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Our Whole Lives, Grades 7-9

Our Whole Lives, Grades 7-9

Product Attributes:

Product Code: 1107
ISBN: 9781558963948
Publisher: UUA
Publication Date: 
Pages: 384
Size: 8.5 X 11
Binding Information: Paperback 


Availability: In Stock
Paperback $75.00


A sexuality education program for youth that models and teaches caring, compassion, respect, and justice. A holistic program that moves beyond the intellect to address the attitudes, values, and feelings that youth have about themselves and the world.

Click here for a Boston Globe article about the Our Whole Lives program

Unlike many other sexuality curricula currently available, this program is comprehensive and progressive. In an inclusive and developmentally appropriate manner, it addresses sensitive topics that are typically excluded. Although the curriculum was developed by the Unitarian Universalist Association and the United Church of Christ, this volume is completely secular and free of specific religious doctrine or reference. However, the underlying values of the program reflect the justice oriented traditions of both denominations.

This curriculum is designed for groups ranging from 10 to 15 participants, but it has been implemented successfully with groups as small as 8 or as large as 25. This program has also been used successfully in a variety of community settings, including schools, youth-serving agencies, and religious communities.

Each of the 27 sessions is planned for 90 minutes and includes session goals, learning objectives, materials checklist, session plan, leaders resources, and handouts. Each session has a beginning and closing ritual. There is a reentry and reading period at the beginning of each session that offers participants an opportunity to get reacclimated to the group and to discuss their experiences since they were last together. Next, there is a brief time for facilitators to answer questions from the question box followed by a reading related to the day's topic. Each session ends with a period of reflection during which youth are asked to think about what they have learned and how they might utilize the information or skills in their lives outside of the program.

Session plan and handouts for Parent Orientation Session are included.
Intended for students in grades seven, eight, and/or nine.
Updated in 2005.
Our Whole Lives

Table Of Contents:

Leader Resource List
Handout List
Parent Orientation

Unit One Group Building and Examining Values
Session 1 Introduction to the Program
Session 2 Examining Values

Unit Two Sexuality and Body Awareness
Session 3 Sexual Language
Session 4 Anatomy and Physiology
Session 5 Personal Concerns about Puberty

Unit Three Gender and Diversity
Session 6 Understanding Gender Roles
Session 7 Disability and Other Diversity Issues

Unit Four Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity
Session 8 Sexual Orientation
Session 9 Guest Panel
Session 10 Gender Identity

Unit Five Relationships
Session 11 Introduction to Relationships
Session 12 Relationship Skills
Session 13 Thorny Issues in Friendship
Session 14 Dating and Lifetime Commitments

Unit Six Lovemaking
Session 15 Lovemaking Is More Than Sex
Session 16 Masturbation and Other Sexual Behaviors

Unit Seven Preparing for Parenthood
Session 17 Conception, Pregnancy, and Birth
Session 18 Teenage Pregnancy

Unit Eight Responsible Sexual Behavior
Session 19 Defining/Redefiining Abstinence
Session 20 Contraception
Session 21 Unintended Pregnancy Options
Session 22 Sexual Decisions

Unit Nine Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Session 23 STD Facts
Session 24 STD Prevention

Unit Ten Abuse of Sexuality
Session 25 Recovering from Sexual Abuse
Session 26 Sexual Harassment and Acquaintance Rape

Unit Eleven Conclusion
Session 27 Celebration and Closure

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