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Activity 5-1: Why Do Adolescents Become Pregnant?

PLAN

Summary In this activity students begin to explore the reasons why adolescents get pregnant. Students are encouraged to look beyond obvious reasons.

Objectives

Students:

\checkmark identify the reasons why adolescent girls get pregnant.

\checkmark explain the reasons why boys get girls pregnant.

Student Materials

  • Activity Report

Teacher Materials

  • None required

Advance Preparation

None required

Estimated Time 30-40 minutes

Interdisciplinary Connections

This activity has Health connections. It can be expanded to include:

Social Studies Research statistics from government agencies on teenage pregnancy.

Prerequisites and Background Information

None required

IMPLEMENT

Introduce Activity 5-1 by asking students to remember a time when something didn't turn out to be quite what they had planned. Ask them to think about a job that turned out to be more difficult than they thought it would. Would they have thought twice about doing the activity or the job if they had known what it would have really been like, even if they thought it was a good idea at the time? Sometimes we do things to please others, because we haven't thought them through, or because we think that they will solve problems that they won't. We can avoid some of these mistakes by thinking carefully about our reasons and making sure we have a realistic understanding of consequences before we proceed. Pregnancy is one of those things that should be very carefully considered, and that's what this activity is about.

Step 1 Give each student an Activity Report and allow approximately 10 minutes to complete questions 1-3.

Steps 2-3 Divide class into small groups (4-6). Try to equalize the number of boys and girls. Each group should select a facilitator and a reporter. Members of the group should share their responses with each other, then share the group report with the class.

Step 4 After the group and class discussion, individuals write their own position statements on adolescent pregnancy.

Conclude Activity 5-1 by having students read the Student Edition, and then compare their responses with those of the author. In what way are they alike and in what way are they different?

ASSESS

Use the Activity Report responses and class discussion to assess if students can

\checkmark identify the reasons why girls get pregnant.

\checkmark explain the reasons why boys get girls pregnant.

What Do You Think

Why is there such a sharp difference between teenage pregnancy rates in this country and those in other industrialized countries?

What Do You Think?

What would you say to an adolescent who is thinking about getting pregnant because she wants to become an “adult” quickly?

Role-play: Becoming a Parent Students role-play a teenager who would like to become pregnant as a way to get respect and be treated as a grown-up and a counselor trying to convince the teenager that parenthood is not the answer.

Raising Kids-How Much Does It Cost? Students use the numbers from Figure 5.2 to create a pie chart and to find the average cost per year of raising a child.

Teen Parents Looking for a Job Students role-play a teenager interviewing for a job and the prospective employer. They discuss the concerns that the employer might have.

Activity 5-2: Problems of Being a Mother and Father

PLAN

Summary In this activity students begin to explore the problems of adolescent pregnancy. Both the mother and the father will have problems, not only as partners, but problems as individuals as well. Students' consciousness level of the realities of pregnancy will be raised.

Objectives

Students:

\checkmark identify the special problems teenage pregnancy can create for females.

\checkmark identify the special problems teenage pregnancy can create for males.

Student Materials

  • Activity Report

Teacher Materials

  • None required.

Advance Preparation

None required.

Estimated Time 30-40 minutes

Interdisciplinary Connections

This activity has Health connections. It can be expanded to include:

Language Arts/Art Have students design a brochure to educate teens about the problems of adolescent pregnancy.

Have students write brief scenarios of various problems and present them in the form of short skits for class discussion.

Prerequisites and Background Information

None

IMPLEMENT

Introduce Activity 5-2 by asking students to imagine what it would be like if they had to go home today and tell their partner and then their parents that they were pregnant or going to be a father? How would life change in an instant? This activity addresses those issues.

Step 1 Give each student an Activity Report and allow them approximately 10 minutes to complete it.

Step 2 Divide the class into small groups (4-6). Try to equalize the number of boys and girls in each group.

Steps 3-4 Each group should select a facilitator and a reporter. Groups will share their individual responses and discuss them. Groups will report their conclusions to the class for further discussion.

Step 5 Have students take 5 minutes to write their own position statement on the problems of being a teenage mother or father.

Conclude Activity 5-2 by asking students to think about which of the problems would be hardest for them to face. Remind them that at the beginning of the class you asked them to think about what it would be like to have to tell the people close to them that they were going to be a parent. Then ask them to think of three positive things that they would rather be able to tell their partner and parents tonight.

ASSESS

Use the completion of the activity and the responses on the Activity Report to assess if students can

\checkmark explain the effect on girls of adolescent pregnancy.

\checkmark explain the effect on boys of adolescent pregnancy.

\checkmark identify the special problems and challenges of adolescent pregnancy for both the girl and the boy.

\checkmark explain how this activity has or has not changed their attitude about adolescent pregnancy.

What Do You Think?

If you were the principal of a high school, would you allow or encourage a pregnant teenager to continue attending classes as long as possible? What are your arguments for and against her doing so?

A suggested response will be provided upon request. Please send an email to teachers-requests@ck12.org.

Look at the Did You Know? on page 31. Calculate the monthly cost of raising two children. If you are a parent on welfare receiving the 1990 average monthly payment is your welfare check enough to cover the cost of caring for your children?

What Do You Think?

Do you think welfare encourages a cycle of dependency? Should people in need receive help from the government? If so, for how long should they receive it? Would you put restrictions or conditions on those payments (such as finding a job within six months)?

Looking at Welfare Payments Students calculate several different figures based on the information on welfare provided in the Did You Know?

You are a social worker. It seems that every day you are assigned a new case concerning a pregnant teen who wants to drop out of school, and often you get a case in which young children, some as young as four or five, are left at home alone, while their young mother goes to work or school. How would you try to help these young mothers address their current problems and try to prevent future ones?

Review Questions/Answers

  • Sample answers to these questions will be provided upon request. Please send an email to teachers-requests@ck12.org to request sample answers.
  1. Why do adolescents get pregnant? List five reasons.
  2. What are two predictors of teenage pregnancy? Why?
  3. Can you get pregnant even if you use contraceptives during sexual intercourse? What is the only way to not get pregnant or make someone else pregnant?
  4. What physical factors might impact a young teenager's pregnancy more than a more mature woman's pregnancy?
  5. Name three factors that make teenage parenthood in American society so difficult.
  6. What does a cycle of dependency refer to?

Activity 5-1 Report: Problems of Being a Mother or Father (Student Reproducible)

1. List 5 reasons why you think some adolescents are willing to risk pregnancy even though they do not want to have children.

2. In your text there are several examples of statements people make when they are pressuring another person to have sexual intercourse and risk pregnancy. How should a person who does not want to risk pregnancy respond to these types of statements?

3. Do you think most adolescents completely understand the impact having a child will have on their life? Why or why not?

4. After you have discussed all these questions with your group, write your own position statement on adolescent pregancy.

I believe __________________________________________

____________________________________________________

____________________________________________________

Activity 5-2 Report: Problems of Being a Mother or Father (Student Reproducible)

Problems during Pregnancy

The Mother

Problems during Pregnancy

The Father

1. 1.
2. 2.
3. 3.
4. 4.
5. 5.

Problems after the Birth of the Baby

The Mother

Problems after the Birth of the Baby

The Father

1. 1.
2. 2.
3. 3.
4. 4.
5. 5.

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