Myths and Facts about Sexual Risks Print

A Lesson Plan from Life Planning Education: A Youth Development Program

Purpose: To reinforce information and dispel myths about the risks of sexual behavior

Materials:  An original and a copy of the Leader's Resource, “Sexual Risks: Myth or Fact?”(pdf); scissors; container; newsprint and markers or board and chalk

Time: 40-50 minutes

Planning Notes

  • Cut the copy of the Leader's Resource into strips, discarding the answers but keeping the myth/fact statements. Fold statements and put them in a container for use in Step 5.


  1. Tell the group that they will play a game to see how much “myth information” the group has about risks associated with sexual activity. Explain that “myth" refers to untrue information that is passed around like fact. Some myths may have accurate information, but generally they are not true.
  2. Go over instructions for the activity:
    • Two teams will draw statements, from the container, about sexual activity and its possible risks. Teams must decide whether each statement is a fact or a myth.
    • Teams will receive one point for each correct answer. If the team can explain why a statement is true or a myth, they will get a bonus point.
  3. Divide the group into two teams and ask them to come up with team names.
  4. Create a score sheet, with two columns, on the board or newsprint.
  5. Have a team member draw a statement and read it aloud. Ask “Is that a myth or a fact?” then remind the player to confer with her or his team. If the answer is correct, record one point on the score sheet. Ask for an explanation of the statement and award a bonus point if the explanation is correct. Allow for discussion of the statement and provide additional infommation, if appropriate, from the Leader's Resource.
  6. Alternate teams until all statements have been discussed or each player has played.
  7. Briefly cover any remaining statements and conclude the activity using the Discussion Points.

Discussion Points

  1. What have you heard about risky and not risky sexual behavior?
  2. Do teens protect themselves and their partners from pregnancy and/or STD/HIV every time they have intercourse?
  3. Why would teens risk unprotected sexual intercourse?
  4. If you had a million dollars to spend, how would you use it to convince teens not to take sexual risks?
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