Curriculum – 7th Grade

Objectives

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
— HIV/AIDS
— STDS
— 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