Rights, Respect, Responsibility
Lesson 4: Communicating about a Sensitive Topic
This lesson defines assertive, passive and aggressive communication and provides examples of each making connections to communicating about abstaining from sex.
Lesson 9: Lets Talk About Sex
This lesson stresses the importance of how we communicate as much as what we communicate and introduces aggressive, passive and assertive communication styles.
Lesson 5: We Need to Talk
This lesson is about the importance of listening and communicating clearly and students rehearse those skills in pairs with a third students observing and providing feedback.
Lesson 8: Birth Control Basics
This lesson provides information about birth control commonly used by teens by breaking it into three categories – long-acting, short-acting and works right now.
Lesson 9: Using Condoms Effectively
This lesson involves students putting the steps to using a condom correctly in the correct sequence while in small groups and then the teacher demonstrating correct condom use based on their responses.
Lesson 10: STD Basics
This lesson reviews information about decision-making as it relates to preventing STDs by having students complete a worksheet on prevention and transmission.
Lesson 2: How Well Do I Communicate
This communication lesson starts with a brief drawing activity completed by students in pairs to assess their own listening and communicating and analyze what strategies are effective or ineffective and why.
Lesson 6: Decisions Decisions
This lesson has students engage in an activity to practice making decisions in rapid succession and then reflect on the factors that impacted their choices.
Lesson 7: Sexual Decision Making
This lesson was adapted and reprinted with permission from the Unitarian Universalist Association’s Our Whole Lives Grades 7-9 curriculum and has students reflect on a handout looking at their readiness to be sexually intimate with another person as a starting activity.
Lesson 8: Planning and Protection
This lesson uses a classic “don’t pass it along” STD game with premarked index cards and three paired discussions to mimic transmission of infections.