Child Abuse & Neglect Lesson Plan

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

Child abuse and neglect are critical issues in education. This lesson plan uses a video lesson to introduce and explain examples of abuse and neglect. An activity gives students practice in differentiating between the two.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion, students will be able to:

  • differentiate between child abuse and neglect
  • list and explain different types of abuse
  • discuss the risk factors associated with child abuse and neglect
  • summarize the potential emotional and behavioral outcomes of abuse
  • explain the value of therapy for victims of abuse


45 to 90 minutes

Curriculum Standards


Determine two or more central ideas of a text and analyze their development over the course of the text, including how they interact and build on one another to provide a complex analysis; provide an objective summary of the text.


Analyze a complex set of ideas or sequence of events and explain how specific individuals, ideas, or events interact and develop over the course of the text.


Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings; analyze how an author uses and refines the meaning of a key term or terms over the course of a text (e.g., how Madison defines faction in Federalist No. 10).


  • Paper copies of the worksheet from the associated video lesson
  • Index cards, each labeled with a different scenario exemplifying a different type of child abuse (e.g. Sam comes to school in soiled and smelly clothing and lacks the supplies necessary to fully participate in class, and so on).

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