AIDS, A MODERN DAY EPIDEMIC
BY Michelle Roland
University of Idaho
The primary source for this lesson plan is NOVA www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/aids/
Students will learn about the Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome(AIDS), a disease that has reached epidemic proportions around the world. The purpose of this lesson plan is two-fold:
1) The student will gain an understanding of the epidemic proportion of this disease.
2) Second the student will learn about the physiological effects of HIV on the immune system.
Students will be able to:
AIDS Frequently Asked Questions
Useful telephone numbers:
The teacher will distribute a sheet with the above bookmarks or will point students to a web page at which he/she has already setup the bookmarks for the students. The students will be divided into groups of three per computer station and if possible one student, who is experienced in Internet browsing, is assigned per group.
Focus for Viewing
Following the previewing activity students will be instructed to investigate the bookmarks in order to find information that will answer the following questions:
Post Viewing Activities
The students will present their answers to the class. Teacher instructs students to discuss within their groups what types of behavior increases the risk of contracting HIV. Students can also share their ideas on why Africa is disproportionally and most affected by the AIDS epidemic.
If available, the teacher can organize a trip to the local University, where students can visit a laboratory in which HIV is being investigated. Arrangements could be made where the principal investigator of that laboratory presents his/her research to the students.
If the above option is not available, the teacher could organize a visit to the local hospital and arrange an event where students will be acquainted with the procedures that HIV-positive patients in their town undergo.
As a class project students can educate their peers and raise AIDS awareness in their high school by presenting a section of the AIDS Memorial Quilt.
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