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Table of Contents

Foreword
About The English Experience 4
Our approach to Life Orientation 5
Using this resource 5

Self
SELF CONCEPT 8
1. I am ... 8
2. A tribute to you 9
3. Is self-awareness important? 11
4. A window to your soul? 13
5. The Big Five 15
6. The Enneagram of Personality 20
7. The pros and cons of personality tests 22
8. The big screen? 24
9. Are you experienced? 28
10. The stories we tell 29
11. The image we present 31
12. Different perspectives 33
13. The weighty issue of body image 34
14. Big boys don't cry 36
15. The hidden dangers of bigorexia 40
16. The self-esteem debate 43
17. The dark side of high self-esteem 47
18. A parents’ guide to social media and teens 50
19. Planning for success 53
20. The many roles we play 56
21. Playing our parts 57
22. A difficult adjustment 58
23. Can we talk? 61

SEX AND SEXUALITY
64
24. Who's who? 64
25. Should sexting between minors be legalised? 67
26. Friends without benefits 68
27. The pill: myths and misunderstandings 72
28. Birth control: do you know ‘the snip’ from ‘the shot’? 73
29. Why does it hurt when I pee? 75
30. Help! Is it ‘the clap’ or ‘crabs’? 76
31. Teenage pregnancy 78
32. Raising awareness, not Arizona 84
33. Who gets to decide? 86
34. Guardians of the family 92
35. Who’s your daddy? 97

PHYSICAL WELLBEING
103
36. Exercise: the ‘grade-changer’ 103
37. What is the best exercise for your body type? 108
38. Body Mass Index and exercise 111
39. The heart of the matter 114
40. Asses your level of fitness 116
41. Design a fitness programme 117
42. Are you ready? 119
43. Let the games begin! 120
44. The leisure principle 121
45. Are you ready to rumble? 122

STUDY SKILLS AND CAREER COACHING
124
46. How do I learn? 124
47. What my wheels reveal 132
48. Do I hold myself back? 133
49. How do I track my progress? 136
50. How can I improve my studying skills? 137
51. Techniques that turbo-boost studying 140
52. Lifehack your study space 142
53. Making time for the things you want to do 143
54. How would you enjoy spending your life? 144
55. You do what? 146
56. Dream jobs that aren’t so dreamy … 147
57. Create a job advertisement 149
58. Where would you want to work? 150
59. Career role models 151
60. Will you be ready? 153
61. Writing a good CV 154
62. ‘You’re hired!’ 156
63. You can do anything you want (as long as it’s medicine, law, architecture or engineering) 158

Society
POLITICAL LITERACY 160
64. Why does politics matter? 161
65. ‘We the people’ 165
66. Budget time: who gets to stash the cash? 167
67. Austerity: the first cut is the deepest 168
68. Breaking the bad news 170
69. The political 'big five' 171

HOW DOES POLITICS WORK IN SA?
174
70. Who does what? 176
71. The symbolic garden 177
72. Powers, processes and places 178
73. Party funding 179

POLITICAL LOBBYING
184
74. A bitter pill to swallow? 185
75. The politics of persuasion 191
76. Elections: the battle of the ballot 192
77. Voting: your duty or your preference? 196
78. Who would have got your vote? 197
79. Winning the youth vote 201
80. Do you lean to the left or the right? 202
81. Spectrum analyser 204

HOW DOES POLITICS WORK INTERNATIONALLY?
184
82. UN Bingo 208
83. Flagging interest 209
84. Should it stay or should it go? 211

THE AFRICAN UNION
214
85. ‘Could do better’ 216

WHAT ARE OUR RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES?
217
86. Constitution crossword 218
87. Do you know your rights? 219
88. With great power comes great responsibility 222
89. Fight for your right! 223

DIVERSITY: WE ALL BLEED RED
225
90. Say what? 226
91. Love thy neighbour 227
92. ‘Fear is the path to the dark side’ 228
93. Right of admission reserved 229
94. The invisible power 230
95. That’s affirmative, Mr President 234
96. The battle of the sexes 238
97. ‘Are we human, or are we dancer?’ 243
98. Fighting for our rights 244

NEWS MEDIA: SPEAKING TRUTH TO POWER?
225
99. Toe the party line 244
100. Publicity or propaganda? 250
101. The news, the whole news and nothing but the news? 251
102. Trust him, he’s lying 253
103. Watchdog or manipulator? 258
104. The spear of the nation 259
105. That’s not right! 264

COMMUNITY
266
106. That’s personal 268
107. Are these issues social? 270
108. What would you try to fix first? 271
109. The right to die 272
110. Attacking foreigners 275
111. Aren’t we all immigrants? 279
112. Facing the issue 283

SOCIAL MOVEMENTS
284
113. Making change happen 285
114. The trouble with statues 285
115. A new way of shaking things up? 291
116. Should higher education be free? 294
117. Social media and teen activism 298
118. Activism or slacktivism? 302
119. Keeping it real? 305
120. Campaigning for change 306

THE PERKS OF PARTICIPATING
310
121. Celebrity persuasion 311
122. The power of petitions 312
123. What’s in a name? 313

WHO’S HELPING WHOM?
315
124. How can I help? 318
125. What did I learn? 319
126. Let’s get physical 320
127. How did taking care of the environment change me? 322
128. Look for the helpers 323
129. Getting up close and personal 324
130. My community service project 324
131. Service with a smile? 325



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