Editor's note: Sometimes teens have trouble understanding the moods and emotions that are going through their growing brains. This mood-tracking activity from Choices Teacher-Adviser Amy Lauren Smith--a 6th-8th grade health teacher at the Shanghai American School in Shanghai, China, and the brilliant mind behind our Teacher's Guide each month--presents a therapeutic, activity-based approach to teen mental health.
Our November-December issue features an incredible piece on the ways that our country's heroin epidemic has devastated one Connecticut town. We know that drug use can be a difficult topic to approach with teens, but it's one of the most important topics you can introduce in your classroom. This guide will give you the background you need, including simple tips to help you teach the article with sensitivity.