Today in the Reading Workshop we are starting our D.A.R.E essay. We haft to write about everything we learned this year in D.A.R.E. Here is my essay.
This year in D.A.R.E I have leaned many ways to make healthy choices. For instance, I got to try the D.U.I goggles that lets you see out of someone who drinks eyes. I also learned that drinking messes up your brain cells. That is why alcohol is illegal for anyone under the age of 21. So that is why I am never going to drink.
I learned that smoking can turn your lungs black. It can also turn your skin all wrinkly and turn your teeth yellow. Around 400,000 people die each your from lung cancer. Lung cancer is mainly caused by smoking. The tar from the cigarette gets stuck in your lungs and builds up over time, causing your lungs to slowly take in oxygen and eventually stop taking in oxygen. This has had a big impact on me because it helped me finally to get my dad to stop smoking.
One of the biggest things that get kids like me to smoke and drink is peer pressure. I have learned many ways to resist peer pressure. Here they are:
- avoiding the situation
- strength in numbers
- walking away
- cold shoulder
- saying “no”
- giving a reason or fact
- changing the subject
- skipping CD
- use humor
In the future I will probably be pressured, but if I remember the facts about peer pressure than I can avoid it. An example is if someone comes up to me and asks me to have a beer my answer will always say no. If they keep asking than I will do the “skipping CD” witch is just repeating my answer. Finally, if that doesn’t work than I will walk away.
My commitment to make wise decisions is to never do drugs. Also, I will never to drink alcohol. Finally, I will never smoke or chew tobacco. Doing these will keep me healthy and to be able to do stuff a smoker or someone who drinks couldn’t do.