Importance of Friendship

Source: ETR RECAPP Website

Target Audience: 11 to 13 Years (Levels II, preadolescence, ages 9 through 12; later elementary school; Level III, early adolescence, ages 12 through 15;middle school /junior high school)

Duration of Lesson: 60 to 75 Minutes

Date Published: Not Specified; Adapted from the unpublished Wait4Sex curriculum, developed by ETR Associates and funded by the Office of Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention.

Summary: In this lesson, youth brainstorm the qualities of a friend by making up “want ads” and discussing why friendships are important. They read and act out scenarios and engage in group discussion about the qualities important in good friendships. At the end of this lesson, youth should be able to describe the importance of friendship in their lives, and identify at least three skills needed to develop and maintain friendships.

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From An Objective Point of View (video and lesson plan)

Source: Scenarios USA

Target Audience: Level IV (adolescence, ages 15 through 18; high school)

Duration of Lesson: 45 minutes including video

Date Published: 2002
Summary: Two best friends make a pact not to have sex without consulting the other. With their agreement on the verge of being broken, the result is an honest look at teenage desire. This video deals with decision-making, prevention, abstinence, and issues of gender. Scenarios USA videos are professionally-produced films written by teens for teens. This film was written by 16-year old Janet Aponte of Forest Hills High School in Queens, New York City, and directed by Jim McKay (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit) and Hannah Weyer (La Boda).
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Gender Roles & Relationships

Source: Advocates for Youth

Target Audience: Level IV (adolescence, ages 15 through 18, high school)
Topic: Friendship

Duration of Lesson: 40 to 50 minutes

Date Published: Undated

Summary: This lesson examines how gender roles affect relationships and explores situations where gender roles and stereotypes might affect teen’s goals, decisions and relationships. Participants group into teams to resolve an assigned case study and present their solution to the entire group. Suggested questions for guiding a discussion are included.

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Looking for Love? Not Always! Exploring the Variety of Human Relationships. An Activity for Developmentally Disabled Youth.

Source: ETR ReCAPP Website

Target Audience: Developmentally delayed youth, ages 13 to 18; Level III (early adolescence, ages 12 through 15; middle school/junior high school) and IV (adolescence, ages 15 through 18; high school)
Topic: Friendship

Duration of Lesson: Three 30 to 45 minute sessions

Date Published: 2001

Summary: Intended for moderate to high functioning developmentally delayed youth, this 3 part lesson helps youth identify various types of relationships and describe appropriate ways people in different kinds of relationships relate to each other. Through small group and large group discussion, youth are asked to look at pictures and talk about the similarities and differences between romantic relationships and other relationships and to identify strategies for dealing with challenging relationships.

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Friendship, Grades 4-6, Lesson #5 

Source: Family Life and Sexual Health (F.L.A.S.H.) curriculum, Public Health – Seattle & King County

Target Audience: Level II (preadolescence, ages 9 through 12 years; upper elementary school; grades 4-6)

Duration of Lesson: 35-40 minutes

Date Published: 2009

Summary: In this lesson about friendship, students learn to identify the characteristics of a good friend, ways to maintain a friendship, and ways to initiate conversations with potential friends. An optional family homework activity is included.

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