What is a Family?

Lesson Topic: What is a Family?

Lesson Description: Learn the meaning of marriage and family. Identify the functions of marriage and family. Learn more about the effects of media on families.

Learning Goals/Outcomes: Students will be able to understand the impact of media on family life today. Students will be able to create their own definition of the meaning of family.

Nebraska Standards:

HSE.HS.1.5 Analyze the effects of family as a system on individuals and society.

Teacher Planning:

Equipment/Materials Needed:

Chapter 1-Meaning of Marriage & Family Powerpoint (See Attachment)

Chapter 1-Vocab Resource (See Attachment)

Chapter 1-Lesson Plan (See Attachment)

Time Required for Lesson:

2 -90 minute class periods or 4-45 minute class periods.

Lab Set-up:


Technology Use:

___x__ YES               _____NO

Instructional Plan:

Anticipatory Set/Pre-Activity:

Daily bell ringer or entrance ticket for students to complete.

-What does family mean to you? Draw a picture of a family.

Benefits/Explanation/Career Readiness Standards:

Nebraska Career Readiness Standards

2. Communicates effectively and appropriately.

Activities (i.e. instructions, lesson, lab or project):

See attachment for lesson plan example.


Assessment :


Supplemental Information:


Resources may be adapted for students with special needs, English language learners, or gifted students.  Examples may include more in depth research on family history, family traditions, or family forms.

Safety Precautions:


Comments (adaptations for various grades/ages, teaching styles, etc.)

Designed for 9-12 grade students.

Resources adapted from Utah FACS ListServ File. Utah Education Network-FACS Listserv File Utah Education Network-FACS Listerv File

Download: Chapter_1_-_Meaning_of_Marriage___Family.ppt

Download: Chapter_1_VOCAB_key.doc

Download: chapter_1_lesson_plan.doc

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