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Lesson Plans

Analyzing Drug-Use Data from Monitoring the Future

Created by : 
The National Institute on Drug Abuse

Using data from the 2019 Monitoring the Future survey on teens’ self-reported use of drugs, this activity is designed to help students in grades 7 through 12 understand how to obtain, analyze, and interpret data, and to argue from evidence. 

What’s In the Lesson Plan: 

  • Data from Monitoring the Future
  • NIDA for Teens’ Stats & Trends in Teen Drug Use
  • NIDA’s Drug Facts for teens

Grade Level(s): 

789101112

Student Skills Targeted: 

  • Calculating percentage change
  • Comparing/interpreting data sets (from line charts, tables, and bar graphs)
  • Reading comprehension
  • Critical thinking

Time / Duration: 

  • 1–2 class periods

Materials: 

  • Computer with Internet access per 1 or 2 students 
  • Paper and pencils/pens 

Alignment with National Standards: 

  • Informed by Common Core State Standards for Math, National Health Education Standards 2 and 3.

Languages: 

  • English