Mental Health Web Quest
Introduction Do you know someone who is stressed out? Are you constantly in a state of stress? What are some of the feelings a person under constant stress feels? How does the body react? What are ways to release the stress in a healthy way? What are some of the unhealthy ways people release stress? Stress levels are on the rise among adolescents for a variety of reasons - parents, friends, school, work, self, money, significant others - and it is having a telling effect on youth today. In this web quest you will research some of the causes of stress among adolescents, what stress does to the body, as well as ways to deal with the stress.
You will become an expert about stress, what it does to the body, and stress management techniques that work. You wil;l also become familiar with negative ways to deal with stress and why they are not healthy manners in which to do so.
Become familiar with the types of stress that student encounter on a daily basis, including, but not limited to:
pressure to fit in with a particular group by adopting their fashion or lifestyle
peer pressure to try drugs or alcohol
conflicts with parents or siblings
testssports / extra-curricular activities
Getting into college
- You will create and perform a 10 slide minimum PowerPoint presentation that illlustrates a stressful or anxiety-inducing situation and provide strategies for coping with the situation.
- You may work in groups of up to two - no more. Students will select one of the topics (see above) that have been/will be discussed in class. Each group will create a presentation that describes their chosen issue and provide a minimum of three ways to cope with the situation in a healthy emotional and/or physical manner and a minimum of three coping strategies that might produce negative results.
The following web sites have useful information about teenage stress, anxiety, and depression. They are a good starting point for exploring this topic (you may use a search engine such as Google or Yahoo or find information as well):
Published by Discovery Education. © 2005. All rights reserved. Reality Matters: Stress and Anxiety Teacher’s Guide 3
- Students should include the following information in their PowerpPoint:
• An overview of the stress-causing situation (e.g., tests, grades)
• Three or four specific instances relating to the situation (e.g., weekly math quiz, the SAT, not keeping up with homework assignments).
• How stress is affecting the teen, such as loss of appetite, loss of sleep, moodiness
• At least three unconstructive ways to cope with the situation.
• At least three constructive ways to cope with the situation.
- Places the teen can turn to to get help or people the teen can turn to for help
• Prediction of outcome or resolution based on coping strategies (positive and negative).
Resources Use the following resources as a tool to guide you as you complete your pamphlet/flyer:
Evaluation This project will be worth 100 points. Grading will be as follows:
|Research (25pts.) |
· answers all tasks - 10 pts
· demonstrates three additional facts - 5 pts
· well-written information - 10 pts
|Content (25pt.) |
· information is accurate and current - 10 pts
· facts are clearly presented - 15 pts
|Organization (25pts.) |
· easy to read lay-out - 15 pts
· logical sequence of information - 10 pts
|Creativity (25pts.) |
. eye-grabbing graphics - 5 pts
· colorful - 5 pts
· neat work - 5
· appeals to target audience (teens) - 5 pts
. easy to follow - 5 pts