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Teacher Lesson Return to "Pregnant at 13—What I Wish I’d Heard"
Pregnant at 13—What I Wish I’d Heard
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Let’s Talk About Sex

Discussion: 10 minutes
Make sure everyone has paper and pen. Ask for a show of hands: Who got sex ed in school? Who got a “facts of life” lesson from an adult? Who learned about sex from friends, TV, or the internet? Then say the following question is for everyone, even if they got no instruction in sexual or reproductive health.

Ask, “What did you most want to know about sex that nobody told you?”

Give some examples of questions about the emotional side of sex as well as the physical facts (e.g., “How do you know when you’re ready?” or “How do you start a conversation about it?”). Have them write down their questions and tell them not to add their names. Have them fold their papers up. Gather the questions and write them on the board. Only write the serious questions down. Allow kids to call out questions to add to the list if they want to.

Read the Story: 10 minutes
Have the group read “Pregnant at 13—What I Wish I’d Heard.” Go around the room, taking turns reading out loud. Let group members pass if they want to.

Discussion: 15 minutes
Do another brainstorm, and this time ask the question: “What would you tell your pre-teen child about sex?” Add those thoughts on another section of the board, and then compare the two lists.

Ask the group, “Do you think it was the writer’s fault that she got pregnant? Why or why not?”
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