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Guides - Classroom - Teacher
This curriculum unit provides educators with 10 lessons designed to make sexuality education culturally relevant for Latino youth in grades five through eight. While affirming the traditions and characteristics of Latino families and cultures, this structured curriculum introduces sexuality as a lifelong process that goes beyond physical intimacy. Students are encouraged to explore the many ways of expressing themselves as males and females through activities, homework assignments, and classroom discussions. Parent participation sheets in both English and Spanish identify each lesson's goals and show parents how they can reinforce the lessons with their child. The curriculum was designed to help students: (1) identify how their cultural heritage influences their attitudes and feelings; (2) describe ways family and cultural factors affect communication about sexuality at home; (3) demonstrate steps for responsible decision making and peer pressure reversal; (4) understand common physical and social changes that occur during puberty; and (5) demonstrate positive ways to communicate questions and concerns about sexuality to the adults in their lives. The curriculum includes a section on how to use the unit and 10 lesson plans. An historical and ethnographic profile of Latino or Hispanic groups in the United States, demographic trends and family life issues surrounding the Latino presence in the United States, student workbook features, a Spanish word list, the parent participation sheets, and references are appended. (NB)