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Difficulty Level: At Grade Created by: CK-12

Human Biology: An inquiry-based guide for the middle school student.

Developed by the Program in Human Biology at Stanford University and

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Letter to the Teacher

Letter to the Student

Unit Planning

Content Overview

Unit Activities and Key Ideas

Teacher's Guide Overview

Assessment Overview

Getting Started

Teaching Timelines

Safety Tips

1 Growth, Development, and Puberty

2 Growth of the Body

3 Sexual Maturation

4 Hormones and Puberty

5 The Menstrual Cycle

6 Gender Identity and Body Image

7 Harmful Ways of Changing Yourself

8 Feeling Good about Yourself

GroupWork Activities


Additional Resources


Activity Index

Text Authors

Modell Marlow Andersen, Herant Katchadourian

Activity Authors

Modell Marlow Andersen, Ken Whitcomb

GroupWork Authors

Heidi Ballard, Susan Schultz, Nicole Holthuis, Julie Bianchini, Rachel Lotan

Principal Investigator H. Craig Heller, Project Director Mary L. Kiely

The authors would like to thank Margy Kuntz for her review and revision s of the field test manuscript.


[Groupwork 6 Resource 1]

Reprinted with the permission of Atheneum Books for Young Readers, imprint of Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing Divisions from ANNIE'S PROMISE by Sonia Levitin. Copyright © 1993 Sonia Levitin.

[Groupwork 6 Resource 2]

FOR Obstetrics and Gynecology “Reprinted with permission from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (Obstetrics and Gynecology, 1994, Vol 84 No 5, pp. 867-871).”

FOR Journal of Adolescent Health: “Reprinted by permission of Elsevier Science from “Acquaintance Rape and the High School . . .”, Journal of Adolescent Health Vol 14 No 3, pp. 220-224 Copyright 1993 by The Society of Adolescent Medicine.”

Hanson, Kimberly A., and Christine A. Gidycz. “Evaluation of a Sexual Assault Prevention Program,” The Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology 61 (1993), 1046. Excerpt reprinted with permission of the American Psychology Association.

Archives of Sexual Behavior, 1994, Plenum Publishing Corporation, New York, NY.

“Self-Defense Training for College Women,” The Journal of American College Health, Volume 40, January, (1992), pp. 183-186.

Reprinted with permission of The Helen Dwight Reid Educational Foundation. Published By Heldref Publications, 1319 18th St. N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036-1802. Copyright 1998.

Dunn, Shelia F.M., M.D., and Valerie J. Gilchrist, M.D. “Sexual Assault,” Primary Care Volume 20, Issue #2, June, 1993, pp. vii and 359.

Excerpt reprinted with permission cf Saunders W.B. Company, West Philadelphia, Pa.

[Groupwork 7 Resource 1]

Planned Parenthood Golden Gate

Everyday Learning Development Staff


Steve Mica

Leslie Morrison

Susan Zeitner


Fran Brown

Annette Davis

Jess Schaal

Norma Underwood

Additional Credits

Project Editor: Dennis McKee

Shepherd, Inc.

ISBN 1-57039-692-2

Stanford University's Middle Grades Life Science Curriculum Project was supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, Carnegie Corporation of New York, and The David and Lucile Packard Foundation. The content of the Human Biology curriculum is the sole responsibility of Stanford University's Middle Grades Life Science Curriculum Project and does not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of the National Science Foundation, Carnegie Corporation of New York, or The David and Lucile Packard Foundation.

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