SEL Curricula: High School Students

The lessons on this page are connected through a theme of SEL. As you review, please check to see if the lessons are standalone or connected to a video found elsewhere on the website. Many focus on the executive function skills necessary to succeed in high school and beyond, and most include one or more articles to analyze and use as the basis for original projects and/or presentations. Check back often, as this page will be updated on a regular basis.

  • Calming Through Guided

    Students practice calming their bodies and minds through a guided imagery exercise and then create their own scripts.

  • Finishing the Year Strong

    Students analyze advice for teachers to finish the school year on a strong note and create a list for themselves and their peers.

  • Good Questions, Part 1

    In small groups, students analyze portions of Dean James Ryan’s 2016 commencement speech to the Harvard Graduate School of Education and teach their findings to the full group.

  • Good Questions, Part 2

    Students either act out a scene or draw a comic strip that applies one of the questions from Dean James Ryan’s 2016 Harvard Graduate School of Education commencement speech to a real life challenge.

  • Life “Mulligan”

    How do we learn and move on from setbacks?

  • Mnemonics Teach One

    Students analyze an article about mnemonics and create 3-5 original mnemonics.

  • Task Initiation

    What are some strategies you can use to improve your task initiation skills?

Marriage and Relationships

Click the button below for the suggested sequence for the Marriage and Relationships curriculum. If this sequence is followed, every few lessons there will be a lesson on communication and conflict resolution within an intimate relationship. Please be aware that subjects involving intimate partner violence and other mature situations are included in the curriculum. Facilitators should prepare accordingly. Some lessons reference other sessions in the “SEL Spotlight” section and where noted were designed as follow up lessons to another “SEL Spotlight” lesson.

Scope and Sequence Guide

  • Personal Beliefs in a Relationship

    What values should be a consideration when choosing an intimate partner?

  • Using “I” Statements

    How can we prevent unnecessary conflict in an intimate relationship using “I” Statements?