8th Grade Health
Why you should wear deodorant...and other things
There comes a time in a young man or woman's life when…
Okay, enough of that old-school stuff. Shmoop's here to give you an up-to-the-minute health course on the birds, the bees, fire escape plans, Instagram safety, and then some. Beyond those staples of contemporary life, you'll also
- identify major conditions, both medical and emotional, through recognizing their symptoms.
- advise your peers (and yourself) on how to treat and solve medical and mental health issues.
- research health issues, health products, and places in your community where you can receive resources—and learn how to analyze the validity of a totally bogus "resource."
- discuss complex health issues with your peers and apply legit medical research to back up your opinion.
- write both informatively and creatively to evaluate multiple outcomes of tricky health situations.
- create visual presentations to spread health awareness (yay!).
Basically, by the time you finish the ninety lessons of this standard-aligned course, packed with articles, videos, blog entries, teen resources, and actually-sorta-fun activities, you'll be giving your teachers advice on health instead of the other way around.
…Actually, maybe you shouldn't do that. That'd be pretty awkward.
Course BreakdownPurchase units individually
Unit 1. All Up There
This course kickoff gives you info on key aspects of mental health. We talk about emotional stability, mental disorders and depression, grief and loss, therapy, and bullying. Most important, we give you the rundown on how to spot mental health issues in yourself and others and how to get the necessary help.
Unit 2. In a Relationship
What does it mean—and what does it take—to change your status to "in a relationship"? Way more than clicking a button, apparently. This unit focuses on family, romantic, and peer relationships, with tips and reading that Shmoop 100% guarantees you can use in your daily life.
Unit 3. Your Body
Part of being a teen is thinking about your body. A lot. (And Shmoop's gotta tell you: it doesn't go away when you become an adult.) Unit 3 focuses on hygiene, workouts and eating, health-related shopping, and how to do all these tricky things in the safest and healthiest way possible.
Unit 4. Disease and the Healthcare System
Think you're too young to learn about health insurance and infectious disease? No way. Disease is what happens all around you, every day—this unit's all about educating yourself about viruses, bacteria, health care, environmental health, resources for health information, and public health campaigning. Way crucial to reaching your goal age of 200 years.
Unit 5. Sexual Health
Yes, we said "sex." And we're going to be saying it a lot more in this unit; here we'll focus on sex in the media, hormones, male and female reproductive systems, sexually transmitted infections and HIV/AIDS, pregnancy, risk reduction behaviors, and prevention. After this unit, puberty will be a breeze. Well, it probably won't, but at least you'll be able to talk about it breezily.
Unit 6. Saying No and Staying Safe
We know, we know: drugs are bad. But in this unit, we're going to get into the nitty-gritty of how drugs really mess up, your brain, your social life, and the lives of those around you. Finally, we're going to dig into safety. We're talking survival kits, planning, and weapon safety—the fun stuff.