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Table 1 Description of the 12 Unplugged lessons by title, activities, and goals, Brazil, 2013

From: Process evaluation of the implementation of the Unplugged Program for drug use prevention in Brazilian schools






Opening Unplugged Program

Presentation, group work, contract management

Introduction to the program, setting of rules for the lessons, reflecting on knowledge on drugs


Where do I fit in?

Situation play, game discussion

Clarification of group influences and group expectations


Choices – alcohol, risk, and protection

Discussion and work in small groups, collage and drawing

Information on the different factors influencing drug use


Does what you think reflect reality?

Presentation, percentage estimates, group work, plenary discussion

Fostering the critical evaluation of information, reflection on differences between own opinion and actual data, correction of norms


What we know and what we don’t know about cigarettes

Test, plenary discussion, court

Information on the effects of smoking, differentiation between expected and real effects and short-term vs. long-term effects


Express yourself

Game, plenary discussion, group work

Adequate communication of emotions, distinguishing between verbal and nonverbal communication


Position yourself in the world and in your life

Plenary discussion, group work, role play

Fostering assertiveness and respect for others


New in the area!

Role play, game, plenary discussion

Recognition and appreciation of positive qualities, acceptance of positive feedback, practicing and reflecting on getting into contact with others


Drugs – Get informed

Group work, quiz

Information on the positive and negative effects of drug use


Coping strategies

Presentation, plenary discussion, group work

Expression of negative feelings, coping with challenges


Problem solving and decision making

Presentation, plenary discussion, group work, homework

Structured problem solving, fostering creative thinking and self-control


Goal setting

Game, group work, plenary discussion

Distinguishing between long-term and short-term objectives, feedback on the program and the process during the program

  1. Source: Adapted from the Teacher's Handbook (