After completing this lesson, students will be able to:
- Explain types of infection that can occur when the body's
skin is pierced with an unclean needle.
- Identify low-risk, healthful ways of expressing their
self-identity as modern teens.
- Apply the reading skills of using an outline to understand
exposition in an article on body piercing and tattooing.
Introducing the Lesson
Download or bring to class photographs of celebrities and
models who have body piercings and/or tattoos. Arrange these
on the board rail in a sort of gallery, and allow time for
students to browse through the gallery.
Once they have taken their seats, ask students to answer
in writing: What do these individuals have in common? Have
volunteers share what they wrote. It is likely that at least
some answers will include the observation that all of these
individuals are famous. Conclude with a show of hands of students
who identified these celebrities' body adornments-piercings
and/or tattoos-as the common bond among them. Ask students
to consider what this reveals about these adornments. (They
have become so commonplace, they almost escape notice.)
Reveal that students are about to read a selection on "body
modification," as the process of adorning in this fashion
has come to be called. Note that the selection will be expository
in nature. That is, the selection will give information about
or explain a topic. Reveal that when reading a piece of exposition,
one way of remembering all the important points covered is
by making an outline.
Direct students to the URL containing the reading passage,
or distribute copies to individual students. Ask all students
to read the title and the first section (two paragraphs).
Then show them how to create an outline summarizing key points
of each section. (e.g., Tattoos and piercings are body adornments
that carry a health risk). As they proceed through the selection,
students should add a Roman numeral for each major section
heading and may include subdivisions for each heading, adding
any details that belong under a heading. Show an example on
Body Decorating and the