High School SEL

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.

  • Communication:
    Top Skill Wanted
    Lesson 1 of 4

    Students analyze communication skills through a partner work in an art activity and in discussing an article.

  • Communication:
    Active Listener
    Lesson 2 of 4

    Students participate in active listening exercises and observations.

  • Communication:
    Body Language and Tone
    Lesson 3 of 4

    Students participate in body language and vocal tone exercises.

  • Communication:
    Trio Drawing
    Lesson 4 of 4

    Students put their communications skills to the test in teams of three to draw a picture based on a famous work of art.

  • Being Cool, Part 1

    Students analyze the criteria for being “cool.”

  • Being Cool, Part 2

    Students analyze the criteria for being “cool.”

  • 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.

  • Monitoring Your Time

    What are some strategies you can use to improve your time monitoring skills?

  • Motivation: Pain and Gain,
    Part 1

    Students read an article and interview their teacher about how they think about motivation.

  • Motivation: Pain and Gain,
    Part 2

    Students determine pain and gain motivations in their own lives and write a personal motivating value statement.

  • On Glasses, Fullness, and

    Students try to convince their peers of the best way to develop a strong sense of optimism.

  • Organizing: Design the System

    Why is it important to be and stay organized and how do we do it?

  • Perfectionism Games

    Students participate in improvisation games that teach strategies for dealing with perfectionism.

  • Relational Aggression:
    Mean Girls/Mean Boys

    Why do people participate in relational aggression and what can we do to change it?

  • Social Awareness: The Art of

    What does courtesy look like in different situations?

  • Talk to Your Folks

    In groups, students analyze portions of an article and demonstrate using frameworks for talking with parents and adults.

  • 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

  • Active Listener in a Relationship

    How can someone enhance their relationship with active listening?

  • Body Language and Tone in a Marriage

    Why is understanding body language and tone important in communication in a relationship?

  • Conflict Resolution in a Relationship

    How can conflicts be resolved with an intimate partner?

  • Choosing A Marriage Partners

    What considerations should be made regarding growing to adulthood and choosing a long-term intimate partner/spouse?

  • Courtesy in a Relationship

    How can practicing courtesy support a stronger, more caring relationship?

  • Entering Adulthood

    What should be expected in an intimate relationship as an adolescent enters adulthood?

  • Expectations in a Relationship

    How can you develop positive relationship expectations with an
    intimate partner?

  • Good Questions in a Relationship

    How can good questioning improve communication and lower conflict in an intimate relationship?

  • Healthy Communication in a Relationship

    What are healthy ways to communicate with an intimate partner?

  • Healthy Intimacy in a Relationship

    How can healthy intimate relationships fit into a person’s larger social network?

  • Listening in a Relationship

    How can improving listening skills lower stress in an intimate partner relationship?

  • Marriage in Different Cultures

    What are healthy questions for an intimate partner of a different
    cultural background?

  • 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?