The Unknown To The Informed: A Debate on Abstinence.
Estimated Time: Three class periods.
Class Period I: Introduce students to the concept of abstinence and assign students to read the Online NewsHour story "Debating Abstinence."
Class Period II: Designate two debate groups, assign each group to research and prepare a debate on the topic of "Does abstinence or easier access to contraceptives decrease teen pregnancy rates?"
III: Conduct the debate.
3. Designate two teams of three to six members per side. Give each student the "Guidelines for Debates" handout and go through the guidelines with the entire class. One team will represent the abstinence side and the other group will represent the contraceptive side for the debate. Explain to students that they will research and participate in a debate entitled "Which is a better way to decrease teen pregnancy: teaching abstinence or providing easier access to contraceptives?" Each group will be required to follow the procedures from the "Guidelines for Debates" handout.
4. At the conclusion
of the debate, have students discuss the inferences that can be drawn
from both sides of the debate. Have students comment on the following
to National Standards:
Standard Two: Students will demonstrate the ability to access valid health information and health-promoting products and services.
Standard Four: Students will analyze the influence of culture, media, technology, and other factors on health.
Standard Six: Students will demonstrate the ability to use goal-setting and decision-making skills to enhance health.
Standard Seven: Students will demonstrate the ability to advocate for personal, family, and community health.
Author Kathleen (Kelli) Young, Ph.D. currently works as a Research Assistant for the Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention at the University of New Mexico. Dr. Young received her degree in July of 2002 where she also served as an instructor for various undergraduate courses for the Department of Health Education. Previously she served as a Department Chairperson in computer sciences and was a health educator for eleven years in the Northern California School System.
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