Assignment Instructions


The fact sheets give you an understanding of the risky behaviors in which our students are participating in our state.
Reading #2: High Risk Behaviors to Watch for in Adolescents from the Texas Children’s Hospital at
This article introduces some of the most common adolescent high-risk behaviors including sexual activity, substance abuse, cigarette smoking, preventable injury and violence, including self-harm.
Reading # 3: Youth tobacco smoking rate putting millions at risk of premature death from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at
Life expectancy decreases by 13 years on average for heavy smokers compared to people who have never smoked. Moderate smokers (fewer than twenty cigarettes a day) lose an estimated 9 years, while light (intermittent) smokers lose 5 years.
Reading #4: Youth Risk Behavior Survey Results and Trends Report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) at
The CDC monitors priority health behaviors and experiences among high school students across the country. The Youth Risk Behavior Survey results help in understanding the factors that contribute to the leading cause of illness, death and disability among youth and young adults. (Alternate file source)
Prior to the start of Activity #1 and Activity #2, please review the Session One Project Template and the Session One Project Rubric.
Citations for all activities are to include titles, authors or publishers, complete website addresses (including http://; URLs must be active hyperlinks which link directly to websites), and dates of publication. Resources cited must have been published within the last five (5) years. The Citation Machine may be used to create citations. Fill in your information to create a citation that can be copied and pasted into documents.
Activity #1: How does smoking cigarettes affects one’s life expectancy?
How is the life expectancy affected by the age that a person starts smoking?
Research the life expectancy of a non-smoker, an occasional smoker, and a 1, 2, and 3 pack a day smoker.
The following resource may be helpful: University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics Authority. “Health Information.” UW Health, University of Wisconsin Madison, Sept. 2018 at
At least two different resources are to be used. You may elect to reference information from the session readings or research for further resources.
Activity # 2: Prepare an information pamphlet for your students outlining five (5) high-risk behaviors of adolescents and how to avoid these risks. Smoking is to be included as one of the high-risk behaviors. A minimum of five (5) copyright images are present in the pamphlet. The pamphlet must be a least three pages (trifold). You finalized pamphlet is to be saved as a Word document or a PDF. If PowerPoint is used to create the pamphlet, the file must be saved as a PDF.
You may elect to reference information from the session readings or research for further resources.
Please post your original reflections referencing, in your own words, specific session readings and activities by Sunday night. Then, respond thoughtfully to at least two of your colleagues’ original postings in a respectful, professional manner by Monday night making sure to extend or expand the conversation by adding new ideas or examples. Finally, log in and determine that you have read all the original messages and at least half (50%) of the total messages posted for the session by Tuesday night.
Discussion #2: Upload your Session One Project Template and Session One Pamphlet to Discussion #2 by Sunday evening for peer-review by a colleague.
Use the Session One Peer-Review Rubric to review one colleague’s Session One Project and Pamphlet by Monday night. (This peer-review rubric is a modified version of the project rubric you reviewed before you began your project.) Please use the following Rubric Review Help Guide as a resource prior to completing and posting your review. Highlight the items in the “Satisfactory” column on the peer-review rubric that meet expectations. Make remarks in the “Comments” column about items that need improvement. Also, add any areas that are exemplary in the “Comments” column.
Please provide your peer-review response to a colleague who has yet to receive feedback in this session.
Attach your completed peer-review with your comments as a response to this colleague’s initial Discussion #2 post.
Link Check All links in this course are checked regularly; however, the Web is an ever-changing medium, and at times links can go down without our noticing. (Please Note: If you find a broken link WITHIN a reading or resource, only the owners of the website or article where the link is found can repair their own internal links). Report a broken link within the course to . Please give the specific location of the broken link including course title, session number, the name of the website, and location of the broken link within the session.


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