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Are you looking for ways to incorporate Decision Skill Learning into your curriculum? Here you'll find lesson plan modules that apply concepts and tools that address real-life problems. You can use the Fundamentals of Making Good Decisions booklet, the It's Your Choice video series, and the Understand the Decision Chain web page to teach the concepts. Contact us to learn more about our science-based decision-making framework and the best practices we've learned in the field to make these lesson plans effective. 


Educators partnering with us are at the core of our mission to teach everyone how to make the best decisions possible in every decision-making circumstance. We look forward to training you in effective Decision Skills that you can pass on to your students.

Teaching Decision Skills in Language Arts Classes - Grades 5 - 8 - Grades 9 - 12

DEF developed this curriculum to leverage the choices made by characters in the great stories of English Lit classes. 

Grades 5 - 7: Maniac Magee, The Confessions of Charlotte Doyle, The Pigman, The Hatchet, I Hear the Owl Call My Name

Grades 6 - 8: The Hobbit, Mississippi Trial 1955

Grades 8 - 10: To Kill a Mockingbird, A Christmas Carol

Grades 9 - 12: Much Madness, Fences, The House on Mango Street, Lord of the Flies, Macbeth

Grades 11 - 12: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Hamlet, Shooting an Elephant, My Last Duchess, A Jury of Her Peers, News Reporting, Lord of the Flies (and Myers Briggs)

DEF developed this curriculum to bring the study of US history alive as well as providing students with important tools and skills that are critical, but not commonly taught. Using a decision focused approach to the study of history can enhance the students’ experience and learning at the same time as helping students develop greater capacity to chart their path in life. A randomized study of incorporating decision skills in US History classrooms showed improvements in both academic scores and decision making competence.

Introduction to U.S. History with Decision Making

The Colonial Period  1600 - 1783

The Constitution Period 1780 - 1800

Social and Economic Developments

Civil War Period 1840 - 1877

The Age of Industrialization 1865 - 1917

Times of Uncertainty 1917 - 1945

The Post War Era 1945 - 1970

The Modern Era 1970 - Present Day

Adults play many roles in a child's life, not the least of which is advising them through tough decisions. DEF developed this curriculum for high school counselors and it can be leveraged by anyone who finds themselves in need of some tools to help guide youth.

Part 1 - Introduction

Part 2 - Decision Concepts

Part 3 - Comprehensive Lesson Plans

Part 4 - Worksheets

Part 5 - Additional Resources