VERSION DESCRIPTIONThe purpose of this course is to produce health literate students that make sound decisions and take positive actions for healthy and effective living. The course is wellness oriented and emphasizes responsible decision-making and planning for a healthy lifestyle.
The content should include, but is not limited to, the following:
- Family life
- Personal health (wellness planning, decision-making, goal-setting, prevention of child abuse and neglect)
- Internet safety
- Mental and emotional health (prevention of depression interpersonal, coping skills and suicide)
- Nutrition (physical activity and wellness)
- Substance use and abuse (tobacco, alcohol, and other drug use and abuse)
- Injury prevention and safety (cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and automatic external defibrillator (AED), first aid for obstructed airway violence, gangs, and bullying)
- Personal health (human sexuality, including abstinence from sexual activity, and teen pregnancy prevention
- Prevention and control of disease (including HIV/AIDS and other STIs)
- Community and consumer health (resources and advocacy)
- Teen dating violence (abuse prevention)
Teaching from a well-written, grade-level textbook enhances students' content area knowledge and also strengthens their ability to comprehend longer, complex reading passages on any topic for any reason. Using the following instructional practices also helps student learning:
- Reading assignments from longer text passages as well as shorter ones when text is extremely complex.
- Making close reading and rereading of texts central to lessons.
- Asking high-level, text-specific questions and requiring high-level, complex tasks and assignments.
- Requiring students to support answers with evidence from the text.
- Providing extensive text-based research and writing opportunities (claims and evidence).
The following standards focus on yearly instruction to ensure that students gain adequate exposure to health information and practices. Students advancing through the grades are expected to meet each year's grade specific benchmarks and retain or further develop skills and understandings mastered in preceding grades.
English Language Development ELD Standards Special Notes Section:
Teachers are required to provide listening, speaking, reading and writing instruction that allows English language learners (ELL) to communicate for social and instructional purposes within the school setting. For the given level of English language proficiency and with visual, graphic, or interactive support, students will interact with grade level words, expressions, sentences and discourse to process or produce language necessary for academic success. The ELD standard should specify a relevant content area concept or topic of study chosen by curriculum developers and teachers which maximizes an ELL’s need for communication and social skills. To access an ELL supporting document which delineates performance definitions and descriptors, please click on the following link: http://www.cpalms.org/uploads/docs/standards/eld/SI.pdf
For additional information on the development and implementation of the ELD standards, please contact the Bureau of Student Achievement through Language Acquisition at email@example.com.