Human Sexuality Lesson Plan

Instructor: Tammy Galloway

Tammy teaches business courses at the post-secondary and secondary level and has a master's of business administration in finance.

Human sexuality can be a taboo subject, especially in school. But in this lesson, students will talk about sexuality in-depth as it relates to three viewpoints: private, public and societal. They will also answer questions, complete an activity and take a quiz.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this lesson, students should be able to:

  • define 'human sexuality'
  • describe private and public point of views
  • explain how society views human sexuality


60 minutes

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.11-12.4

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

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.11-12.5

Analyze in detail how a complex primary source is structured, including how key sentences, paragraphs, and larger portions of the text contribute to the whole.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.11-12.6

Evaluate authors' differing points of view on the same historical event or issue by assessing the authors' claims, reasoning, and evidence.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.11-12.7

Integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information presented in diverse formats and media (e.g., visually, quantitatively, as well as in words) in order to address a question or solve a problem.



  • Begin the lesson by asking students how they would explain human sexuality.
  • Allow them to share their responses.
  • Then explain that they are going to explore human sexuality from a public, societal and private perspective.
  • Distribute copies of the the Human Sexuality: Public, Societal & Private Aspects lesson.
  • Play the video. Pause at 1:52, then pose the following discussion points for students:
    • Define 'human sexuality' as explained in the video.
    • Identify the main motivating factor for engaging in sex. Do you agree? Why or why not?
    • Explain how sex is a private component of human sexuality.
  • Next resume the video. Pause at 5:09, then ask students to address these discussion prompts:
    • In what ways can sexuality be acceptable in public?
    • What does the author say is the prelude to a sexual relationship? In today's time, is this entirely true? Explain.
    • Explain how religion defines sexuality.
    • What other aspects of our life impact sexuality?
    • Has human sexuality become more public and open? Explain.
  • Now display the lesson quiz and allow students to work in pairs to complete, then review the answers.

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