This unit for Grade 8 Health Education is based on the Saskatchewan curriculum. It is not intended to be the ultimate in lesson planning for Health classes. Although it can be used as is, the intention is to help teachers to have a jumping off point from which they can extend the lesson plans presented to meet the needs of their students. Each lesson can be used on its own.
The outcomes and indicators covered in this unit are:
USC 8.4 Demonstrate an understanding of the impact of violence (including but not limited to emotional abuse, physical abuse, sexual abuse, spiritual abuse, and neglect) on the well-being of and the supports needed for self, family, and community.
a. Locate and evaluate, according to student-generated criteria, both sources of and information about violence and abuse in families and communities.
b. Discuss common definitions of “abuse” and “violence” and develop informed personal definitions of both.
c. Assess the impact of physical, emotional, spiritual, and sexual abuse on families and communities.
d. Determine that age does not protect one from abuse (e.g., parental, spousal, child, elder abuse).
e. Discuss the factors that are known to contribute to abuse (e.g., stress, exposure to violence, addictions, mental health issues, poverty).
f. Discuss the “cycle of abuse”.
g. Demonstrate ways to support those who may be experiencing abuse or living with an abusive family member.
h. Examine why victims of abuse sometimes keep the abuse a secret, and analyze the impact that these “secrets” have on self, family, and community.
i. Determine that a victim of violence/abuse is never at fault or to blame for the abuse.
j. Examine threats to personal safety and well-being at home, school, or in the community.
k. Research sources of support for and ways of protecting oneself and others from abuse.
l. Examine historical factors that may contribute to the disharmony within individuals, families, and communities.
m. Investigate sources of help for young people who behave in violent ways.
n. Investigate sources of help for an abused child, an abused peer, an abused parent/spouse, an abused grandparent/elder, or a family who has a mixture of violent behaviours.