Curriculum

 Debbie Durbin |  March 26, 2022

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

 

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)
  • Delayed gratification vs. instant gratification skit activity
  • Delayed gratification ( the ability to postpone getting the thing you want in favor of a greater and later reward) is better and more fulfilling than instant gratification (the temptation to give up a future benefit in order to obtain a less rewarding but more immediate benefit.)
  • Sharing the gift of sex before marriage often results in STIs: parasitic, bacterial, and viral
  • Choose friends who will encourage you to pursue your value to practice all
    virtues.

Seventh Grade Curriculum (5-day program)

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

Chastity:

  • Chastity is practicing God’s plan for how we live as male and female in relationships.
  • Abstinence is important to chastity, but it is only one aspect of the virtue. Since chastity is a virtue that means it is for every person at every stage of life.
  • Abstinence is important as we discover the vocation God has planned for us
    • Marriage: Free, Total, Faithful, Fruitful 
      • Why sex is meant to be within marriage
    • Priesthood: Celibacy & Sacrifice of self for Church
    • Religious/Consecrated: Celibacy & Sacrifice of self to Christ/prayer as symbol of eternal life
  •  Differences between Infatuation, Love, & Use

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

STI Awareness:

  • Review parasitic, bacterial, and viral STIs
  • STIs do not make anyone gross or bad

Safe Media:

  • 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 of chastity 

Dignity of the Human Person/True Meaning of Love:

  • Immortality of the person
  • “Love is an act of the will that consists of preferring, in a constant manner, the good of others to the good of oneself.” – Karol Wojtyla Love & Responsibility 
  • Why chastity is necessary to truly love
  • God’s mercy is greater than any sin. No matter what anyone has done before, anyone can start practicing virtue and chastity today.

STI Awareness:

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

Pro-Life:

  • Review baby development
  • Abortion violates the most basic human rights: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
  • All human life has dignity
  • How to change the culture with love and truth rather than anger and violence
  • How to be pro-life not just anti-abortion 

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 and the person you’re dating

Safe Media:

  • How to discern what you consume on the media using St. Ignatius of Loyola’s ‘Discernment of Spirits’
  • There’s nothing wrong with giving up social media but it’s not required
    • Blessed Carlo Acutis example of how to use media
  • Quick Tips to discern: 
    • Does it promote mortal sin?
    • How does what you’re consuming affect your relationships/self-image?
    • Does it leave peace, steadiness, eagerness toward life or excitement, dryness, sadness, anxiety?
  • Tell your parents if you encounter anything bad online

High School Curriculum (5-day program)

Define and Review the virtue of chastity and the six principles of 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: 03/2022

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