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Purposes of Dating

Curriculum Tie:


Students will discuss the dating process, the purposes of dating, love vs. infatuation, the types of love, and responsible dating.

Main Curriculum Tie:
Adult Roles And Responsibilities
Strand 3 Standard 1

Identify and discuss the purposes of dating.


Supplementary Resources:

  • Simply Romantic Dates on a Dime, by Amy L. Bradford, Janel Breitenstein and Margie Clark.
  • Never Kiss a Frog: a girl's guide to creatures from the dating swamp by Marilyn Anderson.
  • 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter by W. Bruce Cameron.
  • The Little Book of Great Dates: unique, fun and meaningful dating ideas, by Michael Ross and Tiffany Ross.
  • Etiquette: I Can't Even Spell It! Teen Dining and Social Etiquette (DVD)
  • Etiquette Survival Kit for Adults, 2000. (DVD)
  • LaCaille Restaurant, high school etiquette dinner program. Contact person: Beverly Stone, 801-943-1751.
  • Prom-O-Rama. Davis County Library offers a program that teens can participate in. Students plan and organize a prom date on a budget. 801-295-8732.


Web Sites

Instructional Procedures:
Use the vocabulary worksheet (pdf) with students.

Primary Vocabulary

  • Infatuation
  • Romantic love
  • Sexual love
  • Pragmatic love
  • Platonic love
  • Companionship love
  • Altruistic love
  • Manic love
  • Unconditional love

Supplementary Vocabulary

  • Cyber-dating
  • Self love

Have the students fill out the paper Let's Talk Dating (pdf). Have students share some of their answers with the class. The teacher should share some answers too, because it is hard for students to believe that a teacher actually dated!

Content Outline, Activities and Teaching Strategies
(All options do not necessarily need to be taught. Select ones to cover standards and objectives and according to your district policies.)

Option 1: Lecture/Discussion on Dating
Use the Dating Lecture Notes (pdf) and Dating PowerPoint to have a class discussion.

Use the textbook: Strengthening Family & Self, Pages: 88-120.

Option 2: Love It...Hate It...
Students will list the qualities of a good date by completing the Love it..Hate it Assignment (pdf).

Option 3: $5.00 Date
Students will go on an ideal date. Teachers may want to have an alternative assignment for those students who opt not to participate in a date. Hand out the $5.00 date for boys (pdf) and the $5.00 date for girls (pdf) worksheets.

Option 4: Dating Survey
Have students complete a Dating Survey (pdf). Have students turn in the survey and the teacher tallies up totals. Use the Teacher Survey Transparency (pdf) and a dry erase marker to share the results. Create a discussion about dating and costs involved.

Option 5: Ups and Downs of Dating
Introduce and discuss the Ups and Downs of Dating Teacher Notes (pdf).

Option 6: ABCs of Love
Have students brainstorm words that remind them of love for every letter in the alphabet. Use the ABCs of Love worksheet (pdf). (This can be used as an introduction/motivator to love.)

Option 7: Love or Infatuation Lecture/Discussion
Discuss the difference between love and infatuation. Read the Love or Infatuation story (pdf). Have they ever seen this at school? What do they think? Discuss the different types of love. Also use the Love Teacher notes (pdf), the Love PowerPoint, and the Love note-taking guide (pdf).

Option 8: An Appointment with Love
Read the Appointment with Love Story (pdf). Stop halfway through the story and instruct the students to finish the story. Read some of the endings anonymously. Create a discussion about the meaning of unconditional love.

Option 9: Dr. Laura's "Is it Love?" test
Students can take this simple test (pdf) to see whether a relationship they are in has a good chance of growing into a long lasting relationship.

Option 10: Etiquette Dinner
Take students on a field trip to a fancy restaurant. Invite a guest speaker to lecture on dating manners and etiquette. Another option is to show an etiquette DVD.

Some of the rules we have discussed can be enforced by the parent. Other rules must be handled by the teenager. A responsible teenager will follow the rules and protect him/herself. Each time you go on a date, you are associating with another person that is loved very much by his/her parents. They are trusting you with a son or daughter they have spent years teaching and caring for. They have made a big investment in their teenager, and you have a big responsibility to return him/her safe and unharmed.


Created Date :
Jul 05 2011 17:04 PM

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