by Meenaskshi Prabhune
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At The Head of Her Class, and Homeless
- NPR Staff
In June 2014, NPR published this story about Rashema Melson. At the time, Melson was a homeless high school senior at Anacostia High School in Washington, D.C. She is now a student at Georgetown University.Pair “At the Head of Her Class, and Homeless” with “For Teens A Good Mood Depends on Good Sleep” and ask students to discuss the stresses that teenagers face in school. How could not getting enough sleep make these obstacles more challenging? How is sleep necessary for a student's success? Are there things schools can do aside from changing start times to help teenagers get more sleep or feel less stressed?
Teen Brain Takes Biggest Sports Hits
- Katherine Harmon
In the informational text “Teen Brain Takes Biggest Sports Hits,” Katherine Harmon discusses the effects that head injuries can have on the teenage brain.Pair “Teen Brain Takes Biggest Sports Hits” with “For Teens, A Good Mood Depends on Good Sleep” and ask students to discuss the development of the teenage brain. Why is it important that the teenage brain is taken care of and protected during this stage of life? What are some risks that teenagers face if their brain and body isn’t properly cared for? How is sleep part of this?
Para los adolescentes, un buen estado de ánimo depende de sus horas de sueño
- Meenaskshi Prabhune
“For Teens, A Good Mood Depends on Good Sleep” by Meenaskshi Prabhune is also available in Spanish. Click here to assign the Spanish version of this lesson. Question sets and other components may differ.