Sexuality Unit for 9th-Graders

Understanding: at the end of the course, all students should understand that …

Teenagers are dealing with strong sexual urges and are bombarded with cultural messages about sex. Dealing with sexual desire is a central challenge of adolescence and necessitates an understanding of their reproductive system. Healthy relationships are best created by understanding your values, respecting the rights of your partner, and discussing these with open, assertive communication. I can protect myself from contracting sexually transmitted infections and unwanted pregnancy by making educated/healthy choices/decisions about abstinence, sexual activity, and contraception.

At the end of the course, all students should know …

Male and female anatomy and physiology

Health care including breast and testicular self-exams

Abstinence and sexual activity

Pregnancy and birth


Sexually transmitted infections (STIs)

Qualities of a healthy relationship vs. unhealthy (Jealousy/Control: what it is and impact on relationships)

Personal values and influence on relationships/behaviors

Decision making process

Effective communication

negotiation & refusal skills

Internet safety

At the end of the course, all students should be able to …

Labeling and describing reproductive anatomy

Research and describe contraceptive methods

Research and teach peers about STIs

Analyze characteristics of healthy and unhealthy

Differentiate between media representation (advertising and TV shows) of sexuality and relationships and “real life” healthy sexuality and relationships

Apply a decision making process to make healthy decisions about sexual related behaviors and/or relationships

Apply effective communication skills to relationships (ways to break up, dealing with rejection, communicating with a partner about sexual behaviors, boundaries, desires, pleasure, and risks, dealing with sexual pressure)

Demonstrate skills for building, maintaining and enhancing positive healthy relationships


  1. Quiz on Anatomy and physiology (Who’s who -pretest and repro system diagrams)
  2. Quiz on contraceptives and STIs
  3. Interpersonal and Refusal skills (scripted, half-scripted role plays)