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Teen peer pressure is the influence a teen's social group

has on him or her. Peer pressure is a part of life for


everyone, but it1 can be an especially strong influence
during the teen years when peers are very important to a
teen's identity. Peers influence most aspects of a teen's life,
including how teens dress, what music they listen to, and
what kind of activities they are involved in. Peer pressure is
not always bad. Good friends can encourage teens to do
well in school, get involved in positive activities, volunteer,
eat healthy foods, and avoid drugs, alcohol, and other risky
activities.
I will tell you my experience with peer pressure and how I
coped with it2.
I was part of a group of five girls at school and I really
loved being with my3 friends. At the age of around 13, 1.True or false? Quote from the text.
they all began to change. I used to feel like I did not know
1.Peer influence is stronger in adult age
who these girls were, it was like I did not know them4
2. There are negative and positive effects of
anymore. They wanted to do stuff that made them feel
peer pressure
grown up. One time we went to the cinema together and in 3. Jane is older than 14
the intermission we went out to buy a popcorn bag. One of 4.Jane’s friends wanted to appear older
the girls began to giggle and said she had a surprise for all 5. Three out of five girls reluctantly smoked
of us5. We all went into the bathroom and she brought out the cigarette.
a cigarette from her bag. She said she stole it6 from her7 6. Jane persuaded Ana not to smoke the
mother’s pack. Lisa (her name) said that if we smoked it cigarette
we would be so cool. She had even bought a lighter. I felt 7. Real friends don’t force you to do anything
my heart sink, I really did not want to do this8, I hated you don’t like.
cigarettes, I thought smoking was not cool, not the other
way around. Two of my friends were totally convinced and 2. Match words to definitions or
so Lisa lit the cigarette and put it in her9 mouth. She took
synonyms.
a breath in and then blew out the smoke. She coughed but
1. involved a. break
then looked really proud. She passed it on to the other two 2. coped b. self-important
and they did the same. Then it was Ana’s turn. She said
she did not want it and the other three began to call her10
3. intermission c. I feel sad
4. giggle d. a student who is ridiculed
a nerd. They said “nerd, chicken, baby etc”. Ana then took as being boringly studious
the cigarette and copied the others. 5. my heart e. implied
What should I do? Give in to them11 or go with what I sinks
believe in? I looked at them and walked out of the toilet 6. proud f. face
saying, "See you inside, I am a non-smoker and I will not 7. nerd g. laugh nervously
smoke just to be accepted by you."
All kids feel the need to fit in and this12 is ok, but 3.Read through the text and find an
sometimes you may find yourself doing things not because antonym, for each of the following words.
you want to but because others have told you to. True
friends will accept you just the way you are! safe weak
Please remember that you have every right to say NO, all unfashionable love
you need is the courage to do so . good false
Jane Westbrook opposite stopped
Adapted From http://www.kellimni.com/ refuse forget

Personal response 4. Say what/who the following bold words


Are you easily influenced by your peers? refer to in the text.
Do you avoid negative friends who want you to try or 1.it _____________ 2.it______________
do something you don't like? 3.my____________ 4.them __________
Or do you say "I'll try it there's nothing wrong in that" 5.us_____________ 6.it ______________
Do you usually make decisions based on your ideas? 7.her____________ 8.this______________
What can be done to stop negative peer pressure? 9.her____________ 10.her____________
Have you ever experienced positive peer pressure? 11.them _________ 12.this_____________
KEY
EX.1
1. it can be an especially strong influence during the teen years. F
2. Peer pressure is not always bad.T
3. At the age of around 13 F
4. They wanted to do stuff that made them feel grown up. T
5. Lisa lit the cigarette and put it in her mouth. Two of my friends were totally convinced. F
6. Ana then took the cigarette and copied the others.F
7. True friends will accept you just the way you are! Please remember that you have every
right to say NO, all you need is the courage to do so .

ex.2
involved implied
coped face
intermission break
giggle laugh nervously
my heart sinks I feel sad
proud self-important
nerd a student who is ridiculed as being boringly studious
1-e;2-f;3-a;4-g;5-c;6-b;7-d;

Ex.3

risky safe
strong weak
cool unfashionable
hate love
bad good
true false
same opposite
began stopped
accept refuse
remember forget

EX.4

1. it peer pressure
2. it peer pressure
3. my Jane
4. them Jane’s friends
5. us. Girls
6. it cigarette
7. her Lisa
8. This to smoke a cigarette
9. Her Lisa
10.Her Ana
11. them girls
12.this the need to fit in