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FCCLA Activity Option
As students enter the room, direct them to each sit with a partner and look at the following prompt, written on the board for easier student access: "Examine the celebrity magazines in front of you to discover relationship trends. With your partner, discuss answers to the following questions:
After a few minutes, allow time for partners to share their findings with the class. How did answers compare? What factors led to different opinions? Why is marriage a popular institution in American culture? How many students think they will get married someday?
If you do not have gossip magazines, you may show pictures and headlines from celebrity gossip websites such as:
Marriage and commitment often plays a role in works of literature, such as William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet and Macbeth, or Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. How does the concept of marriage in these works compare to what is being conveyed in today's literature and/or media? What do you think accounts for this change?
Children from broken homes make up one of the nation's fastest growing groups. One-third of all children in the United States will have lived through the divorce of their parents before they reach the age of eighteen. If, after all you have learned about making marriage succeed in this class, you become one of the divorce statistics, there are things you can do to ease the effects on your children and help them get through this crisis with the least degree of difficulty.
(TEACHER NOTE: Be aware and sensitive to those in the class that have had divorce affect their lives. They may want to contribute to the discussion and will serve as an important information source or they may not want to discuss the issue because of its sensitivity or family embarrassment. Also, be aware of parents' reactions to these types of discussions. Don't delve into family problems.)
Content Outline, Activities and Teaching Strategies
Option 2: Divorce Statistics
Option 3: Factors Leading to Divorce
Option 4: Personal Problems Associated with Divorce
Option 5: Coping with Divorce
Option 6: Video from YouTube
Option 7: Guest Speaker
Option 8: Adjusting to Divorce
Option 9: Book
Option 10: Panel
Divorce affects the lives of many people. It affects the lives of the couple involved, the children, the
extended family and friends. It is one of the most disturbing events that can happen in life and it may
take many years to feel a return to normalcy. Divorce rarely solves problems, but rather is an exchange
for a new set of problems. By educating ourselves about the problems associated with divorce, we may
be better prepared to avoid this problem.
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