What’s The Catch? How to Avoid Getting Hooked and Manipulated

WHAT’S THE CATCH? How to Avoid Getting Hooked and Manipulated

By David Sobel, M.D.
Illustrated by Jeff Jackson
Foreword by Robert Ornstein, Ph.D.
Ages: 11–18

ISBN: 978-1-933779-78-2 (paperback) $15.99
152 pages

The third book in the All About Me series, What’s the Catch? explores the ways in which our thinking, feelings, and behavior are influenced by those around us. Sometimes this kind of influence is helpful, but at other times it ends up “shortchanging” us. Readers will learn to distinguish between the two kinds of situations, so that they can more easily tell when they’re really being helped, and when they’re merely being manipulated, brainwashed, or tricked.

Written in a clear and accessible style by physician David Sobel, What’s the Catch? is illustrated by Jeff Jackson, again with an appealing cast of teen characters, who act out and embody the various ways in which we’re influenced by others. Readers will learn to become more aware of the forces nudging and pushing them, as well as how to protect themselves from unwanted and unhelpful influence. By coming to understand their own reaction patterns, they’ll be able to avoid getting “hooked.”

In What’s the Catch?, young people will discover all that scientists and researchers know, and also explore questions yet to be answered. Illustrative quotes from real-life teens, as well as simple activities the reader can do to relate to the concepts presented, make the book truly come alive for young people. Also included are suggested activities for teachers to use in the classroom. What’s the Catch? can be used to supplement a high school psychology course, or as a stand-alone unit in grades 8 through 12.

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Education Standards

Common Core State Standards

Grades 6–8: What’s The Catch Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science & Technical Subjects

Grades 9–10: What’s The Catch Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science & Technical Subjects

Grade 11–12: What’s The Catch Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science & Technical Subjects

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Grades 6–12 Hoopoe titles have been correlated with the The Protocol for Review of Instructional Materials for English Language Learners (PRIME) through the World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment (WIDA) tool (http://prime.wceruw.org/instructionalMaterials/index.aspx). Click here for a copy of the report.

 

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