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Healthy friendships build you up by encouraging positive behavior.


Discernment is the ability to accurately recognize positive and negative elements of choices. It is important to understand that the friends you choose to hang out with can influence your ability to discern and influence your choices that predict both present and future successes and failures.


Students will learn to recognize friendship qualities and how healthy friendships assist them in avoiding high-risk behavior. They will understand the influence of friends in their current decision making and in planning for their futures. They will learn how to establish and maintain healthy friendships and how to handle negative relationships. Students will learn that marriage partners can become their best and most confidential friends for life. They will understand that a quality marriage will bring the greatest economic wellbeing, happiness, and successful children.

Students will:

  • Understand that desirable friendships are based on similar positive values
  • Identify healthy and unhealthy friendships
  • Define “discernment”
  • Recognize four levels of friendship
  • Understand the benefits of healthy friendships and healthy marriages

Activities: (these include review of the previous lesson and this lesson’s poster)

  • Interactive discussion Qualities of Friendship
  • Four Questions discussion
  • Demonstration Up and Down
  • Four Levels of Friendship
  • Changing Unhealthy Relationships discussion
  • Assignments