Choices Pacing and Implementation Guide

Choices in Your Classroom

Choices is a ready-to-go print and digital resource that reinforces curriculums designed to meet standards, including the National Health Education Standards, Common Core ELA standards, and more.

Many teachers use Choices articles to support their life skills, social and emotional learning, and health curriculums. Others use it as a prompt for discussion about current issues relevant to students’ lives. No matter how it’s used, Choices helps spark student reflection and fosters class engagement and participation. Choices is designed to meet your instructional needs and to activate students’ curiosity so they are excited to read, write, and learn about topics that matter to them!

To help you make the most of all that Choices offers, we’ve created this guide to help you use Choices effectively.

What You Get with a Choices Subscription

Full-Class Period

Here are some ways you can use a Choices feature article in your classroom. It’s flexible for whole-class, small-group, and individual instruction.

Half-Class Period

Looking for lessons that are shorter than 45 minutes? Check out some ideas below.


Choices can easily be adapted for your classroom needs! Here are even more ways you could incorporate it into your classroom.

Independent Learning

Use Choices for independent learning to build students’ empathy and empower them to make healthy choices.

  • Have students read the entire issue and then vote on which article was their favorite.
  • Ask students to use the archives to find all articles on a topic such as sleep or nutrition.
  • Share a themed text set like Building Resilience or Healthy Relationships and have students read two or more articles.
  • Encourage students to pick an article from the current issue and do independent research to find additional facts or data related to the topic.

Writing with Choices

Use Choices to develop students’ writing skills so they can write knowledgeably and effectively about a range of topics.

  • Articles have pre- and post-reading questions that ask students to read for evidence, form opinions, and reflect on their own experiences.
  • Our skills sheets include multiple choice and extended-response questions about Choices articles.
  • Vocabulary skill sheets boost literacy and understanding.
  • Writing prompts spur reflection and engagement.