7 th Grade Introduction & Classroom Guidelines A CRAZY TALE Once upon a time there lived a very young and very beautiful woman. She lived with her husband, a wealthy movie star, in a mansion near Hollywood. The young woman felt unhappy and neglected because her husband frequently took long trips for movie shoots. One day, while she was alone in the mansion, a handsome rock star drove by in his Bentley. He noticed the young woman, quickly won her heart, and took her away with him. After a day of partying like a rock star, the young woman found herself abandoned. She discovered that the only path back to her mansion led through the evil town of Ellisonville and Evil Ellison was the mayor. Not willing to brave the great danger alone, the woman visited the home of her godfather. She explained what she had done, and begged forgiveness and help. The godfather, however, was shocked. He refused all help. The woman had almost given up hope when she spied Sproul The Great. He pledged his unfailing help—for a small price. Unfortunately the woman had no money, so Sproul The Great drove away in his minivan . The woman had no one left to whom she could turn. She decided to brave the evil town of Ellisonville and the Evil Ellison alone. She entered Ellisonville, whereupon the Evil Ellison caused her to be devoured by an angry bear. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. The Woman The Movie Star (husband) Rock Star in the Bentley The woman’s Godfather Evil Ellison Sproul The Great The Bear Respect what other people say; no put downs Be sensitive to other people’s feelings Respect other people’s differences Keep discussion and questions away from a personal level Keep confidential all comments made by other students There are no “dumb” questions Use CORRECT scientific terms rather than slang END UNIT INTRODUCTION Choosing the Best PATH Lesson 1 Insights & Facts Practical Ideas for remaining abstinent Avoiding risks of teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases (STD’s) Each lesson will have the following: Brief video segment then discussion Lesson exercises, application activities Sharing assignment with parent/guardian Time To Talk 1. 2. 3. What reasons do some of these teens give for being sexually active? What are some of the risks of having sex? Why do you think the majority of teens today are not sexually active? Time To Talk 1. 2. 3. Did any of the risks that the teens mentioned surprise you? What are some of the possible negative emotional consequences of having sex? How does being sexually active as a teenager affect how a person feels about himself or herself? Repeated sexual encounters can make it difficult to maintain lasting relationships because it becomes harder to bond emotionally. Activity: 1 male and 1 female volunteer. Time To Experience: A Rose With No Petals Time To Learn: Unscramble the following words that identify possible negative emotional consequences of sexual activity litgu yrowr topnapsinmited slso of fels – preects sprisdeneo Self-respect means treating yourself as a valuable person. How does being sexually active affect self-respect? Maria babysits for a family that lives next door to a guy named Roberto who goes to her school. Maria has had a crush on Roberto for awhile, but he has ignored her until recently. Every time she’s babysitting, he shows up at the door and wants to come inside the house. Sometimes when the baby is sleeping, he comes over and watches videos with her. Gradually Roberto and Maria become friendlier. She’s uncomfortable with some of the things they do, but she doesn’t want to lose him. After he leaves, she often doesn’t feel good about herself. How do activities that make Maria uncomfortable lower her self-respect? What other negative emotional consequences could Maria experience? If you were in Maria’s place, what would you do? 1. 2. 3. 4. Why do you think some teenagers today start having sex? What are the risks for sexually active teenagers? What are some of the possible negative emotional consequences of premarital sex? What is the most important advice about sex that an adult could give a teen who will listen? END LESSON 1 List 3 possible negative emotional consequences of teen sex. 2. List 3 possible risks of being sexually active. 3. Give 4 reasons why the majority of teens today are not sexually active. 1. Lesson 2 Time To Talk Why did many of these teens think that the negative consequences of sex wouldn’t happen to them? How did getting an STD or HIV/AIDS change their lives? 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. STDs are_________ transmitted diseases. There are over________ significant STDs. Some STDs can be contracted from_________ fluids of another infected person. Other STDs can be contracted from _____ to ______ contact. Bacterial STDs can be cured with antibiotics; viral STDs are ___________. Many people with STDs do not have symptoms, so you often do _________ know who is infected. About one in _______ sexually active teens will contract an STD each year. The only way to totally eliminate the risk of contracting an STD is to: be___________ until marriage, marry an _______ person and, both people must remain___________ in the marriage relationship. Further, both partners, must not participate in other high risk activities (ex. IV drug use). Chlamydia is a common _______ STD, infecting 3 million people in the U.S. each year. Including ____ million young people aged 15-24. Many people have ___ symptoms with chlamydia. If symptoms are present they may include abnormal discharge or a burning sensation when urinating. While the disease can be cured with antibiotics, if left untreated it can have serious consequences. Chlamydia can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) in women, which can lead to infertility. Gonorrhea, another common bacterial STD, infects _____ people in the U.S. each year. Although many may have_____ symptoms at all, symptoms in men and women may include a burning sensation when urinating or abnormal discharges. In women symptoms may be mild and mistaken for a vaginal infection. Gonorrhea can be cured with antibiotics, but remains a major cause of________ leading to infertility. HPV is a common_______ STD with 5.5 million new infections each year and 20 million people currently infected in the U.S. There are 30 types of HPV that can affect the _____area, including those “high risk” strains that can lead to cervical cancer in women. Nearly ______ women die of cervical cancer each year. Other “low risk” types of HPV cause genital _______, small growths on the genital area. HPV can be spread by contact with the genital area of an infected partner. There is ______ medical cure for HPV. Most mild infections can be destroyed by the body’s immune system over time. If a “high risk” HPV infection is not cleared by the immune system, it can remain present for many years and turn abnormal cells into cancer over time. A new vaccine against HPV is currently available for females and protects against the strains of HPV that are the most common causes of cervical cancer and genital warts. While the vaccine is expected to reduce rates of cervical cancer, it does not provide complete protection. So sexually active females are still at risk and should get regular Pap tests, which are important for detecting cervical cancer early, when it can be treated most effectively. Students should talk with their parents and doctors about this vaccine. Genital herpes is another common ______ STD. In the U.S., there are 1 million new infections each year with 45 million people currently infected, involving nearly one in every _______ people 12 years and older. With or without symptoms, genital herpes can be transmitted by_______ contact between sex partners. Some people with genital herpes have symptoms, but most don’t. Typical symptoms of genital herpes are painful, recurring _______ or sores on or around the genitals or rectum. People diagnosed with a first episode can expect to have 4 to 5 outbreaks within a year. Medications can help with outbreaks, but there is ____ cure for genital herpes. Trichomoniasis is a common STD caused by a microscopic _______ infecting 5 million people in the U.S. each year. Most men have _____ symptoms. Some women may have a vaginal discharge and experience discomfort during intercourse or urination. Trichomoniasis can be diagnosed through a physical exam with a lab test, and can be _____ with a prescription drug. HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, progressively destroys the body’s ability to fight ______ and certain cancers. HIV is most often transmitted through sexual contact. Of the approximately 56,000 new HIV cases per year, an estimated _____ percent of those occurred among young people under age 30. It may take ____ before symptoms of AIDS appear. However, an infected person can infect other sexual partners whether or not symptoms are present. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. There is a cure for HIV/AIDS An individual knows when he or she is infected with HIV. You cannot contract HIV from oral sex. A person can contract HIV by shaking hands with an infected person. HIV/AIDS is only an adult disease and does not occur in teenagers. There are more than (10, 25, 100) significant sexually transmitted diseases. Every year approximately (2, 4, 8) million teens acquire an STD. That’s (1001, 2542, 10,959) every day, (101, 342, 457) every hour, or one every (8, 20, 30) seconds. FACT: When you have sex, you are exposed to your partner’s previous partners as well. The possibility of getting an STD multiplies as each partner has sex with more people. Your Partners Their Partners 1 2 3 4 5 6 Total of your Partner’s partners: Total of your partners: Total exposures: _____ _____ _____ _____ _____ _____ _____ + _____ = ______ 1 6 2 YOU 5 3 4 Compassion is the attitude and action of caring about someone who is in a distressing or difficult situation. Time To Build Character Write a letter to your parent or guardian describing how you would feel if you had contracted HIV/AIDS. Time To Share (interview parent/guardian) 1. 2. 3. 4. What are some of the most common STDs? Can STDs be cured? How can you tell if someone has an STD? What is the only way to eliminate the risk of contracting an STD? END LESSON 2 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. T/F STDs are sexually transmitted diseases. T/F There are over 25 significant STDs. T/F STDs can be contracted from body fluids of another infected person. T/F You will always know if you have an STD T/F You can always tell if your partner has an STD. T/F Many STDs have no symptoms. T/F You can contract HIV and other STDs through oral sex. List 3 of the most common STDs. Lesson 3 Watch: “Growing Up Too Quickly” Time To Talk Why did these couples think they wouldn’t get pregnant? How did their lives change after they got pregnant? Fill In The Blank 1. 2. 3. 4. There are approximately _______ teen pregnancies each year. Nearly ______ of sexually experienced teen girls (those who have had sexual intercourse at least once) have been pregnant. Teen mothers are less likely to finish high school: only about _____ of teenagers who have a child before they are 18 have earned a high school diploma by age 30. _________ is the only way to be absolutely sure that you will not be involved in a teen pregnancy. Remember pregnancy is always a “we” event – it takes two to create a baby. What would happen if you (or your girlfriend) became pregnant? What options would you have, and what are the potential consequences of each option? POSSIBLE OUTCOMES 1. Become a single ________. 2. Get __________. 3. Have an __________. 4. Place the baby up for __________. CONSEQUENCES __ a.m.: wake up __ a.m.: take shower and get ready for school __ a.m.: wake up and dress my son/daughter __ a.m.: take my son/daughter to day-care 6:30 a.m.: go to school 1:30 p.m.: pick up my son/daughter at day-care __ p.m.: give my son/daughter a bath __ p.m.: feed him/her __ p.m.: unpack his/her diaper bag and repack new one __ p.m.: play with my son/daughter __ p.m.: get ready for work 5:00 p.m.: go to work 9:15 p.m.: come home, feed my son/daughter, put him/her to bed __ p.m.: make formula for the next day __ p.m.: clean up the house (do laundry and homework) __p.m.: go to bed 5:00 a.m.: wake up 5:15 a.m.: take shower and get ready for school 6:00 a.m.: wake up and dress my son/daughter 6:15 a.m.: take my son/daughter to day-care 6:30 a.m.: go to school 1:30 p.m.: pick up my son/daughter at day-care 2:00 p.m.: give my son/daughter a bath 2:30 p.m.: feed him/her 3:00 p.m.: unpack his/her diaper bag and repack new one 3:30 p.m.: play with my son/daughter 4:00 p.m.: get ready for work 5:00 p.m.: go to work 9:15 p.m.: come home, feed my son/daughter, put him/her to bed 9:30 p.m.: make formula for the next day 9:45 p.m.: clean up the house (do laundry and homework) 10:30 p.m.: go to bed 1. CONDOMS DO FAIL. Because latex condoms are made of rubber they can _____ and ______. Studies show that this occurs ___ to ____ % of the time. Typical couples who use condoms for birth control experience a first year failure rate of _____ % in preventing pregnancies. CONDOMS DO NOT ELIMINATE THE RISK OF CONTRACTING STDs. 2. For condoms to most effectively reduce the risk of contracting STDs they must be used consistently, _________ time, and correctly. When used every time, condoms are: According to the CDC, condom use cannot guarantee absolute protection against any STD. Most effective against HIV, reducing the risk by ____% versus not using a condom at all. However, ___% of the risk remains for a life threatening disease with no cure. Approximately ____% effective in reducing the risk of STDs spread by body _____, such as chlamydia, gonorrhea, trichomoniasis. However, _____% of the risk remains. Less effective in reducing the risk of STDs spread by _____ to ______ contact (ex. Herpes, syphilis). Condoms offer ___ protection if the infection is located outside the area covered by the condom. Studies also show that condoms are less effective in protecting against _____, the most common viral STD. However, some risk reduction may occur with HPV related symptoms (ex. Genital warts and cervical cancer). Is “safe or safer sex” safe enough?_________ ________ provides the only 100% protection against contracting an STD. We know that the annual failure rate of typical couples using condoms to prevent a pregnancy is 15 percent. A 15 percent annual failure rate means it fails approximately 1 out of every 7 times over the course of a year. Which of these activities would you do if you knew there was a 15 percent annual failure rate? A roller coaster ride at Carowinds? An airline flight? Skydiving? Why do some teenagers risk getting pregnant, contracting an STD, or being emotionally hurt by being sexually active and using a condom? METHOD User Failure Rate HIV/STD Prevention No Contraception 85% NONE Spermicidal foam 29% NONE Rhythm (Calendar) 25% NONE Male Condom 15% Most effective against HIV; Less risk reduction against other STDs. Diaphragm 16% NONE Oral – “The Pill” 8% NONE Depo-Provera 3% NONE IUD .9% NONE Abstinence 0% 100% PREVENTION Definition: Responsibility is the attitude and action of realizing and accepting the fact that you are accountable for your actions. Make a list of ways your life would change if you were a parent responsible for a baby. Interview a parent/guardian by asking the following questions: 1. 2. 3. 4. How would you define “safe or safer sex”? Does using a condom eliminate the risk of getting pregnant? Does using a condom eliminate the risk of contracting and sexually transmitted disease? What is the only way to totally eliminate the risk of pregnancy or contracting an STD? END LESSON 3 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. T/F There are more than 800,000 teenage pregnancies each year. T/F Most teen moms will graduate from high school. T/F Typical couples who use condoms for birth control experience a first year failure rate of 15% in preventing pregnancies. T/F Condoms can break and slip off. T/F Condoms do eliminate the risk of contracting STDs. T/F Some STDs are transmitted through skin-to-skin contact. T/F Abstinence is the only 100% way to absolutely certain you will not be involved in a teen pregnancy. List 3 ways teen couples’ lives can change with a teen pregnancy. Lesson 4 Watch “Where’s the Pressure Coming From?” Time to Talk What does it mean to be “pressured”? What pressures to be sexually active did the teens experience? What does the media say about sex? What is peer pressure? Pressure to do something because a peer (friend) wants you to do it. What causes someone to do something just because others want them to do it? Ex.) fear of rejection, need for acceptance What are you willing to do to be accepted? Hormones cause sexual development and growth, as well as intense sexual feelings. It is normal to have sexual feelings as your body changes. However, acting on what feels good without thinking of the consequences is an immature way to handle these sexual pressures. An immature attitude says: I want it. I need it. I’ll do it my way. A mature attitude says: I’ll think before I act. I’ll consider the consequences. I won’t act on my feelings. ACTION You get angry You want to be accepted by others You’re too tired to practice with the team You don’t want to study for a test Someone you like wants to have sex with you RESPONSE CONSEQUENCES How is curiosity a sexual pressure? Time To Experience Activity (A Mint for Marriage) How does a peppermint pattie smell? How does the smell make you anticipate the taste? 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. Teens 15 and older who drink alcohol are (not as, a little, seven times) likelier to have sex than those who don’t drink. Alcohol (lowers, keeps the same, increases) inhibitions, resulting in poor judgment. Alcohol is a (toxic drug, stimulant, depressant). A (shot of liquor, can of beer, glass of wine) contains the most alcohol. Alcohol can impair (mental, social, sexual) development in young people. Binge drinking (more than 4-5 drinks in one sitting) can numb brain cells causing (a headache, a stomachache, death). Alcohol use is present in nearly (one-tenth, one-third, half to three-fourths) of all date rapes among college students. Alcoholism is a chronic disease with (no cure, some cure, a complete cure). Currently, nearly 14 million Americans – 1 in every (3, 5, 13) adults – abuse alcohol or are alcoholics. Definition: Respect is the attitude and action of valuing others and treating each person with dignity. Which of the following situations demonstrates respect You tease another person You put down your boyfriend/girlfriend after you break up You listen when a friend is hurting You don’t join in when others start gossiping You tell rude jokes about the opposite sex How can you show respect to another person? END LESSON 4 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. List 4 ways teens might feel pressured to have sex. What message does the media give about sex? Give a characteristic of immature behavior. Give a characteristic of mature behavior. List 3 ways alcohol can adversely affect a young person. Lesson 5 Watch “Choosing Abstinence Until Marriage” Time To Talk Why do you think more than half of teenagers choose to be abstinent? Why do you think the teens say that abstinence until marriage is the best path for a teenager to take? What freedoms do you have if you choose to wait until marriage? Time To Experience ½ of class: Reasons why some teens choose to have sex. ½ of class: Reasons why some teens choose to not have sex. Which list has the healthiest ideas to help you choose the best path? Abstinence is easy as A-B-C Abstinence is the: Best preparation for the future by: Choosing not to engage in these at-risk sexual behaviors: Sexual intercourse Oral sex Anal sex Mutual masturbation Waiting to have sex gives you freedom to pursue goals and dreams. List 3 goals and how abstinence will help you reach each goal. 13 volunteers 8 girls 5 guys Each volunteer will receive a sign with a name on it to hold. Paper represents Michael & Makayla’s wedding bed. I will read a story, when you hear the name on your sign called come and sit on the paper. END LESSON 5 1. 2. 3. 4. List 3 reasons why some teens choose to be sexually active. List 5 reasons why the majority of teens choose to be abstinent. Abstinence is the best preparation for the ________ by________ not to engage in at-risk sexual behavior. Which of the following is considered an at-risk sexual behavior a) b) c) d) e) Vaginal sex Oral sex Anal sex Mutual masturbation All of these Lesson 6 Watch Video Time To Talk Is there a difference between love and sex? Can you love someone without having sex? How does choosing not to have sex affect a relationship? Class divided into boys and girls Each group appoints a leader You will have 7 minutes to work on answering the questions on the next slide. The opposite group will award points from 1-5 for each response you think reflects a healthy understanding of the opposite sex. The group with the highest score wins. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. What do you wish guys/girls knew about guys/girls? What qualities do you look for in a guy/girl? What qualities do you think guys/girls want in a guy/girl? What activities would make a great date? What activities do you think guys/girls would like on a great date? LOVE is a commitment to the happiness of someone you care about. It is tested by time and circumstances. INFATUATION is an intense feeling or being attracted to another person, which is untested by time and circumstances. What is one way you can tell if you are in love or if you are infatuated with the other person? (let time go by, spend time together doing what the other person likes to do) Which group will place the words/phrases in the correct group (Love or Infatuation)? You will label your paper with 2 columns LOVE INFATUATION When the next slide appears write the correct words/phrases in the correct column (Love or Infatuation) Untested by time Long-term Possessive A decision A physical attraction Self giving Increases over time Temporary Strengthens the relationship jealous Based on feelings Cares for another Fears losing the person Happens frequently Excludes others in relationships A friendship that grows Trusting Expects immediate gratification Patient with the other person On their first date Alan and Susie were both shy. As the night went on, they felt more comfortable and held hands. At the end of the date, Alan gave Susie a short kiss. On their next date, one kiss was not enough and they kissed for several minutes. Eventually, that was no longer satisfying and they started fooling around more seriously. Before they knew what was happening there was only one line left to cross, and they had sex. Soon their relationship grew bitter. They broke up, each feeling used and empty. 1. 2. How did sex affect their relationship? Why did Alan and Susie feel the need to go further each time? You will always want more than you had before. That’s why it’s important to set your boundaries before you get in situations that may take you further than you want to go. Now let’s learn about the “Grandma Rule” and how that cute little lady can help you set boundaries... Holding Hands Hugging Kissing French Kissing Touching “Other Stuff” Intercourse Self-discipline comes from a personal decision to do (or not do) something in order to reach a goal. How does self-discipline help an athlete? A good student? A musician? How will self-discipline help you wait to have sex until marriage? LIST BOUNDARIES YOU WOULD LIKE TO ESTABLISH: 1. 2. 3. I choose not to be at the following locations: I choose not to be in the following situations: I choose not to go beyond the following sexual step before marriage: END LESSON 6 List 3 characteristics of infatuation. 2. List 3 characteristics of love. 3. List 3 steps to becoming “pressure proof”. 4. What does it mean to “set boundaries”? 1. Lesson 7 Watch Video Time To Talk What words or lines have you heard people use to influence someone to have sex? What would you say if you were on the receiving end of one of these lines? Why is it hard to say “no” to someone you care about? 1. When friends try to pressure you with putdowns give a comeback. 1st guy: You mean you’re still a virgin? 2nd guy: I’ve decided to wait so I never have to worry about getting a disease. 1st guy: Everybody’s doing it; what’s wrong with you? 2nd guy: Everybody’s not doing it. I’m waiting to do it the right way, with the right person at the right time so I never have any regrets. 2. When you here a line from someone use a linebacker. Line: Come on. Everybody’s doing It! Linebacker: I want to marry someone who is inexperienced so we can learn together. Line: This is between the two of us; no one will ever know. Linebacker: If you love me, you’ll respect my feelings and stop pushing me. Your boyfriend/girlfriend makes a suggestion: “No one’s at my house all day. Why don’t you come over?” First you make a POSITIVE statement- Yes “I really like spending time with you.” Follow this with a NEGATIVE statement, but don’t put the other person down- No. “But I’m not sure I trust myself being alone with you.” Finally, add a POSITIVE statement that offers an alternative – Yes. “Let’s go to the mall and hang out with the others.” Application Use YES-NO-YES to avoid the following suggestion: “Let’s take a little detour on our way home.” When someone puts you on the defense, grab the offense instead. Sometimes you need to let the person who is pressuring you know how you feel. Take the offense by using these phrases: When you do…, I feel… When you say…, I feel… Here’s an example. “Look, I really love you, but when you keep pressuring me after I say ‘no’, I feel you don’t really care about me.” “When you keep pushing me to have sex after I say ‘no’, I feel used and angry. Why don’t you show me you care about me by respecting me?” Definition: Courage means facing difficulties and pressures while remaining firm in your beliefs. It takes courage to stand up for abstinence when others seek instant gratification. Speaking up may cost you a few friends. It may even create some problems in your relationship with your girlfriend or boyfriend. How would courage help in the following situations? You log into your favorite chat room and read the following posts. How would you respond to them? 1. Help! I’m afraid if I tell my boyfriend “no” one more time he’ll break up with me. This is the first guy I’ve dated seriously and I don’t want to lose him. How can I say “no” to sex without losing him? 2. My girlfriend keep saying “no” to everything I want to try. At least she says “no” with her words, but everything else – her flirting, her clothes, her kisses – say, “keep going!” Man, am I confused. 3. I made a pledge to be abstinent when I was younger and not dating. Now, I’m dating, and it’s getting harder and harder to keep that pledge. What do I do? END LESSON 7 1. Reply to these “putdowns” with a “comeback”. a) b) 2. List linebackers for the following “lines”: a) b) c) d) 3. 4. 5. You mean you’re still a virgin? I can’t believe you haven’t done it yet. Come on. Everybody is doing it. If you really love me, then prove it. You owe me something for all I’ve done for you. We can stop anytime, I promise. Why is it hard to say no to someone you care about? How do you say no to someone you care about? Respond to the following with a yes-no-yes: “No one’s at my house all day. Why don’t you come home with me?” Lesson 8 Watch Video Time To Talk How did these teenagers feel pressured? How well did they stand up under pressure? How were they assertive? It’s your right to say “NO” when someone asks you to do something you choose not to do. 5 ways to be assertive with your: Head Place where you make decisions about your standards, boundaries, and goals. How can having standards, boundaries and goals help you be assertive? Heart Show you care for, respect, and value yourself and others. Is there a difference between assertive behavior and aggressive behavior? Mouth The way you say “NO” in a firm, strong voice. Giving reasons and offering alternatives provide different ways of responding to sexual pressure. Body Language How you hold your body, the way you dress, even the way you stand sends out strong messages. Feet Sometimes the best assertive move you can make is to walk away from the pressure. Situation #1 “The Guys” Background Darin is on the basketball team. His friends are constantly talking about girls and sex. Darin has been dating Angel for the past six months and spends a lot of time with her. They have chosen to be abstinent. Scene Darin and two of his friends are talking after school about an upcoming party. They ask Darin if he is going, and he says he will have to check with Angel. His friends want to know if he’s having sex with Angel since he’s spending so much time with her. When Darin explains that he’s not having sex with her, they start to put pressure on him. Planning How should Darin be assertive? Evaluation (on a 1-5 scale, where 1 is not so good, and 5 is excellent) How realistic was Darin? How realistic were his friends? How could Darin have been better at being assertive? Girl reads Background and Scene Planning How should Paula be assertive? Evaluation How realistic was Paula? How realistic were her friends? How could Paula have been better at being assertive? Volunteer to read Background and Scene Planning How should Steve be assertive? Evaluation How realistic was Sarah? How realistic was Steve? How could Steve have been better at being assertive? Volunteer to read background and scene Planning How should Farah be assertive? Evaluation How realistic was Sonny? How realistic was Farah? How could Farah have been better at being assertive? Choosing the best path takes perseverance to stay sexually abstinent until marriage. Perseverance means you stick to it, and it involves: Commitment: making a decision and sticking with it. Courage: taking a stand every time you say “NO”, even when those around you say “yes”. Write down the name of someone to talk with about the pressures you face. List the things you want to talk about. Answer the following questions on a separate sheet of paper. 1. 2. 3. What have you learned from this unit on Choosing The Best Path? How has it changed the way you think about yourself? What promises have you made to yourself as a result of this unit?