Multimedia Extensions

“Balance” Video, Success Highways Lesson 11, Part 1

What does it mean to have balance in your life? Why is it important? Kick off Success Highways, Lesson 11, Part 1 discussions with this short video filled with quotes from celebrities about achieving balance.

View video on Vimeo.

Ideas for using the video:

  1. Have students watch the video, then create their personal definitions in the activity journal.
  2. Have students watch the video, then write their personal definitions as a script for a video similiar to this one.
  3. Have students use a legitimate Internet resource to find a different quote they like that is related to this definition. Have students evaluate the quote/source using guidelines such as http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/TeachingLib/Guides/Internet/Evaluate.html.
  4. Have students pick the timestamp for part of the video they want to react to. Have students explain why that’s their favorite part or why they dislike it.
  5. Have students select a quote from those in the video and explain whether they agree or disagree with the statement, and why.
  6. Have students analyze the images used in the video; why might the video include these types of images? What visual themes are emerging? How do specific images relate to both the word being defined and similar themes?


Defining Work-Life Balance

Work Life Balance Defined. Worksheet Link


This article is provided as a sample newsletter by an organization that consults with companies on employee training and development. The article focuses on two ways to organize daily life – by achieving and enjoying something every day.

Curriculum Integration Ideas

Have students read the article and reflect on what it could mean in their own lives. On a piece of paper, have students each make a seven-column table representing the seven days in a week. Have students divide the columns into two rows – Achieve and Enjoy. For each day, have students write in something they plan to achieve in school and something they plan to do in school that they enjoy, being as specific as possible.


Teenagers & Stress

Teenagers and Stress (Part 2) Video Link


From YouTube: “Teens have to deal with a lot of stress in their lives, whether it has to do with pressure from school and extracurricular activities, and sometimes even parents. Learn how two teenagers are learning to cope in this video produced by teens, under the auspices of True Media Foundation.”

Curriculum Integration Ideas

This video can help your class talk about the overlap between stress and well-being, so may be most useful to implement when you transition from Unit 4 to Unit 5 (in either My Success Roadmap or My Roadmap to the Future). Use questions to initiate the discussion, such as:

  • First segment – How does participating in a sport both relieve and create stress for this student?
  • Second segment – What negative and positive behaviors does this student describe for handling her stress?


2012 Reel Teen Film Fest: Teen Health – Sleep Deprivation and the American Teen

Reel Teen Film Fest Video Link


This compilation includes submissions for the 2012 Reel Teen Film Fest (2012 sponsors: Houston Public Library), focusing on the category of Teen Health.

Please note: For the purposes of using this with Success Highways curricula about Well-Being, we suggest focusing on the segment about sleep deprivation that runs from 2:41 through to 4:24.

Please preview this video before using with your students. Segments deal with serious and complex teen issues. You may wish to consider alternate materials/school resources to which your students may be referred based upon the scope of content used and its appropriateness to instructional goals and objectives.

Curriculum Integration Ideas

Tie this into My Success Roadmap Lesson 12, Part 2, where students review their Revving Up data and one of the charted “Well-Being Concerns” is Sleeping Problems. Show students this video, starting at 2:41 through 4:24 to focus on the segment on sleep deprivation. As the video raises questions on-screen, watch a few students’ answers on the video, then pause it and informally poll the class on how many hours of sleep they got the previous night (less than 5 hours, less than 7 hours, less than 9 hours, more than 9 hours), whether students think they get enough sleep in general, what’s getting in the way of their sleep, how getting too little sleep affects their days, whether they think it’s a problem, etc. (You can also address too much sleep, if it seems relevant for your students.) By adding your class’s voices to those represented on the video, you can use the video as a jumping off point for students to talk about their own sleep habits, sleep deficits, etc.

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