ALAS Resilience Builder
This page provides at-a-glance overview of lesson vocabulary, word attention (difficult to read words), specific handouts needed (to be copied), and the homework concept.
Core Concepts in bulleted format are listed for each lesson just behind the title page. Core Concepts prepare the teacher to lead insightful discussions, extend learning and answer a wide range of questions that students may ask. Core Concepts provide the teacher with a broader and deeper understanding of key concepts, skills and insights. It is recommended that the teacher review Core Concepts just prior to teaching the lesson. The bulleted format makes this prep time quick and efficient.
Objectives for each lesson are listed at the top of each lesson.
Application of Learning
These are always questions asking students about how they are applying specific skills and concepts to real life situations they experience. This part of the lesson is key to helping students generalize learning and identify roadblocks they face when trying to apply newly learned skills to their life. Students benefit from listening to how their peers are applying skills. They also benefit by helping their peers solve real life challenges that emerge.
This is the heart of the lesson. The text is generally read aloud by the teacher verbatim but the teacher can also rephrase the text using their own words.
Checking for Understanding
Periodically during the lesson, the teacher is prompted to ask questions that assess whether students have learned concepts sufficiently to think critically about how the skill can be applied in real life various contexts.
Many lessons have a worksheet which gives the student an opportunity to think critically and respond with a deeper understanding of lesson concepts. Additionally, worksheet activities reinforce one or several language arts standards. These activities also provide an opportunity to personalize lesson concepts and skills to individual students because students are asked to give their opinion and explain their answer in the worksheet activity. These worksheets are generally completed by students independently but the teacher may choose to have students work in pairs or cooperative groups to complete the worksheet. Students can really learn from each other, so it is recommended that the teacher take a few minutes to discuss and share student responses to the worksheets.
Review and Reinforcement
Review and Reinforcement varies from lesson to lesson. The purpose is to increase mastery of skills and concepts. Review and Reinforcement includes activities such as presentation and discussion of a curriculum poster, oral quizzing, or specific questioning.
Each lesson has a suggested homework assignment. Homework is very important because it reminds and encourages students to apply learning to their daily lives. Homework consists primarily of asking students to observe for examples of a learning concept in social situations they experience or to practice a specific skill and be ready to report back.
Many lessons include a suggested journal activity. Journal assignments may be completed in class or as homework. Journal activities give each student an opportunity to personalize lesson concepts and engage in self-understanding as well as clarify their feelings and beliefs. Student responses to journal assignments give the teacher valuable information about a student's thinking and feelings that can be used during individual coaching conferences to guide, motivate or empower the student to take full responsibility and mastery over their life.
A powerful concept of the ALAS Resilience Builder curriculum is to empower the student to take full responsibility of their life. This requires that the student develop the capacity for honest self-evaluation of their own performance and learn the habit of self-monitoring. Additionally, research shows that self-monitoring increases progress toward identified goals. Thus, throughout the curriculum, the student is given the opportunity to evaluate their own progress in applying program skills and concepts to their daily life. Self-evaluation is done by having the student periodically rate themselves on a numeric scale using Self-Rating Sheet A, B, C or D. These self-rating sheets can also be used for formative and summative assessment benchmarks as well as part of pre-post program evaluation.