MOYERS ON ADDICTION: CLOSE TO HOME is a five
part PBS series that looks at addiction and recovery in America. The series
premiered March 29, 1998. The Web companion piece features Overboard, a weekly
soap opera for teens; articles about the science of understanding and treating
addiction; original essays and editorials debating policy issues; animated
illustrations of drugs' action on the body; and more.
wNetStation's CLOSE TO
HOME Web piece.
Link to Overboard,
wNetStation's online soap for teens.
Link to Educational
Guides for the series.
Original Lesson Plans
Alcohol Addiction and Its Effect on the Body,
Grades 5 - 8.
Students will conduct research on alcohol addiction and its
affect on the liver. The goal of the lesson is to create a classroom environment
where students may discuss how alcohol affects individuals, their bodies, and
Story Time, Grades 5 - 8.
This lesson, meant to be used in conjunction with Overboard,
will help students identify the elements that make for good storytelling, such as
mood and characterization, and plot devices like foreshadowing. Through this
lesson's activities, students will have opportunities to analyze, reflect,
investigate, and create their own work.
What Will They Do?, Grades 9 - 12.
Students will read and analyze the first episode of Overboard. Using an online
discussion forum, students will discuss and write about a variety of issues
around the topic of alcohol and drug use.
The Science of Addiction
explains what addiction is and how drugs work on the brain, and outlines areas of
research into the risks of drug abuse and the possibilities of prevention.
Is My Friend Addicted? This page points out some of
the warning signs that students may recognize if a friend is in danger of drug
abuse, and makes some suggestions for action.
Profiles includes the story of a student dealing
with drug addiction; the observations of a counselor in a treatment center; and
the experiences of Dwight Gooden in conquering his drug problem.
Organizers for Students developed by Thirteen/WNET's Educational Publishing group.
Utilize the following role-play scenarios to get students to actively
participate in a meaningful dialogue about substance abuse and addiction:
These role-play activities were developed for
Thirteen/WNET's Teen Leadership