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Tools for Teaching Comprehensive Human Sexuality Education: Lessons, Activities, and Teaching Strategies Utilizing the National Sexuality Education Standards

ISBN: 978-1-118-45615-6
416 pages
November 2013, Jossey-Bass
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A hands-on resource filled with interactive activities to engage students' thinking and skill development

This book contains ready-to-use lesson plans referencing both the National Sexuality Education Standards and the National Health Education Standards, and is arranged into chapters by the seven topic areas outlined in the National Sexuality Education Standards. These include: anatomy and physiology, puberty and adolescent development, identity, pregnancy and reproduction, sexually transmitted infections, healthy relationships, and personal safety.

These dynamic "pick and choose" lessons and activities have been field-tested in classrooms and workshops by the authors, who are recognized experts in this area. Many of the lessons contain an opening activity to immediately engage students, followed by student-centered learning experiences such as case studies, simulations, real-life scenarios, self-assessments, journals, and individual and group projects/presentations.

  • Features lessons that incorporate the essential knowledge and skills to empower students to make healthy decisions related to their sexual health
  • Includes performance indicators detailed what students should know and be able to do by the end of grades eight and twelve
  • Offers supplementary web resources and assessment projects, as well as "Home-School Connection" assignments to support family communication about sexuality
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Table of Contents

The Authors ix

Notes to the Teacher: How to Use This Book xi

General Guidelines for Adapting Human Sexuality Education Lessons for Students With Special Needs xvii

Acknowledgments xxi

1 ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY 1

Lesson 1: People Search 4

Lesson 2: Word Association Activity: “Sex” 8

Lesson 3: Myths or Facts? 11

Lesson 4: The Human Sexual Response Cycle, Part 1 15

Lesson 5: The Human Sexual Response Cycle, Part 2 21

Lesson 6: What to Expect at the Doctor’s Office 24

Lesson 7: Anatomy Matching Game 30

Lesson 8: Up Close and Personal 33

Lesson 9: Sexuality Pretest 38

Lesson 10: Home-School Connection: Talking about Abstinence 46

2 PUBERTY AND ADOLESCENT DEVELOPMENT 49

Lesson 1: The Story of Alex and Sam 51

Lesson 2: Stirring Up Hormones 57

Lesson 3: Alphabet Soup Vocabulary Game 62

Lesson 4: Dr. I. B. Healthy: Common Concerns for Preteens and Teens 66

Lesson 5: Question Box 72

Lesson 6: Decisions, Decisions, Decisions 76

Lesson 7: Puberty Grab Bag 83

Lesson 8: Up Close and Personal 87

Lesson 9: Home-School Connection: Talking about Puberty and Growing Up 92

3 IDENTITY 97

Lesson 1: Identity Bingo 99

Lesson 2: “Who are You?” Nature versus Nurture 104

Lesson 3: Messages about Gender Roles and Sexual Stereotypes 107

Lesson 4: “Once Upon a Time” 111

Lesson 5: Gender Stereotypes and Popularity 115

Lesson 6: Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice: Gender Roles and Sexual Stereotypes 118

Lesson 7 Implicit Association Test 123

Lesson 8: Advocacy and Gender Identity 128

Lesson 9: Up Close and Personal 132

Lesson 10: Home-School Connection: Talking about Gender Identity 137

4 PREGNANCY AND REPRODUCTION 141

Lesson 1: Pregnancy and Birth 101 143

Lesson 2: The Abstinence Pill 151

Lesson 3: Parenting People Search: Ideal Parents 156

Lesson 4: Are You Prepared for Parenthood? 160

Lesson 5: The Pregnancy Game 166

Lesson 6: Eight Weeks 171

Lesson 7: Sex—What Are Teens Really Doing? Assessing Current Student Knowledge, Beliefs, and Attitudes about Teens and Sex 177

Lesson 8: Abstinence Till Mature: Creating Your Own ATM Poster 182

Lesson 9: Parent-Teen Circle Skits 187

Lesson 10: Skills-Based Sexuality Scenarios 192

Lesson 11: Ask the “Sexperts” 198

Lesson 12: Easy, Diffi cult, Impossible: Are You Really Ready for Sex? 203

Lesson 13: What am I? The 411 on Contraception 207

Lesson 14: Up Close and Personal 214

Lesson 15: Home-School Connection: Talking about Pregnancy and Reproduction 219

5 SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED INFECTIONS AND HIV 223

Lesson 1: Transmitting STIs 225

Lesson 2: STI Scenarios—Making Healthy Decisions 228

Lesson 3: Dear Dr. Splendid: Simulated STI Information Website 233

Lesson 4: Bodily Fluids—How You Can and Cannot Spread HIV 241

Lesson 5: STIs and HIV—What I Know, What I Want to Know, What I Learned 245

Lesson 6: Ten Wishes for Your Future: How HIV Can Change Your Life 249

Lesson 7: Agree—Disagree—Not Sure: Attitudes about HIV and AIDS 254

Lesson 8: Chris’s Story—What It’s Like to Have HIV 258

Lesson 9: Getting Hooked on the Steps of Proper Condom Use 262

Lesson 10: Up Close and Personal 266

Lesson 11: Home-School Connection: Talking about Sexually Transmitted Infections—What Do You Know? 271

6 HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS 275

Lesson 1: Whose Relationship is the Healthiest? 277

Lesson 2: My Perfect Romantic Partner 281

Lesson 3: Components of a Healthy Relationship 283

Lesson 4: What is Love? Part 1 286

Lesson 5: What is Love? Part 2 289

Lesson 6: Mine, Yours, and Ours: Whose Decision is it? 295

Lesson 7: Being “in the Moment”—a Storytelling Activity 299

Lesson 8: Ranking Risks: Sexuality and Relationships 306

Lesson 9: “What’s Your Number?” 311

Lesson 10: Love in the Digital Age: How Technology Can Help or Hurt 314

Lesson 11: Come-Ons and Pressure Lines: Communicating about Sex 318

Lesson 12: Rich’s Dilemma 325

Lesson 13: Trapped: Ending Unhealthy Relationships 329

Lesson 14: Up Close and Personal 334

Lesson 15: Home-School Connection: Talking about Relationships 339

7 PERSONAL SAFETY 343

Lesson 1: “Stick ‘Em Up” Sentence Stems 345

Lesson 2: Flirting or Hurting? Sexual Harassment Role-Plays 348

Lesson 3: Sexual Harassment? Yes, No, Maybe So? 355

Lesson 4: You Be the Judge 359

Lesson 5: “A Pretty Good Time . . .”? A Short Play about a First Date 362

Lesson 6: Personal Safety Review Game 366

Lesson 7: Harassment and Cyberbullying: Rank the Characters 372

Lesson 8: Up Close and Personal 377

Lesson 9: Home-School Connection: Talking about Online Safety—Tips for Parents or Guardians 382

Lesson 10: Personal Safety Public Service Announcement 385

Online Resources for Educators, Parents or Guardians, and Teens 389

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Author Information

Dominick Splendorio, MS, taught middle and high school health and sexuality education for over 30 years in New York State. He is the founder of Prime Time Health, an educational consulting firm specializing in health-related presentations for schools, state education departments, and professional conferences.

Lori A. Reichel, PhD, has twenty plus years' experience teaching health education with award recognition at state and national levels. She is currently an assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin-Lacrosse in the Health Education and Health Promotion Department.

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