In response to published NIDA research topics calling for innovation in educational programs aimed at substance abuse prevention, this project was designed to develop and empirically test a media literacy alcohol and tobacco use prevention curriculum for use with children in grades three through five.
The curriculum contains goals, lesson plan scripts and activities, core connections to related subject areas, homework suggestions, resources, and skill-based evaluation tools. The curriculum was designed to be ready for use in a range of educational settings including elementary schools, home schools, after school programs, faith-based programs, and community-based programs.
During Phase I, the overall structure and goals of the curriculum were developed and outlined. The first three lessons were developed in detail and were delivered to 3rd through 5th grade children in a focus group setting by an experienced teacher. In addition, focus groups and consultations with curriculum developers, 3rd-5th grade teachers, and health educators were conducted to provide feedback about the format, goals, and content of the curriculum. Consumer satisfaction ratings from both the educators and children were extremely positive suggesting that the prototype of the curriculum was promising and ready for further development and completion.