Lesson Plan: Understanding Teen Parenthood: Kids Meet a Teen Mom

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⁣⁣Lesson Plan: Understanding Teen Parenthood: Kids Meet a Teen Mom


Grade Levels: 6-8

Objective:
- To develop empathy and understanding towards teen parents by providing an opportunity for students to meet and learn from a teen mom.
- To promote critical thinking and open discussions about the challenges and responsibilities faced by teen parents.

Common Core Standards:
- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.6.2: Determine a theme or central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details.
- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.7.1: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions with diverse partners on grade 7 topics, texts, and issues.

Materials:
- Guest speaker (teen mom) or video interview of a teen mom
- Chart paper and markers
- Worksheet with questions about teen parenthood (downloadable/printable)
- Art supplies (optional)

Procedure:

1. Introduction (10 minutes)
- Begin the lesson by asking students if they have ever thought about what it would be like to be a teen parent.
- Facilitate a brief discussion about the stereotypes and misconceptions surrounding teen parenthood.

2. Meeting a Teen Mom (15 minutes)
- Introduce the guest speaker (teen mom) or play a pre-recorded video interview of a teen mom.
- Encourage the students to actively listen and take notes on important points or experiences shared.

3. Discussion and Reflection (15 minutes)
- Lead a discussion about the challenges and responsibilities faced by teen parents based on the guest speaker's experiences.
- Use the worksheet questions to guide the discussion, focusing on topics such as balancing school and parenting, support systems, and personal growth.
- Encourage students to share their thoughts and ask questions respectfully.

4. Empathy Activity (15 minutes)
- Divide the class into small groups and provide each group with a piece of chart paper and markers.
- Instruct the groups to create empathy posters or drawings that represent their understanding and support for teen parents.
- Encourage them to think about the emotions, struggles, and strengths of teen parents as they create their artwork.

5. Sharing and Reflection (10 minutes)
- Have each group present their empathy posters or drawings to the class.
- Facilitate a reflection on the importance of empathy and understanding towards teen parents.

Common Core Labels Correlations:
- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.6.2
- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.7.1

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