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Webquest on Sexual
Presenting the Reasons to Wait
Prepared By: Mary Shannon & Doug McCall
Sponsored By: www.sexualityandu.ca
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Abstaining from sexual intercourse is becoming a more popular choice among young people these days. This webquest explores the issue of abstinence and asks participants to identify and then consider the reasons for waiting longer before they engage in sexual intercourse.
The task of this webquest is to prepare an editorial for your school newsletter or for your community newspaper that presents the arguments for abstaining from sexual intercourse until a person is in a long tern, committed relationship and is in a stage in their life where the intensity of a sexual relationships fits with their goals and aspirations.
Process and Steps
(Don't forget to take notes on your activities in this webquest. Use section 3.2 of your Personal Health Journal)
The next step in this webquest is to gather the facts related to abstinence. Read the following articles and fact sheets and compile the arguments for deciding to abstain from sexual intercourse (and other intense forms of sexual activity) until it fits with your life plans and you are in a committed, long-term relationship.
The assigned readings are:
Next, examine the arguments listed in that lesson plan for why young people choose to have sexual intercourse. Prepare a list of counter-arguments and realistic alternatives that respond to the arguments for having intercourse. These counterarguments will be needed for your editorial.
Use Section 3.7 of the Personal Health Journal to organize and develop your arguments. Read the Evaluation Criteria for Writing to Persuade to see how your editorial will be evaluated. Also, review editorials in your daily or community newspapers to see how they are written.
Next, assume that actors, instead of real people, did the video clips from the PBS show. Assess and describe how “real” to the teens on that show would seem to young people you know. Also, identify the best and worst part of the scenes from those clips from the perspective of portraying their messages about youth and sex. What worked and what did not work?
The group should prepare a one-two page review of the online videos (Use Section 3.6 of your Personal health Journal to identify questions that you can answer in preparing your review. Note: Not all of those questions will apply to this webquest and to these specific videos.)
How Your Work will be Evaluated
Each member of the group will be evaluated on their
Your work on this webquest will be evaluated on the basis of your Summary and Commentary Report on the assigned readings for the webquest.
Conclusions and Extensions
editorial to your local community or school newspaper.