99+ Pages
ELA, Social Emotional
Resource Type
Assignments, Curriculum, Interactives
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Social Emotional
Goal-Directed Behavior


Teaching Happiness: 7 Healthy Habits for Happy Teens COPYRIGHT 2020 Anam Cara Cat
Student-Centered Guided Research Project on the Art & Science of Happiness

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Engaging Project Based Unit Ideal for Secondary ELA, Life Skills, Social-Emotional Learning, Independent Study, & At-Risk Youth

My work has been endorsed by The Colorado Department of Education and by positive psychology expert and NY Times best selling author Shawn Achor.

You will be guided to download a free copy of my best selling book Birdseed: A Guide to Teaching Emotional Intelligence in the Classroom

This 14 Week Secondary Unit Plan Includes All Daily Lesson Plans Aligned With ELA Common Core Standards Grades 9-12

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More Than 300 Pages of Resources:

Within this unit students will be directed to follow more than 100 links to short videos (such as Ted Talks) and articles on the science of happiness. Teacher summaries for each text are included, so there's no need to read/watch them all yourself. Please note, student internet access is required. This is a PDF file with a link to a Google doc for student resources, so you can easily share assignments with your students who are working remotely.

Within this unit, students are exposed to various perspectives from authorities in the fields of neuroscience, personal development, mindfulness, positive psychology, and emotional intelligence.

The final assignment in this project-based unit is for students to reflect on what they've learned and present a project to their peers that teaches and inspires others on the art and science of happiness.

The unit is structured around 70-90 minute class periods over the course of 14 weeks, but you can alter the daily lesson plans to fit your needs and time frame.

The majority of the work is completed independently, so this unit could easily be used remotely with your online learners, for Independent Study credit, or simply used a self-paced curriculum in the classroom. To support whole group instruction, there is a guided weekly chat group activity wherein students can collaborate on their learning and final project.

Detailed daily lesson plans are included, which include the CCS for grades 9-12 on each lesson.
This means, zero planning for 3+ months, unless of course you'd like to alter the content to suit your needs.

The unit is divided into seven sections that address 7 healthy habits associated with joy and well-being. They are as followed:

1) Reexamine Your Role: Texts within this section explore the meaning and formation of identity and the possibility of recreating roles that better serve one's self.

2) Master Your Mind ~ Manage Your Emotions: Texts within this section analyze the interdependent relationship between psychological wellness and healthy behaviors; emphasis is placed on the idea that changing outer reality requires a shift in inner reality.

3) Create Your Purpose: Texts within this section address the importance and process of recognizing strengths and interests and aligning them with a sense of purpose.

4) Plan & Pave Your Path: Texts within this section speak to the importance of creating short and long-term goals while developing discipline and taking action.

5) Contribute Your Gifts: Texts within this section emphasize the importance and benefits of service and altruism.

6) Love Yourself: Texts within this section provide strategies to develop self-awareness, self-love, and healthy relationships.

7) Commit to Happiness: Texts within this section reinforce the understanding that happiness is a conscious choice and a habituated way of being. Choosing and committing to daily habits that foster happiness is the foundation for long term well-being and success.

In addition to the master PDF document, you will be provided with a link to a student Google Doc, which allows students to easily access the curriculum from home.

The following resources are included within this 333 page unit:

14 Week Unit Calendar 10-16
100 + Teacher Summaries for Unit Texts 17-64
Teacher Text Summaries for Habit #1: Reexamine Your Role
Teacher Text Summaries for Habit # 2: Master Your Mind ~ Manage Your Emotions
Teacher Text Summaries for Habit # 3: Create Your Purpose
Teacher Text Summaries for Habit # 4: Plan and Pave Your Path
Teacher Text Summaries for Habit # 5: Contribute Your Gifts
Teacher Text Summaries for Habit # 6: Love Yourself
Teacher Text Summaries for Habit # 7: Commit to Happiness
About the Author 65-70
Anticipation Activity 71
Exit Ticket #1 72
Pre/Post Assessment 73-75
Weekly Chat Group Overview and Student Handouts 78-82
Daily Oral Language Introduction (DOL) 83
What the Heck is a Clause Handout 84
DOL Teacher Key (60 DOL Paragraphs) 85-102
Student DOL (60 DOL Paragraphs) 103-121
Student Introduction to Unit 122-124
Student Unit Checklist 125
Sample Summary & Reflection Paragraph 126
Summary Rubric 127
Mind Map Activity Guide 128
Mind Map Rubric 129
Reflective Essay Rubric 130
Teaching Happiness Project Rubric 131
Teaching Happiness Presentation Rubric 132
Exit Ticket #2 133
Final Project Guidelines 134
Essay Structure Guides 135-137
Final Student Reflection Handout 138
Happiness Habits Check List Handout 139
Student Links to Research Habit # 1 140-142
Student Links to Research Habit # 2 143-145
Student Links to Research Habit # 3 146-147
Student Links to Research Habit # 4 148-150
Student Links to Research Habit # 5 151-152
Student Links to Research Habit # 6 153-155
Student Links to Research Habit # 7 156-157
Journal Reflection Prompts Habit # 1 158-160
Journal Reflection Prompts Habit # 2 161-163
Journal Reflection Prompts Habit # 3 164-165
Journal Reflection Prompts Habit # 4 166-168
Journal Reflection Prompts Habit # 5 169
Journal Reflection Prompts Habit # 6 170-172
Journal Reflection Prompts Habit # 7 173-174
Argumentative Essay Unit Intro: 175-178
Comprehension Questions for Film Law of Attraction: 179-181
Handout: Law of Attraction Summary of Principles: 182-183
Handout: LOA Argumentative Structure Guide: 184
Exemplar Argumentative Essay for the LOA: 185-189
Argumentative Essay Rubric: 190
70 Daily Lesson Plans: 191-332
Suggested Novel Resource: 334-336

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