STRATEGY # 3
In order to provide an issue that the students could debate I have decided to conclude the unit discussing the issue of abstinence, obviously the only way to completely ensure that a pregnancy will not occur, and to possibly expose these young men to a concept they may not have previously considered seriously.
Students will read article from Naples, Fla. concerning teens, especially those with church affiliations. Some girls have begun to wear wedding bands to symbolize a promise they’ve made to themselves and their parents to abstain from sex. Others attended a rally sponsored by WAYJ-FM. Don Tomei the youth minister at New Hope Ministries in Florida says, “They can control it. The kids are more than just a gland. They have consciences. I think a lot of them realize that abstinence is the way to go.” (Scripps Howard News Service A13) Students will discuss article and as a homework assignment try to find more articles in the newspaper and/or magazines.
Students will read pamphlet from Dept. of Children and Family Services concerning pregnancy prevention. During subsequent class discussions, students will generate ideas pertaining to their continuing abstinence.
Students will “role play” scenes from “I Ain’t Down for Being Called DADDY!” A pamphlet which contains sound advice regarding fatherhood and concludes with: “Having Sex too soon can change your life in a way that you may not be ready for.” The conclusion continues by stressing the responsibilities of parenthood.
Additional Lesson Ideas
1) Students research financial aspects of child rearing. Each student brines to class a complete list (including prices) of a full layette.
2) Guest speakers including a former teen fathers a doctor (or health care professional) to discuss the health of children born to teenage parents
3) A lesson in which an alarm clock would be set at various intervals during the day. When the alarm goes off, student must perform a chore regardless of what they were engaged in (to illustrate an infant’s complete dependency and lack of set schedule).