AIDS Educator - Raising Awareness through Education

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AIDS Educators: Lesson Plans

Below are some recommended lesson plan resources targeted towards youth that we have identified to date. These help to map out the priliminary basis for us to feature and develop lesson plans such as these into strong, interactive, and engaging presentations made easily accessible to everyone in a position to teach others about HIV/AIDS.  In the meantime, we want to highlight this material so that it is made available to everyone. We are posting these at this time to bridge the gap between our production and the availability of these materials. Please also contact us if you know of any other such collections of lesson plans. As this section continues to be developed, please bookmark this page and check back often.


New York City Department of Education: HIV/AIDS Cirriculum (K - 12)

Grades K-3: General basics of disease prevention, washing hands, covering your mouth when you sneeze or cough, and cleaning and bandaging cuts. Later they learn not to touch other people's blood, and to ask adults for help when someone is bleeding.

Grades 4-6: Activities focus on how to resist negative peer pressure and "choose companions who share your beliefs, values, and interests." Students are told to stay away from alcohol and other drugs, and never to share needles or other sharp objects that can transmit blood from one person to another. Sexual transmission of HIV is introduced, and students are urged to abstain from sexual contact. Abstinance from sexual intercourse is emphasized as the only 100% effective way to prevent infection. Students are advised on how to cope with pressure not only from peers, but also from older adoloscents who may attempt to coerce them into risky behaviors. Lessons also include drug-related HIV transmission.

Grades 7-12: Adolescents learn to avoid alcohol and other drugs, which may impair their judgement and put them at increased risk for HIV/AIDS infection. They are strongly encouraged to abstain from sexual intercourse. Some lessons also address methods of prevention, including the correct and consistant use of latex condoms, which can greatly reduce the risk of HIV/STI infection among people who are sexually active. Lessons also address HIV testing and explore how HIV/AIDS has affected our society.

Introduction Optional vocabulary and concept-building strategies for secondary grades