The class will take part in a vocabulary discussion about Anger Cues.
Section 3: Vocabulary (Class will discuss any still unclear Glossary of Terms.)
A. Anger Triggers
B. Anger Cues
C. Anger Styles
D. Relaxation techniques
E. Anger Style called ‘Acting Out’
F. Anger Style called ‘Displaced Anger’
G. Anger Style called ‘Ignored Anger’
H. Anger Style called ‘Avoidance’
I. Chain of Pain or Victim-Victimizer Cycle
J. Your habitual Anger Style and ten ways to change it
B. Class discusses and defines Anger Cues
1. Teacher Says or Asks: How do we know that we are angry?
Students Respond: We know we are angry when we feel a physical or emotional reaction in our body.
2. Teacher Says or Asks: The way we know we are angry is that we often feel a physical reaction in our body. This is called our ANGER CUE. What are some of our physical Anger Cues?
* breathing changes in some way: breathe in gulps, have trouble breathing, or breathing fast or quick or erratic-feeling
* find yourself getting into a fighting stance
* you make nervous gestures
* you feel extra cold or over-heated
* headache or head pound
* hair stands on end or feels electrified
* eyes produce tears or you cry
* eyes look hard or crazed or glazed or flash
* face feels tight or flushed
* jaw muscles flex or tense or tighten
* teeth clench
* voice gets high or rough or whispery-sounding
* neck muscles tense
* chest feels tight
* heart palpitates
* upper back hurts or lower back aches
* stomach aches or feels tight or you get a nervous stomach
* arms feel extra heavy
* hands sweat or clench or shake
* legs feel heavy or tight or like lead
3. Teacher Says or Asks: Why do you think it is important to be aware of what are our ANGER CUES?
Students Respond: If you know your Anger Cues, you can quickly work on a way to calm yourself down and also to relax that part of your body.
4. Teacher Says or Asks: That’s right. If we can identify some of our anger cues, we can quickly work on calming ourselves down and also try to relax the part of our body that is feeling tense.
a. Teacher Says or Asks: Any questions or comments?
Students Respond: (Allow students to share.)
Note to teacher: If you have not taught this lesson yet, this would be a good time to teach the lesson about Relaxation techniques
- Click link to read Vocabulary discussion: Relaxation techniques
- Click here to return to Vocabulary Discussion: Anger Management terminology
Click one of these links to return to the following Anger Management Middle School lesson plans:
- Angry Blake
- Control your anger with SPAM
- Matt Falsely Accuses Jonathan of Stealing
- Pranks, Idle Threats, and Promises
- Sam Self-Mentors versus Psychological Warfare
- SPAM and Stairstep Thinking
- Her First Kiss
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