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Group Research and Reports on STDs

Jeanne Pitts


Students work together in groups to research and gather information on a specific Sexually Transmitted Disease. Working as a team, they write a report and present the information orally to the class.


The student knows methods for conveying accurate health information and ideas to both individuals and groups using a variety of methods (eg., through dialogue, oral reports, and posters).


-Chalkboard and chalk
-Paper and writing materials
-Poster board (enough so each group can have 2)
-Graph paper
-Colored pens (one package per group)
-Pamphlets on each disease from the public health department
-Computer(s) with Internet access (copies of information off of the Internet)
-Package of note cards
-Medical books or journals (one copy for each group)
-Copy of the rubric for each student (see attached file)
-Personal checklist or notetaking materials to use during groups' presentations.


1. Gather data sources such as Pamphlets from the Health Department, Medical books and Journals. Review the materials to get familiar with each disease.
2. Get enough paper, pens, pencils, note cards, poster board, graph paper and colored pens for each group.
3. Make sure computer(s) are set up and ready to go onto the Internet.
4. If there are no computers in the classroom, gather data from a personal computer for each disease and make copies for the groups.
5. Pre-select groups from the classroom roster. Be sure each group has both low and high functioning students, with three or four students in each group.
6. Place all of the research materials on a table in the front of the classroom.
7. Number the groups and assign them a time on the computer to do their research.
8. Make a copy of the rubric for evaluating the groups.
9. Make your own checklist to use during the presentation or have pen and paper ready to take notes.


1. Ask the students if they can name different types of diseases that a person can contract through sexual activity. Then list each disease on chalkboard and briefly respond to any questions or comments. There should be seven diseases listed on the chalkboard: Chlamydia, Genital Warts, Gonorrhea, Hepatitis B, Herpes, HIV/AIDS, and Syphilis. List any that the students do not name.

2. Break up the class into previously selected groups (three or four students in each group, seven groups all together) and assign each group one of the listed sexually transmitted diseases.

3. Tell the students that each group will research the disease and write a one-page report. Their reports should include information about how the disease is contracted, the symptoms, the treatment options, and the effects on the body. Tell the groups about the oral presentation and explain the rubric used to evaluate the reports and presentations.

4. The students will choose their research materials from the table at the front of the room. If a computer is available, each group will be given time to search the Internet for information on their disease. The students will use the first 50-minute period to gather information about their disease and select the information that will go into the report.

5. Each group will write a report based on the information gathered.

6. They will also use the poster board and/or graph paper and colored pens to create a visual aide(s) for the presentation. The visual aide(s) will be a display of the statistics found in the research material. The students will use the second 50-minute period to write the reports and prepare the visual aides.

7. The groups will then use note cards to break up the information in the report and assign at least one note card per person, to present to the class. The note cards can be prepared in the second period, or they can use the first 10 minutes of the third class.

NOTE: As students work on reports it will be necessary for you to monitor groups and individuals to formatively assess progress in:

Selecting a variety of materials

Content accuracy

Group work habits

Task completion

8. They will then present their information to the class, and turn in their report and presentation materials to the teacher upon completion. Each report should take no longer than 5 minutes to complete.


The teachers will use a rubric to evaluate the written and oral reports. (See associated file)
The students will receive a score for this lesson based on their performance as a group.
Teachers can use a checklist or they can take notes during the presentations, to help evaluate the groupís performance.
The reports, note cards, and any visual aides will be turned in to the teacher after the presentation to help evaluate for content and accuracy.
The groups will be formatively assessed from step 4 through step 8 as described in Procedures.

Web Links

Web supplement for Group Research and Reports on STDs

Attached Files

Evaluation criteria for the group presentation.     File Extension: pdf

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