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By Jay Gestwicki, Sara Sklaroff & Christy J. Zink — April 01, 1993 4 min read

Following is a list of selected resources on adolescent issues that teachers and their students may find useful.

Critical Issues.

Critical Issues: Readings for Thinking and Writing. This series of six 32-page paperback workbooks is designed to generate discussion and writing by students on complex issues. Covering such subjects as HIV and AIDS, divorce, self-esteem, alcohol, teen pregnancy, and suicide, the books include thought-provoking excerpts from the works of a wide range of contemporary and classical authors. Cost: $2.50 for each student book; $4.95 for teacher’s guide. Bulk rates available. Contact: American Guidance Service, 4201 Woodland Road, Circle Pines, MN 550141796; (800) 328-2560.

Sexual Harassment.

Sexual Harassment and Teens: A Program for Positive Change. This 160-page paperback offers junior high and high school teachers a structured program for discussing sexual harassment in the classroom. The book provides case studies and discussion questions about gender roles and examines definitions, causes, and possible means of harassment prevention. It also includes guidelines for developing a sexual harassment policy in your school. Cost: $17.95. Contact: Free Spirit Publishing, 400 First Ave. N., Suite 616, Minneapolis, MN 55401; (800) 735-7323.


Selling Addiction. This kit, prepared by the Center for Media and Values, alerts students to the advertising strategies of tobacco and alcohol companies. Discussion questions and activities encourage students to identify the oft-hidden messages of the ads they see, hear, and read every day. A videotape segment, hosted by actress Michael Learned, analyzes commercials and advertising techniques. Cost: $39.95 each. Shipping and handling additional. Contact: Center for Media and Values, 1962 S. Shenandoah St., Los Angeles, CA 90034; (310) 559-2944.


The Save-Your-Life Glossary of Alcohol, AIDS, Drug, and Tobacco Terms. This 38-page paperback provides definitions for HIV-, AIDS-, and drug-related terms, from acetone (a solvent found in such materials as nail polish remover that is sometimes used as an inhalant) to withdrawal. Also included are definitions of common drug-culture slang. Cost: $1.95 for teacher’s guide; $29.80 for 20 student booklets; $14.90 for additional packages of 10. Add $6 for shipping and handling. Contact: Curriculum Associates, 5 Esquire Road, North Billerica, MA 01862-2589; (800) 225-0248.


Talk about Sex. This 46-page booklet answers students’ questions about sex and related issues, including safe sex and AIDS. The booklet lets kids know that the questions they have about sexuality are a normal part of growing up. Cost: $2 each; $1.75 each for five to 49 copies; $1.50 each for 50 to 100 copies; $1.25 each for orders of more than 100. Shipping and handling is included. Contact: SIECUS, 130 West 42nd St., Suite 2500, New York, NY 10036-7901.


Talking with Teens. This 27-minute videotape, hosted by actress/ comedian Jane Curtin, offers frank information about HIV and AIDS. Combining conversations with young people, parents, and AIDS experts, the video portrays how the AIDS crisis impacts teenagers and what parents, in particular, can do about it. Cost: $100, plus shipping and handling. Contact: Impact AIDS, 3692 18th St., San Francisco, CA 94110; (415) 861-3397.


Risky Business. This 20-page comic book is designed to teach students about HIV and AIDS. In two separate stories, characters learn how the virus is transmitted and how to prevent its spread. The book also includes questions and answers and a glossary of terms. Cost: $1 each for the first nine copies; 75 cents each for 10 to 99 copies; 60 cents each for more than 100. Shipping and handling additional. Contact: Impact AIDS, 3692 18th St., San Francisco, CA 94110; (415) 861-3397.

Learning Disabilities.

What Do You Mean I Have a Learning Disability? This 48-page hardback tells the story of Jimmy, a 10-year-old boy who learns that he has a learning disability. As the story progresses, Jimmy finds out what this ``difference” means and begins special classes that help him finally feel smart again. Cost: $14.95, plus $3 shipping and handling, for the first book and 75 cents for each additional book. Contact: Walker and Co., 720 Fifth Ave., New York, NY 10019; (800) 289-2553.


Bringing up Parents. This 276page hardback offers advice on how teens can resolve conflicts with parents and help create a healthier home environment. Cost: $12.95. Contact: Free Spirit Publishing, 400 First Ave. N., Suite 616, Minneapolis, MN 55401-1724; (800) 735-7323.

Interpersonal Conflicts.

Peer Mediation. This program is designed to help teachers show middle and high school students how to resolve conflicts and problems they have with friends, parents, and teachers. The program includes a 160-page teacher’s guide and student manuals. Cost: $23.95 for the teacher’s guide; $9.95 each for student manuals ($8.95 each for orders of 10 or more). Contact: Research Press, 2612 N. Mattis Ave., Champaign, IL 61821; (217) 352-3273.


Thinking about Abortion. This HyperCard-based software program helps students understand the many sides of the abortion issue. Students can use the program to research the complex arguments surrounding abortion and compose a well-rounded essay. The software offers copious biblio- graphical references. Cost: $29.95 each, plus 5 percent shipping and handling. Bulk rates available. Contact: Chariot Software Group, 3659 India St., San Diego, CA 92103; (619) 298-0202; (800) CHARIOT.

A version of this article appeared in the April 01, 1993 edition of Teacher as Extra Credit