High School Health Activity: HIV and AIDS

January 5, 2018

While HIV/AIDS has occupied a significant place in the cultural consciousness for over 30 years now, major misunderstandings about the disease still persist.

Guide students through the truth and myths about HIV with the following activity designed for the high school classroom.

High School Health Activity: HIV and AIDS

As homework, have students listen to the following Stuff You Should Know podcast from the folks at How Stuff Works (contains mature content; podcast runs about an hour):

While listening, instruct students to write down at least 3 unfamiliar terms
and define them using the following two worksheets:

Strategy Card: Word Wonders!

Graphic Organizer: Word Chart Context & Connections

Then as a class, review the terms students identified and use them to structure a conversation about AIDS and HIV. What are the common confusions? What, if anything, surprised them? Scared them? If you like, have students finish by journaling at home about what they learned and their own reactions and feelings.


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