Tenth Grade Family Life Education (FLE)

Year at a Glance

Grade Ten Instructional Objectives – Human Growth and Development

10.1 Students will discuss specific health concerns.

Descriptive Statement: Topics will include early detection strategies (self-examinations and medical examinations) and identification of warning signs of various gynecological disorders, breast cancer (female and male), and testicular cancer.  Instruction will include testicular self-examination (boys only) and breast self-awareness (girls and boys separately).

10.2 Students will identify how contraceptive methods work and will identify the advantages of abstaining from sexual activity.

Descriptive Statement: Instruction will include barrier, hormonal, behavioral and surgical methods. Reproductive anatomy and physiology will be reviewed as appropriate. Sexual abstinence will be identified as the appropriate choice for adolescents. Instruction will include effective strategies for resisting peer pressure, such as communication, assertiveness, and refusal skills.

10.3 Students will discuss abortion and the different opinions in society about abortion.

Descriptive Statement: This includes the concept that abortions can be spontaneous (i.e. miscarriage) or induced. Varying opinions concerning abortion will be discussed. Information on the physical, emotional, and psychological risks will be presented. Applicable local, state and federal laws will be discussed (e.g. Virginia Parental Notification, Safe Haven, and Roe v. Wade).

10.4 Students will discuss adoption as a positive choice in the event of an unintended pregnancy.

Descriptive Statement: Information will be provided about the benefits of adoption for parents, child, family, and community.  Community resources for further information and support are identified.

10.5 Students will examine the most common bacterial, viral, and parasitic sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

Descriptive Statement: Instruction will include review of bacterial, viral, and parasitic infections; and prevention, transmission, diagnosis, health consequences, and treatment of STIs. Abstinence from both sexual activity (including oral and anal sex) and intravenous drug use will be presented as the most effective way to minimize the risk of contracting STIs. Use of condoms and use of pre-exposure prophylaxis (HIV prevention) as means of prevention will also be presented. Risk factors discussed will include the effects of alcohol and drug use on decision making.  Community health resources for further information, assistance, and support will be identified.

10.6 Students will recognize development of sexuality as an aspect of one’s total personality.

Descriptive Statement: Instruction will include how sexuality develops throughout a lifetime and how sexuality encompasses attitudes, values, and behaviors. Sexual orientation and gender identity terms will be discussed with focus on appreciation for individual differences. Students with questions or concerns about their sexual orientation or gender identity will be advised to talk with a parent or other trusted adults such as members of clergy and health care providers.

10.7 Students will examine teen dating relationships, teen dating violence, and human (teen sex) trafficking; and strategies for prevention and help.

Descriptive Statement: Instruction will include elements of healthy dating relationships including affirmative consent. Instruction will include elements of unhealthy and abusive dating relationships to include verbal, physical, emotional, and sexual abuse; Internet exploitation; and how coercive dating relationships may result in coerced sex and human (teen sex) trafficking. Instruction will include that abuse is never the fault of the victim and that responsibility for abuse lies with the person perpetrating abusive and coercive behaviors. Instruction will also include risk reduction strategies (establishing personal boundaries and being respectful of personal boundaries and the boundaries of others) and available resources for further information, assistance, and support. Instruction will include bystander awareness and intervention strategies.


Grade Ten Media - Human Growth and Development

Testicular Cancer and the Importance of TSE, Health Edco, 2001 (9 minutes)

This informative, documentary-style video describes testicular cancer, explains how it can affect men, and identifies potential risk factors and possible warning signs. Emphasizing the importance of early detection and treatment, this video teaches men how to perform monthly testicular self-examination to detect abnormalities.

Tricked: Inside the World of Teen Sex Trafficking. Fairfax Network, 2014. (23:28 minutes)

The Trapping Phase: This segment focuses on the Trapping phase and techniques traffickers use in order to make victims stay, including fear, violence, drugs and blackmail. Self-Esteem Matters: This segment focuses on what defines healthy self-esteem and healthy relationships and how can that protect you. Getting Help: This segment focuses on spotting the signs of possible teen sex trafficking involvement for you, or others, and how to get help.