Avoiding Gangs and Gang
Concept: Avoiding gang violence involves not getting involved in gang activity
Purpose: To make students aware of gang violence and ways to avoid becoming involved in gang activity.
Objective: Students will be able to identify ways gang activity harms people and damages property.
1. Tell students that gang violence is a kind of violence that harms people and damages property. It is called gang violence because the destructive acts are carried out by neighborhood or street gangs.
2. Introduce the discussion on gangs by asking students, "How many of you know about gangs in your neighborhood or city? How do gangs let you and other people know of their presence?" (Dress, colors, signs, graffiti, and behavior.) Then tell the students that a gang is a group of people who join together to carry out destructive acts.
3. Ask what kind
of activities gangs are involved in. Call on students to write
their answers on the chalkboard. Answers may include.
4. Sometimes people join gangs for a sense of belonging, to feel special. Tell 5th grade students that they are special. Have the class break up into groups of two or three. They are supposed to interview each other and find out three things that make the others special and unique. Let the groups come up and introduce each other and share what they have learned.
5. Summarize the lesson by explaining that today the class learned that every person has special qualities to feel proud about. By sharing strengths and joining with classmates, the students will help each other and others stay off drugs and out of gangs.
*This lesson used
with permission from DARE Officer Ed Barragan.