Activity Introduction

Quick summary: In this lesson, students will learn how and why anger is triggered and how it affects the body systems. They will identify how activating events and personal beliefs interact with anger. They will learn to work with the flight, fight or freeze response system to calm their anger and find a variety of ways to reduce their likelihood of heightened responses to everyday situations.

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Learning intentions:

  • Students understand how an activating event and belief can cause an anger response
  • Students understand how the flight, fight, freeze mechanism affects the body and brain
  • Students understand that anger is a normal and healthy response, but that it can have devastating consequences
  • Students know how to calm their anger through breathing, meditation and discharging activities.

21st century skills: 

EmpathyEthical UnderstandingSocial Skills

Australian Curriculum Mapping

Content descriptions: 

Years 9 & 10 Health and Physical Education:

  • Plan, rehearse and evaluate options (including CPR and first aid) for managing situations where their own or others’ health, safety and wellbeing may be at short or long term risk (ACPPS091)
  • Propose, practise and evaluate responses in situations where external influences may impact on their ability to make healthy and safe choices (ACPPS092)

Syllabus outcomes: PD5-6, PD5-7, PD5-8, PD5-9, PD5-10

General capabilities: Literacy, Personal and Social Capability

Relevant parts of Years 9 & 10 achievement standards: 

Students evaluate the outcomes of emotional responses to different situations. Students access, synthesise and apply health information from credible sources to propose and justify responses to health situations. They apply decision-making and problem-solving skills when taking action to enhance their own and others’ health, safety and wellbeing.

Topic: Social Issues, Health & Wellbeing

This lesson is part of the wider unit of work STOP the Coward Punch: HPE – Years 9 & 10.

Time required: 70 mins.

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – facilitate class discussion.

Resources required:

  • Device capable of presenting a video to the class
  • Student Worksheets – one copy per student.

Related professional development: Strategies for Dealing with Aggressive and Violent Behaviours

Keywords: anger, anger management, strategies, self-control, flight, fight, freeze, FFF response, communication, self-awareness, feelings, emotions, coward punch

Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.

Worksheets

Teacher Worksheet

Teacher Preparation

Learning intentions: Students will...

  • … understand how an activating event and belief can cause an anger response
  • … understand how the flight, fight, freeze mechanism affects the body and brain
  • .... understand that anger is a normal and healthy response, but that it can have devastating consequences
  • … know how to calm their anger through breathing, meditation and discharging activities.

Success criteria: Students can…

  • … recognise how and why their emotions become elevated and how the fight, flight or freeze response affects their body systems
  • … identify how triggering and personal beliefs can contribute to angry or aggressive feelings or behaviours
  • … implement strategies that work for them to manage their anger and reduce instances where their fight, flight or freeze response is triggered.

Teacher content information:

The STOP the Coward Punch campaign
STOP the Coward Punch by Danny Green aims to eliminate the coward punch from society a

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Student Worksheet

Coward Punch - Anger Management 101

Learning intentions: You will...

  • … understand how an activating event and belief can cause an anger response
  • … understand how the flight, fight, freeze mechanism affects the body and brain
  • .... understand that anger is a normal and healthy response, but that it can have devastating consequences
  • … know how to calm your anger through breathing, meditation and discharging activities.

Success criteria: You can…

  • … recognise how and why your emotions become elevated and how the fight, flight or freeze response affects your body systems
  • … identify how triggering and personal beliefs can contribute to angry or aggressive feelings or behaviours
  • … implement strategies that work for you to manage your anger and reduce instances where your flight, fight or freeze response is triggered.

Triggers

1. Watch this video:

What Triggers Anger | Anger Management (https://youtu.be/wrRuXWtmCC8)

2. Watch this video and complete the table below:

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