Lesson Title: Self-Love
Topic(s)- Identity, character development
Grade Level(s): 6+
Introduction: This lesson is meant to be integrated into the Sex Ed curriculum. This
lesson is not to replace anything in Positive Prevention Plus, rather it is meant to
supplement the curriculum. This lesson is meant to address issues of mental health
surrounding self love and self esteem in teens.
Students will: (examples)
Become familiar with the concept of self love
Learn to work towards accepting and loving themselves.
Teacher Background: The teacher should be familiar with some of the issues of
self-esteem that students face throughout adolescents. This is a time of life when
many people suffer from low self esteem.
Intro: The teacher will hand out a worksheet. Half of the worksheets will include
solvable anagrams whereas the other half will include impossible ones. The
students should not find out that the worksheets are different. They will be found at
the link provided by the University of Utah. The teacher will give the students 3
minutes to solve these. While the kids are completing the sheet the teacher should
say things like “by now you should have done x number” or “isn’t this very easy”.
-When the students are done have students raise their hands for the number they
completed, starting with 5 and working your way to 0.
Debrief: Let the students know that some of the sheets had impossible anagrams.
Ask students how it felt when they didn’t see them selves doing differently?
Did they become self conscious?
How does this relate to self esteem?
Main: Explain to students that adolescents is a time full of changes, and often
insecurities. Ask them what are some things that may cause someone to have low
self esteem. Write them on the board.
-Explain to students that some groups often have lower self esteem than some
others (women, LGBTQ, people with disabilities), Why do they think this is?
Guided Activity: This activity involves 3 parts
1. Students will write down 3 things they like about themselves on a piece of
2. Students will turn to their “neighbor” and tell them something that they like
about their neighbor.
3. Students will write a “love letter to themselves” of what they want to tell
themselves when they are feeling low.
Documents used in the lesson: (Links to documents and worksheets)
Sources and suggestions for additional readings:
Author Information: Matthew Klein is an education intern at Our Family
Coalition in San Francisco.
Standards: CCSS 3.1 Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions
(one-on- one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade topics and
texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own
CCW 6.4. Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization,
and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience. (Grade-specific expectations for