School?

Students will learn about issues related to the isolation of mental health issues. Students will be able to create a safe space for other students who are experiencing depression, stressor anxiety that is directly affecting their lives.

Main Objectives

  • Students will be able to conduct sustained research over a self-generated question gathering and integrating multiple sources of information. Analysis specifying:
    • Evaluate multiple sources of information and media
    • Assess strengths and limitations of multiple sources of information
    • Synthesize multiple sources on a topic to create a unified whole and understanding
  • Students will be able to write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts analysis:
    • Introduce precise, knowledgeable claim(s), establish the significance of the claim(s)
    • Use valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence
      • Distinguish the claim(s) from alternate or opposing claims
      • Develop claim(s) and counterclaims fairly and thoroughly, supplying the most relevant evidence
      • Point out the strengths and limitations in a manner that anticipates the audience’s knowledge level, concerns, values, and possible biases.
    • Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the argument presented.

Unit Lesson Plan

Unit Overview

Lesson 1: Learning About School Environment and Mental Health Concerns

A presentation of the CDC report will be presented, and we will answer the two questions below.

Key info:

  • Increase of public figure suicides
  • What is a center for disease report?
  • What does the CDC report mean for us?


  • Computer, internet copies of the CDC report

Download Lesson 1 Plan

Lesson 2: Exploring the Emotional Lives of Teenagers

Students will connect the opening with the driving question, goal and objectives. They will complete a reflection sheet and have a discussion.

Key info:

  • Cry for help film
  • Reflection and discussion

Lesson 2 Resources

  • Computer, internet, reflection sheet, journals, and film response sheet.

Download Lesson 2 Plan

Lesson 3: What is Depression?

Students will talk about depression and fill out a worksheet. They will discuss the worksheet and then create a poster.

Key info:

  • Explaining depression
  • How depression is treated
  • Recognizing and deal with depression

Lesson 3 Resources

  • Computer, internet, worksheet, poster materials and markers

Download Lesson 3 Plan

Lesson 4: Other Aspects of Mental Health

In this lesson, we will review discussion from the previous class. Then, students will conduct research on other aspects of mental illness.

Students will be able to:

  • Introducing new concepts relating to mental health


Lesson 4 Resources

  • Computer, internet

Download Lesson 4 Plan

Lesson 5: World Café Strategy/SurveyMonkey

Students will learn what Survey Monkey is. They will take out a brief survey to familiarize students with Survey Monkey. They will evaluate responses and create a new survey.

Key info:

  • Determining which information that had been gathered is more critical than other


Lesson 5 Resources

  • Computer, internet, survey, access to “SurveyMonkey”

Download Lesson 5 Plan


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