Psychology 2

Joshua DeMoux Updated June 2009


Standards (include state core numbers)

Learning Activities


1st Semester



2nd Semester 















Chapter. 13 Psychological Disorders




Video showing some of the disorders that we will be discussing in class.


Introduce 6 categories of Mental Disorders 

Discussion about depression in teenagers and suicide and how to help others with sign of suicidal thoughts or behaviors.

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

Speaking, casual reading.
Observation skills of famous people who have suffered with mental illness. 
Discussion about the DSM-IV 
Analysis of how all mental disorders are categorized.

Discussion of specific personality disorders. 
Casual reasoning.

PowerPoint presentations on information 

Chapter 13 Test.  MC, Fill in the blank, T/F, Short Answer questions

Research Paper on a specific disorder, 2 pages, double- spaced, 12 point font, 2 sources.

Phobias assignment.  Listing phobias and how they might affect a person’s daily life.


Discussion and short essay on suicide.


Writing assignment on antisocial behavior causes and treatment.


Writing assignment on the causes of dissociative disorders.


Discussion and short essay on controlling, tracking and genetic counseling for families with genetically linked disorders.


1st Semester







2nd Semester


Character 14 Therapies.

Insight Therapies


Person Centered



Learn the different types of therapies and the men who created each one. 

Several activities involving role play to show the varieties of methods used in therapy. 


Art Therapy lesson and drawing


Game Therapy lesson and activity


Music Therapy discussion and activity.


Family Therapy


PowerPoint Presentations and note taking

Chapter 14 Test.  MC, Fill in the blank, T/F, Short answer.


Paper on a form of therapy and what type of disorders it works well for.


Discussion and writing assignment about communication between genders concerning couples and family therapy.


Assignments from readings in the text book.


Music therapy assignment


Writing assignment on the validity of some therapies.


Children’s story book explaining how Music therapy can benefit people.

1st Semester



2nd Semester


 Chapter 6 Memory

The Sensory Register


Short Term Memory

Long Term Memory

The Biology of Memory


Chapter. 8 Intelligence

Theories of Intelligence

Intelligence Tests

What makes a good test?

What determines Intelligence

Extreme Intelligence


 Students will be put into groups to present information from the chapter to the rest of the class.  This activity helps the students learn more about the subject they teach about.  Each group must present for at least 10 minutes with a visual aid, create a homework assignment, a note guide for students during presentation and questions for a test.  The teacher provides feedback and guidance as they work on their presentations.






Take a variety of I.Q. tests to see the various kinds that exist.  Talk about the people in history and currently who have the highest I.Q.’s

PowerPoint presentations and notes


Group discussions on the benefits and drawbacks to intelligence tests.


Creating and defending opinions about the benefits of testing for intelligence in school settings.

Chapter 6 Test.  MC, Fill in the blank, T/F, Short Answer questions.


Assignments from groups to be turned in.


Note guide


Students will be graded on their presentations time frame and overall preparedness and knowledge of subject.







Chapter 8 Test.  MC, Fill in the blank, Short Answer questions.


Points for taking and turning in various intelligence tests.


Writing assignment on the various forms of intelligence.


Create an intelligence test.


Critical Thinking assignments from the book.


Writing assignment on classes for “gifted” students.

End of 1st Semester


December  and









End of 2nd Semester 

May  and

Chapter. 15 Social  Psychology





Chapter. 10 Lifespan Development


Infancy and Childhood



Late Adulthood

Student will identify their own experiences with prejudice, discrimination, stereotypes.

They will do research on an event or a person who suffered some form of prejudice and/or discrimination.


Students will give a presentation on their person or group of people.


PowerPoint presentation and notes on content.



Students will have to observe a child to see if they are at the developmental level they should be at.


Various activities will be done with regard to adolescence behavior.  Role plays will be created and performed for the class to show various situations and how teens handle them.

Chapter 15 Test.  MC, Fill in the blank, T/F, short answer questions.


Paper on a person or group who has been discriminated against, how they feel about that form of discrimination and what can be done to fix discrimination.


Writing assignments from the book.



Chapter 10 Test.  MC, Fill in the blank, T/F, Short Answer questions.


Writing Assignments from the book.