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M&F Chapter 1- What is a Family?

Life Skills:

  • Thinking & Reasoning
  • Communication
  • Social & Civic Responsibility

Time Frame:
2 class periods that run 90 minutes each.

Group Size:
Large Groups



  • The meaning of marriage and family.
  • Functions of marriage and family.
  • The effect of media on families.

    Main Curriculum Tie:
    Adult Roles And Responsibilities
    Strand 4 Standard 4

    List the positive characteristics that affect family relationships throughout the family life cycle

    Career Connections:

    • Life management skills

    PowerPoint Projector.

    Background For Teachers:
    From the book, be able to show students how to draw their own family genograms.

    Student Prior Knowledge:
    Knowing the pros and cons of media in their own lives.

    Intended Learning Outcomes:
    Students will understand the huge impact of media on family life today. Students will be able to create their own definition of the meaning of family.

    Instructional Procedures:

  • A PowerPoint presentation on the chapter.
  • A discussion of birth order.
  • Sharing of family rituals and traditions.
  • Print all lesson plans and handouts from the FHS 2400 CD.


    Assessment Plan:
    Students will have completed the reading tests before coming to class. A final Exam will be given on the chapter.

    Contact using your education email address if you would like copies of the test / exam for this lesson plan. Be sure to include the Lesson Plan title in your email request.

    The Marriage & Family Experience (8th edition) by Strong


    Created Date :
    Jun 23 2005 10:43 AM

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