Curriculum

 Debbie Durbin |  February 20, 2020

Curriculum

Key Concepts for In Control:

  • Our curriculum is 100% in accordance with the Catechism of the Catholic Church
  • Virtue is a habit and attitude to do the good
  • Chastity is a virtue and is God’s plan for our sexuality
  • Chastity has six key principles:
  • Love is doing what is best for the other person

Fifth Grade Curriculum (2-day program)

We do NOT discuss the details of sexual intercourse or chastity

Key topics:

  • Identity in Christ
  • Self-worth; healthy relationships
  • Modesty in dress and action 

Sixth Grade Curriculum (3-day program)

We do NOT discuss the details of sexual intercourse

Key topics:

  • Virtues are difficult and require good habits
  • Chastity is a virtue
  • Present the 6 principles of chastity (listed above)
  • Saying “yes” to chastity protects your heart and benefits your relationships
  • Delayed gratification vs. instant gratification skit activity
    • Delayed gratification (waiting to get what you want) is better and more fulfilling than instant gratification (getting what you want right away)
  • Purity is a precious gift that God gives you to protect
  • Sharing the gift of sex before marriage often results in STD’s: parasitic, bacterial, and viral 
  • Choose friends who will encourage you to pursue virtue

Seventh Grade Curriculum (5-day program)

Define and Review the virtue of chastity and the six principles to chastity 

Chastity:

  • God created sex as a good gift for marriage. Sex is a powerful gift similar to fire. Proper boundaries ensure the gift of sexuality remains powerful in a good way rather than a destructive way
  • Saying “no” to chastity always results in negative consequences. Saying “yes” to chastity results in positive benefits
  • If you practice chastity, marry someone who has also waited, and you are faithful to each other in marriage, you will be free from the burden of contracting a sexually transmitted disease
  • Because the gift of your sexuality is so special, you should only share it with one person: your spouse
  • How you present yourself reflects who you are; we ought to dress in a way that reflects our human dignity
  • Our bodies should be unveiled in marriage; not exposed through sexting, pornography, or premarital sexual activity
  • Catholic wedding vows 

Pro-Life:

  • Baby development presentation
  • Story of “Precious Feet” (photo of 10wk baby feet)
  • Fetus models
  • Every life has dignity and ought to be protected

STD Awareness:

  • “Spit-skit” to demonstrate sexual exposure
  • Review parasitic, bacterial, and viral STD’s

Safe Media:

  • Be temperate with the amount of time you spend with the media and reject the lies they promote
  • Distinguish between love versus use in popular media
  • Know what to do if you come across explicit material online

Open Q & A session:

  • Students have the option to ask questions anonymously 

Eighth Grade Curriculum (5-day program)

Define and Review the virtue of chastity and the six principles to chastity 

Who Are You?/True Happiness:

  • You are a child of God, called to true happiness
  • Happiness is found in healthy, loving relationships
  • Love is doing what is best for the other person
  • Loving well is difficult and requires the virtue of chastity. God’s mercy is greater than any sin. No matter what anyone has done before, anyone can start practicing virtue and chastity today.

STD Awareness:

  • Review bacterial, viral, and parasitic STD’s
  • STD’s can be spread through any type of sexual activity

Pro-Life:

  • Abortion violates the most basic human rights: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. The arguments in favor of abortion are similar to the arguments in favor of slavery and many other social injustices.
  • All human life has dignity

Dating:

  • Dating License Bureau Homework Assignment 
  • Your parents give you rules and expectations because they love you
  • Students will receive the dating rules homework which is to be completed and signed by parents
  • Many teens don’t understand the purpose of dating. This activity cuts through the confusion and allows students to understand boyfriend/girlfriend relationships are oriented toward marriage.
  • Set physical boundaries that guard the purity of your heart and mind

Safe Media:

  • Choose media that is true, good, and beautiful
  • Be careful especially on social media
  • Block and report any account that sends explicit material or makes you feel uncomfortable
  • Tell your parents if you encounter anything bad online

Open Q & A session:

  • Students have the option to ask any question anonymously

High School Curriculum (5-day program)

Define and Review the virtue of chastity and the six principles to chastity 

Chastity:

  • Authentic love can be tough to spot. We examine real-life scenarios to help teens identify real love. 
  • Answer  questions like “What are the characteristics of love?” and “What does it mean to use someone?” 
  • The Trinity is the perfect exemplar of love: each person of the Trinity perfectly loves each other person 

Safe Media

  • Compares love and use in the media, and examines how media affects our view of love 

Pornography:

  • Pornography hurts you as an individual, your relationships, and society as a whole
  • Pornography creates unrealistic expectations of sex
  • Pornography distorts a person’s ability to love
  • Pornography is closely related to sex trafficking 
  • Practical strategies to overcome the burden of pornography

Abortion:

  • “The Only Real Choice is an Educated Choice” 
  • A pro-life presentation about the options in an unplanned pregnancy: parenting, adoption and abortion. This presentation highlights the difficulties of all three.
  • Highlight the laws surrounding abortion
  • Some contraceptives can act as abortifacients
  • Non-graphic description of various abortion procedures (RU-486, D&E surgical abortions, &c.)

Open Q & A session: 

  • Students have the option to ask any question anonymously

Note:  Activities/presentations are subject to change due to time, scheduling, and school teacher preference.

Revised: 02/2020

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