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9.2: Using Sexual Morality – Student Edition (Human Biology)

Difficulty Level: At Grade Created by: CK-12
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Begin by asking students if all questions have right or wrong answers.

Introduce the concepts of absolute and relative moral principles.

Have students read this section.

Conduct Activity 8-1: Deciding for Yourself.

End by asking the class if they think having strong moral beliefs makes life harder or easier.

Absolute or Relative? Students describe the five pros and cons for absolute and relative morality and discuss them with the class.

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

What kind of moral belief is most closely related to cultural/social beliefs, which are beliefs of society as a whole?

What Do You Think?

Are most of your beliefs absolute or relative? Can you think of some beliefs that fit under each category?

Debate! Students debate the sentence, “There should be one age at which young adults assume the following adult responsibilities (instead of the various state and federally determined ages): driver's license, vote, military draft, drinking, and informed consent.”

What Do You Think?

Whom do you look to for moral guidance?

Sexuality Puzzle Students design a heart-shaped puzzle in which the pieces represent a source of influence on their sexual behavior, and the size of the pieces represent the amount of influence the piece has on their sexual behavior.

Decision-Making Practice Students identify or create a decision they must make and write out responses to the six-step decision process found in their text.

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

For the following statements, decide if the person has made the decisions for legal reasons, health reasons, absolute moral reasons, relative moral reasons, or for a combination of reasons.

1. I'm not going to have sex with him because he won't wear a condom and I don't want to run the risk of getting an STD.

2. I will never have sex before I'm married.

3. I would love to have sex with her, but we're both under 16 years old.

4. I never thought I'd have sex before I was married, but I love her so much, and I know that we care so much about one another, so I feel that it's right.

5. I won't have sex because I can't take the risk of getting pregnant, and no contraceptive method is 100% effective.

6. I've always thought it would be OK to have sex if I loved the person, but in this relationship I just don't feel right about it.

  • Where could you get more information about morality and sexuality?
  • Where would you be able to get more information about legal issues?
  • Where would you be able to get more information about health and physical consequences of sexual behavior?

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