For students aged 14-18
High School Kit 1 begins the high school curriculum for Grade 9, followed by High School Kit 2, High School Kit 3, and High School Kit 4 for Grades 10–12 respectively. While the kits are in a numerical sequence, it is not always important to use them in that order. The kits are very different from each other and can be mixed and matched to serve particular goals and needs.
Additionally, the organization of the high school kit instructor’s manuals is different from the other grade level manuals. Each topic has a set of three lessons: positive thoughts, positive actions and positive feelings. The “Positive Thoughts” lessons lay out the concepts of the topic, the “Positive Actions” are activities that apply to the concept, and the “Positive Feelings” lessons are reflections on the thoughts and actions and often include the Student Text, Guide to a Positive Life that carries on the conversation from the Positive Thoughts and Positive Actions lessons with thought-provoking questions.
Unit 1 introduces the overarching theme “Life’s Big Question: Who Am I?” for all four of the high school kits. All kits carry out this same theme but with very different approaches. Unit 1 in High School Kit 1 uses a poster to point out that throughout history great thinkers have posed this question, from Plato and Socrates to Thomas Jefferson, Susan B. Anthony, Mark Twain, Helen Keller, Martin Luther King, Jr., Maya Angelou, and many more. Students learn to ask themselves this question in order to work towards becoming the person they want to be.
Unit 2 addresses students’ physical and intellectual selves. Physically, they learn positive actions for good health: nutrition, exercise, sleeping enough as well as important safety issues—things like inattentive driving, using drugs and/or alcohol, smoking cigarettes/vaping and not wearing sunscreen. In relationships, students learn whom to trust, and how to avoid peer pressure, bullying. Intellectually, students learn an effective approach to problem solving and decision-making based on whether their contemplated solutions meet the test of positive actions for their whole self.
Unit 3 advises them on how to be good managers of their time, energy, talents, money and possessions as well as their emotions. They learn what an incredible range of emotions they have with specific positive actions to manage them. Unit 4 guides students to develop a Code of Conduct based on treating others the way they like to be treated. They list ways they personally like to be treated and come to realize they are common to everyone.
Unit 5 focuses on being honest with yourself and others. Students learn to think honestly about their strengths and weaknesses and how to do what they say they will do. Unit 6 seeks to teach students to set goal targets and achieve them with positive actions. They learn to believe in their potential and that it takes courage to try but they can be brave and they can persevere when the going gets tough. It is all worth it though, because it leads to their main goal—success and happiness.
All classroom kits include materials for 30 students.