High School Health the Classic Way

I wanted to approach health, which is a half-credit requirement for high school graduation under normal school standards, in a more classical or Charlotte-Mason style.

And so it began …

Grade Level 9-12      

½ Credit = 60 hours

Target Content Areas

  • Personal Health & Wellness
  • Anatomy
  • Nutritional Choices
  • Mental Health
  • Injury and Harm
  • Family Living and Healthy Sexuality
  • Alcohol, Tobacco, and other Drugs

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Objectives

  • Acquire functional health information and knowledge through research
  • Shape personal values and beliefs that support healthy behaviors
  • Develop essential health skills necessary to adopt, practice, and maintain healthy behaviors
  • Address individual values, attitudes, and beliefs
  • Define personal risk and prevention
  • Evaluate and define social pressures and influences
  • Build personal competence
  • Define and apply personal health strategies

Standards and Skills

Define and analyze healthy behaviors and personal health

  • assess personal health practices and overall health status
  • develop a plan to attain a personal health goal
  • implement strategies and monitor progress in achieving goal
  • formulate a long-term plan
  • demonstrate the ability to apply prevention and treatment knowledge, skills, and strategies to reduce susceptibility and manage disease
  • demonstrate the ability to use human development knowledge, social skills, and health strategies to promote positive relationships and healthy growth and development throughout life cycle

Understand the interrelationships of emotional, intellectual, physical, and social health

  • demonstrate healthy practices and behaviors that will maintain or improve the health of self and others
  • demonstrate a variety of behaviors to avoid or reduce health risks to self and others

Discuss how the community and environment affects personal health & wellness

  • cultural support and challenges
  • peer influence
  • perception of norms
  • effect of school and media
  • impact of technology
  • public health policies and government regulations

Describe how family history can affect personal health, include a brief discussion of genetics and learned behaviors

  • family influences
  • personal values
  • religious beliefs

Define healthcare and analyze how access to health care affects personal health

  • analyze the cost of local health care services
  • analyze the accessibility of health care services

Analyze personal susceptibility and potential of injury, illness, or death due to unhealthy behaviors and discuss prevention, e.g. in the workplace, at home, in public places, on the move

  • unintentional injuries, e.g. motor vehicle crashes, by machines and weapons, poisoning and exposure to toxin, falls, fire and burns, drowning and suffocation
  • intentional injuries, e.g. homicide, weapons assault, suicide
  • adolescent pregnancy
  • substance abuse
  • communicable and chronic diseases

Evaluate the validity of health information, products, and services

  • access information and resources
  • determine the accessibility of products and services
  • define when health services may be required

Acquire skills and strategies for communicating

  • demonstrate negotiation, refusal, and collaboration skills
  • outline strategies to prevent, manage, or resolve conflicts without harm
  • demonstrate how to ask for and offer help

Healthy decision making

  • examine barriers
  • analyze the role of individual responsibility for health
  • evaluate the value of decision-making process in health-related situations
  • explain when individual or collaborative decision making is appropriate
  • make alternatives to health issues and problems
  • predict long-term and short-term impact of decisions for self and others
  • demonstrate how to influence and support others to make positive health choices

References:

CDC, National Health Education Standards

American Public Health Association

South Carolina Department of Education and Department of Health & Environmental Control

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Now that I have my content, objectives, and skills defined.  I can begin adding resources and developing lessons.

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