Curriculum – 7th Grade


The purpose of the program is to teach the social, psychological, and physical health gains to be realized through risk avoidance..

Students who participate in Project REACH will:
– Receive current and medically accurate information pertaining to the physical, mental, and emotional challenges of adolescence and the consequences of teen sexual activity.
– Receive current accurate information on the medical and legal definition of sexual activity.
– Obtain increased awareness of fact vs. fiction pertaining to messages and sexual myths generated through peers and/or multiple media sources.
– Obtain increased awareness of the difference between “love” and married love, as well as the risk of multiple partners.
– Obtain increased awareness of the value of self-control, delayed gratification, limit setting, refusal skills, and the value of sexual risk avoidance.
– Understand how teens who have already participated in sexual activity can change their behavior, and demonstrate self-control.
– Obtain increased awareness of the laws pertaining to sexual behavior, internet, cell phone, and photography safety.

Day 1:
– Invitations for sex come in many forms
– Teen story: Paul and Kate
– Dispel sexual myths
— Do your friends really know all the facts?
— Can pregnancy occur the first time?
— Media does not reflect truth in portrayals
– Emphasis on truths
— Emotional needs
— Physical risk
— Social ramifications
– Planning for the future

Day 2:
– Review Day 1
— Chocolate cake love vs. married love (infatuation vs. married love): Grady’s Rules
— Looking for self-respect, true friends, true “gifts” are not physical
– Definition of a true “Star”
— Vin Deisel comes to class
— Why should one say “no” to Vin?
— Dealing with sexual and peer pressure
— Defining sex vs. sexuality
— Does the majority affect the way you think?
— Long term consequences of sex as a teen
— Having a plan (Refusal Skills)

Day 3:
– What are the appropriate ways to show affection?
– Setting limits demo: appropriate ways to express affection without engaging in sexual intercourse.
— Consequences of not setting limits
— Consequences of not sticking to limits
– Condom failure rate discussed (with typical use…because no one is a robot… condoms fail 15% in preventing pregnancy and 5-50% in preventing STI’s)
— What is the only 100% (will never fail method) of preventing all the consequences that could come from sex ?
 Day 4:
– Sexual Jeopardy Game
— Alcohol and drugs influence on decision making
— Consequences on self, family, friends
— Physical, mental, social, emotional consequences
– What is the only never fail protection?

 Day 5:
– Continue with Jeopardy game
– When is Sex a Crime? (age of consent)
– Review cell phone, computer, and photography safety

-Human Trafficking explained

“The Golden Locket” demo
— Ask students to explain what the locket represented?
— Is sex/virginity a gift for one or for many?
— How can you save that gift for only one person?

Example of seeing the person vs seeing the “parts”- Bruce and Vickie Story
– Handouts:
— Grady’s Rules
— What? Sex Can Be A Crime