Psychology 1

Joshua DeMoux, Last Update June 2009


Standards (include state core numbers)

Learning Activities


1st Semester



2nd Semester


Introduction to Class Protocol, School Policy and Open Disclosure Statement



Body Language

Gender Differences 

Science of Psychology Chpt.1




Class Discussion on Gender Roles

Class discussion on expressing emotions and understanding them
Reading- Chapter. 1 in Text
Listening - In Class Discussion

Standard I

Interpretive- Compare, Contrast and Analyze Differences Between the Sexes
Standard IV

Standard VII


Speaking (Defending an opinion)
and Presenting information on Psychology.

Standard II

Interpretive, evaluation of our 5 senses and which is the more valuable and why.

Casual Reading Skills, Further discussion on Extra Sensory Perception

Group Presentations on 6 basic emotions in class.

Writing Assignment on 6 basic emotions

Group Presentation on fields of study in Psychology.
Paper on Women in Psychology.  Discuss the lack of representation of female Psychologist in early history.
Book work on ethics in research.  Milgram Study.
Characteristics Evaluation on Androgyny.  Points given for taking the survey.

Fill in the blank, MC, T/F, Short Answer Test on Body Language, Gender Differences, Chapter 1

1st Semester








2nd Semester







Chapter 3
Sensation and Perception

Chapter  4

States of Consciousness





Standard III


Analysis: Understanding definitions and vocabulary words.  


Interpretive: Theories of Dream Analysis of Dreams

Class Discussion on states of consciousness and drug use
Compare and Contrast past and present drug concepts.

 Speaking (Defending an opinion)


 Listening skills- example and stories that correlate with the subject matter. 
 Causal Reasoning, Interpretation

Speaking (Defending an opinion)

M.C., Fill in the blank, T/F, Short answer Test on Chapter. 3 

Learn the parts of the brain and its functions through use of a map.
Drawing the different structures associated with the ear and the eye.

Video on brain functions.
Assignments on understanding vocabulary associated with the chapter.

Create a children’s story book explaining how sight and sound work.

Chapter 4 Test.  MC, Fill in the blank, T/F, Short Answer.


Groups present a 10 minute presentation on section of chapter 4.  Create a homework assignment for class and questions for class test.

Points for taking notes on group presentations.

Chapter 4 Test.  MC, Fill in the blank, T/F, Short Answer Questions.

1st Semester



2nd Semester









 Chapter  5 Learning 

 Motivation and Emotion
Chapter 9  


Listening skills- example and stories that correlate with the subject matter. 
 Causal Reasoning, Interpretation

Listening - absurd association and cognitive maps.
Comprehension of reading-Peer work groups and interaction.
Interpretive, Listening Skills: Examples of eating disorder stories.
Analyze self. Group Discussion about adolescent problems. 
 Interpretive- Group Work, Emotional Charades
Observation - They are observing their peers to see if they can identify specific emotions.
Reading the chapter.
Listening to each others interpretation of the emotions.
Emotion definitions.

 Speaking (Defending an opinion)

Chapter 5 Test.  MC, Fill in the blank, T/F, short answer questions.

Conditioning assignment


Class discussion and writing assignment on Learned Helplessness.


Assignments from the chapter.  Critical thinking assignments



Test on Chapter 9.  MC, Fill in the blank, T/F, Short answer questions.


Assignment on developing intrinsic motivation.

Video on Eating Disorders.

Paper on the causes and treatment of eating disorders.


Assignment on the human need to close physical interaction with others and aggression.   


Assignment on what you want to achieve.

End of 1st Semester


December  and














End of 2nd Semester 

May  and








Chapter 11 Personality










Reading, Analysis, Interpretive skills- when doing the personality tests.




Listening and Interpretive skills used in guest speakers from Valley Mental Health.
Writing, reading, interpretive, analysis.


Discussion of specific personality disorders. 
Casual reasoning.  

Personality Tests are given and points received for doing them.

Points received for completing personal inventories.

Chapter 11 Test.  MC, Fill in the blank, T/F, Short answer questions.


Video on personality disorders.
Writing assignment on which theory on personality development is best.

Writing assignment for creating students own theory for personality development.

Assignment to finish stories begun with a picture.