Grades 7 - 12

Overview

This is a suggested curriculum and can be easily adjusted based on the requirements of your program. Each segment of the curriculum is modular and can be used in any order.

Suggested Curriculum

7th Grade – Segment 1: (Can be taught over 2-3 week period)

My Family, Myself (Urban) “My Family” explores the changing relationships that youths have with their parents, guardians, and siblings as they mature and, it shows how these relationships affect their decision-making.

 “My Self” looks at youths’ feelings of self-esteem and self-respect and the role that they play when faced with difficult choices.

Scenario:  In this part of The Choice Game™ we are going to meet two young people:  Jared (African American) and Sally (Caucasian).  Each has different families, different situations and different challenges.

Let’s begin with Jared.  He was with a group of “friends” who were drinking alcohol at a school event. His friends were suspended.  He was verbally reprimanded and his parents were called.  Jared was not sanctioned by the school administration because he was not drinking. 

Sally’s Mom is a single parent.  She works hard and long hours to support the family.  Sally has felt she is left alone to make her own choices, but yearns for the guidance from her family.  She is exploring her options and lifestyles as she decides whom her “friends” will be.

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7th Grade – Segment 2: (Can be taught over 2-3 week period)

STDs and AIDS (MW) – The sexually transmitted Diseases and AIDS segment provides statistics and information that the only guaranteed protection is abstinence from sex, intravenous drug use and alcohol.

 Scenario:  In this part of The Choice Game™ Tommy (Caucasian) is a typical high school freshman.  He doesn't have a lot of friends. Today at school some kids were teasing him about things he didn't seem to know about sex.

His sister, Kim, (Caucasian) is a very popular senior at the same school.  Her friend, Alicia, (Caucasian) told her about Tommy's situation. So Kim's not surprised when Tommy comes to speak with her.  They have a good relationship and Tommy looks up to his "cool" sister.

Kim and Tommy have a heart-to-heart conversation in which Kim tries to explain the consequences of premarital sex and risky behaviors.  At the end Tommy has a serious choice to make which impacts the outcome of this segment.  Will he go to an unsupervised party or not?

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8th Grade – Segment 1:  (Can be taught over 2-3 week period)

Communications – "Communication" helps youth learn effective and ineffective communication strategies for letting true feeling and wishes be known.  "Refusal Skills" teaches youth to take control of their lives by asserting themselves and standing up for what they believe.  Introduces the concepts of “The Second Chance Club”, the Wait Ring and how one can make a commitment to new abstinence-based beliefs and values.

Scenario:  In this part of The Choice Game™ T.J. and Tina (both Hispanic) are attracted to each other.  Tina recently moved from a small town in South Jersey to the City of Newark .  T.J.’s father is a supervisor at a warehouse in the city and T.J. secretly made a copy of his dad’s keys and planned a special party for a few of his friends.  This segment gives both T.J. and Tina several critical decisions.  The choices they make regarding their relationship determine the consequences, their reputations and positive or negative results of their choices.  T.J.’s father and Tina’s grandmother share experiences opinions and act as adult role models and coaches.

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8th Grade – Segment 2:  (Can be taught over 2-3 week period)

Communications Summary - Learning to communicate within the family and with peers is critical to a healthy and successful current and future life.  In this segment seven special sections of The Choice Game™ Curriculum are explored in order to model for the students positive parent, grandparent, trusted adult and peer relationships. 

Scenarios and Objectives:

Teen Pregnancy - Eric, Jen, Eric’s Mom and sister (All Caucasian) - Eric and Jen are attracted to each other.  Todd’s mother meets with both her son and Jen to view her wedding video and discuss marriage, abstinence and the Wait Ring. 

Teen Pregnancy - Maxine and Grandma (Both African American) - Maxine tries to explain to her Grandma that even though she has had sex and a baby, she has learned new ideas at the home for unwed mothers where she’s been living, including “The Second Chance Club”, goal setting and the Wait Ring.

Drugs & Alcohol -Todd and Uncle Pete – trusted adult (Both Caucasian) - Adam’s parents are on vacation and he has decided to have some of his friends over for an unsupervised party with beer, marijuana and other substances.  Adam becomes worried and calls a trusted adult, his Uncle Pete, for advice and support. 

Drugs & Alcohol - Rachael (Hispanic)& Jeremy (African American) - Rachael is hooked on a variety of drugs.  She is in denial.  Her friend Jeremy can follow her example or suggest she go with him to a Narcotics Anonymous meeting.

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8th Grade – Segment 2: Communications Summary (Continued)

STDs - Kim and Tommy (Both Caucasian) - Kim, as Tommy’s older sister, wants only the best for him.  She shares how and why she believes sex should be saved until marriage as she explains about STDs and their consequences.

Influences - Sally (Caucasian) and Regana (African American) - Sally acts as a support system and coach to Regana who finds out she has Gonorrhea.  Regana has been betrayed by T.J. and now seeks her friend’s honesty and advice.

Influences - T.J. (Hispanic) and Regana (African American) - T.J. has convinced Regana to be alone with him and now he is trying his best lines and moves.    She has a choice and decides to walk away.

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9th Grade – Segment 1

Teen Pregnancy (MW) – The teen pregnancy segment explores a real life unplanned pregnancy from both the teen mother’s and father’s point of view including feelings, lifestyle changes and lost opportunities that having a baby when one is not prepared for the responsibilities of family life.

Scenario In this segment of The Choice Game™, Eric and Jennifer (both Caucasian) think they may be “in love.”  Eric comes from a family that believes sex should be only for marriage.

Jennifer's parents are divorced.  They are good parents, but her mother often has to work late and her dad lives far away. 

These young people face many serious decisions about sexual purity and abstinence.  Eric is a virgin while Jennifer has had a sexual relationship with an older boy.  As the segment unfolds depending on the paths chosen we discover Jennifer is pregnant with Eric’s baby.  She also has contracted an STD from Michael (Caucasian) who again based on the path chosen may be charged with statutory rape.  Another path leads to a positive counseling and mentoring session with Todd, and his mother where abstinence, The Wait Ring, marriage and family are all discussed.

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9th Grade – Segment 2:

STDs (Urban) Over 3 million teens become infected with a Sexually Transmitted Disease each year in the U.S.   This segment of The Choice Game™ educates young people regarding sexually risky behaviors that can lead to life long diseases and other consequences. 

Attitudes about pleasure seeking vs. virginity are discussed and evaluated as they relate to everyday health issues.

Scenario In this segment of the game two guys (both African American) are discussing a health class on STD's they just attended.  As the segment progresses we see one of these guys has high goals set for himself while the other plans to have fun now and not worry about the future.

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10th Grade – Segment 1:

Influences (Urban) – Influences examines the effects of the media, peer pressure and substances on youth.  In today’s media-oriented society young people receive far too many provocative and sexual messages on the TV, in the movies and through music.  This segment of The Choice Game™ examines how sex is used to sell products including alcohol and cigarettes.  Other influences explored include peer pressure to become involved in marijuana, alcohol and sex.  The young people make decisions that can lead to an STD, a broken heart or a possible unplanned pregnancy.

Scenario In this segment of The Choice Game™, Sally (Caucasian) and Regana (African American) meet in the cafeteria at school only learn that both will be out of school tomorrow to be at a Career Day with their parents.  Coincidentally they learn that their parents’ work for the same company called Global Media. 

These two young women learn a lot about how the media works to attract youth to their products.  We see how this experience follows them into their every day lives and choices.

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10th Grade – Segment 2:

Drugs and Alcohol ( Midwest ) Explores the harmful effects of destructive substances and how they dramatically impair decision-making abilities.  Under age drinking and illegal drugs can destroy lives and futures.  Unsupervised parties where both alcohol and drugs are present lead to dangerous outcomes.

Scenario In this segment of the game Adam’s parents (Caucasian) are on vacation and he has decided to have some of his friends over for an unsupervised party with beer, marijuana and other substances.  As the segment begins some friends (All Caucasian) can decide to go to the movies instead of being at the party.  If the choice is made to go to the party the consequences can be as simple as a messy house with parents who ground Adam, to possible date rape, an arrest, an accident with a resulting death and other serious consequences.

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11th Grade – Segment 1:

Teen Pregnancy (Urban) Explores a real life unplanned pregnancy from both the teen mother’s and father’s points of view including feelings, lifestyle changes, and lost opportunities that having a baby when one is not prepared for the responsibilities of family life.  In this week students explore:  Romance vs. Addictive Love. Identifying and dealing with both healthy and abusive relationships. Dreams vs. Reality. Parents/Grandparents or Guardians and their views. It’s not easy to be a teen mom or a teen dad.  “The baby burden.” Preparing for your future and for your child’s future.  The perfect man/husband.  The perfect woman/wife. Setting new limits/boundaries.  Re-defining yourself, your goals and your dreams. The Time machine and how the past can predict the future.  Teach whom to trust with your heart. Again visiting the ideas of abstinence and the symbol of the “Wait” ring.

Scenario In this part of The Choice Game™, Maxine (African American) is six months pregnant and living at a home for unwed mothers because her grandmother can't take on the responsibility of this pregnancy.  Charlie (African American), the baby's father has his own decisions to make.  As the segment opens we find him in the Navy.  He’s just about to find out about Maxine’s pregnancy.  Is he the father?  If he is, what will he do?  Adoption, marriage and the single life with and without abstinence are explored.  Both mother and father must plan for their futures and their child’s future.

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11th Grade – Segment 2:   (Can be taught over 2-3 week period)

My Family/Myself Summary - Personal belief systems start with the family.  Young people struggle to define themselves and their newly emerging values as they relate to their family.  In this generation as the nuclear family lessons The Choice Game™ explores both the traditional and not so traditional meaning of family, including trusted adults and friends.

Scenarios and Objectives:

Influences Sally, Mom (both Caucasian) and Mr. Fernandez (Hispanic) - Sally has gone to work with her Mom for Career Day and ends up in a conversation with her Mom’s Boss concerning a lawsuit resulting from the advertising of cigarettes.  Mr. Fernandez goes on to discuss a possible drug problem with his son and asks Sally’s opinion.

Drugs & Alcohol Sally & Mom (Both Caucasian) - Sally has gone to a party at Adam’s house, which is unsupervised.  Once she sees there is alcohol and drug use, she can decide to just leave or to call her mom.

Communications – Tina (Hispanic), Regana and Grandma (both African American) - Tina has confided in her Grandmother that she went to a secret party to meet T.J. and got more than she bargained for.  Grandma explains 3 kinds of “love”, Wait Ring concept, True love and waiting until marriage for sex.

Communications - T.J. & Dad (both Hispanic) - T.J.’s been caught using his father’s keys to the warehouse where he works to throw a secret party for a few friends.  Dad and son have a serious conversation regarding sex, marriage and the future.

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11th Grade – Segment 2:  My Family/Myself Summary (Continued)

My Family/Myself - Jared, Mom and Dad (all African American) - Jared was with a group of “friends” who were drinking alcohol at a school event. His friends were suspended.  He was verbally reprimanded and his parents were called.  Jared was not sanctioned by the school administration because he was not drinking.  Jared’s parents confront him with their feelings about his lack of judgment.

My Family/Myself (Jared, Mom and Dad) - Following Jared’s grounding for the incident at school he has a conversation with his Mom and Dad to tell them he feels the grounding was unfair. 

Teen Pregnancy - Eric, Jen and Mom (All Caucasian) - Jen and Eric have been sitting with Eric’s mom, watching her wedding video.  She is now explaining to them her views on premarital sex.

Teen Pregnancy - Eric & Jen (Both Caucasian) - Jen and Eric feel they are in love and they have stopped to question whether they are ready to be so serious in their relationship.

STDs - Kim and Tommy (Both Caucasian) - Kim and her younger brother are having a heart to heart about premarital sex, love and STDs.  Here Kim is explaining how romance, love, marriage and sex all fit together.

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12th Grade – Segment 1:

Drugs (Urban) - Explores the harmful effects of destructive substances and how they dramatically impair decision-making abilities.  Drugs are illegal and the fact is some drugs can lead to confusion, broken dreams, unplanned pregnancies, various STDs and other diseases.

Scenario In this part of The Choice Game™, Rachael (Hispanic) is hooked on a variety of drugs.  She is in denial.  Her friend Jeremy (African American) has to decide if he is going to be tempted by Rachael’s advances and try the drug (Ecstasy) she has brought, or will he stand his ground.  He can decide to use peer counseling and mentoring skills to get her off drugs.  She may become pregnant or at least she says that she is.  He worries about contracting an STD, ruining his future college plans and in one dramatic outcome Rachael dies from complications of the drug and Jeremy gets wrongfully arrested for her death.

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12th Grade – Segment 2:

Influences ( Midwest ) The Media has a great influence over our young people.  In many ways it competes with family, tradition, culture and values.  Drugs and sex are often part of the “ Hollywood ” or advertising scene.  This segment helps to prepare young people for our complex world of double standards.

Scenario: In this segment of The Choice Game™ we follow Sally, Ashley and Rick (all Caucasian).  The 3 young people were lucky enough to get summer Internships at Global Media.  Ashley’s boss is Jerry and she’s working in the Editing Department.  Sally is in the Marketing Department – the same department her Mom works in.  And Rick is dong Marketing.  As we follow each of them we see they all learn how the media affects decisions on which products we buy and how true the saying is “Sex Sells”.

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