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Course SummaryPlan your AP psychology syllabus quickly and easily with this informative and helpful lesson plan course. Create thorough exams, assign the video lessons as homework and use the printable transcripts as study guides to help your students excel in class and remember important psychology topics.
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How It Works
You can use this AP Psychology course as a template for designing and implementing your course. Here are the key components of the course and how you can use them:
- Chapters - Each chapter covers a unit of psychology, from an overview of the scientific study of behavior to strategies for acing the AP psychology exam. Use these chapters as mile markers as you map out your course. We recommend planning to spend a week on each chapter, but you can always allocate the chapters according to the length of your specific psychology course.
- Lessons - Within each chapter are video lessons that further break down topics into bite-sized chunks. These lessons cover single topics like types of intelligence testing or hypnosis and meditation. Each one is often appropriate for a single class.
- Key Terms - Within each lesson are key terms. These are emphasized on screen and in the transcript. As you develop your syllabus, these key terms help you focus on the most important learning objectives. For example, the lesson on stress includes key terms like Hans Seyle, HPA-axis, maladaptive responses, alarm, resistance and exhaustion.
As you work on your psychology lesson plans, save time by incorporating video lessons from this resource. Here's how:
- Introduce Topics - Your students will be in the right mindset for understanding topics like the biological basis for intelligence if you begin class with a short video. It can be a jumping-off point for a lecture, group activity or class discussion.
- Break Up Lectures - The video format, which often includes animation, helps students visualize topics like cognitive dissonance and sleep disorders.
- Assign For Homework - Each lesson in the course, from assessments used in psychology to memory distortion, can be assigned to your students as homework.
Each video lesson includes a complete transcript. You can utilize these transcripts in several ways:
- Lecture Notes - Do you need a guide as you plan a lecture, such as one on dualism or group behavior? The transcripts cover each topic in depth, with key terms highlighted for quick reference.
- Student Reading - Perhaps you'd like your students to learn about organizational behavior, but you don't have class time available. Assign the transcript as extra reading.
- Study Tools - When it's time for a unit exam on personality development, you can point your students to the transcripts on behavioral genetics, Sigmund Freud's stages of psychosexual development, Alfred Adler's work on personality development, self-esteem, temperament and related topics to help them study.
Each video lesson has a corresponding quiz. Here's how to use the quizzes:
- Homework - Assign a quiz to your students as homework. You'll receive an email with the results, which enables you to verify they've completed the assignment and that they've understood the material. Questions cover everything from antipsychotic drugs to key facts, like the focus of psychodynamic research.
- Tests - You can meld the material in the quizzes into your own student assessments, saving you valuable time. Need a few questions on types of intelligence? There are plenty!
- Discussions - Jump-start a discussion with questions like: Is nature or nurture more important in developing gender identity?
Below is a sketch of the psychology syllabus modeled on a 16-week course. This sample can be adapted based on your course schedule. Navigate the chapters and lessons for more detail.
|Week||Unit||Sample of Topics Covered|
|Week 1||AP Psychology: History and Development of Modern Psychology||Definition of psychology, development of psychology thought, specializations in the last half of the 20th century|
|Week 2||AP Psychology: Research Methods Used in the Study of Psychology||Statistics, types of research designs, types of assessments, norm-referenced and criterion-referenced tests|
|Week 3||AP Psychology: Intelligence Testing||Background on intelligence testing, types of intelligence, influences on IQ|
|Week 4||AP Psychology: Biology in Psychology||Ways to study the brain, the endocrine system, the role of genetics in determining behavior|
|Week 5||AP Psychology: The Five Senses and Psychology||Sensation and perception, sensory coding, how the senses work, adaptation and habitation|
|Week 6||AP Psychology: Sleep and Other States of Consciousness||Basic information on states of consciousness, the sleep cycle, hypnosis and meditation|
|Week 7||AP Psychology: Learning and Conditioning||Classical and operant conditioning, shaping, social-cognitive learning theory|
|Week 8||AP Psychology: Memory and Cognition||Overview of cognition, language acquisition, how to improve long- and short-term memory, types of concepts|
|Week 9||AP Psychology: Emotion||Categories of emotions, theories regarding emotions, Type A and B personalities, stress|
|Week 10||AP Psychology: Motivation in Psychology||Motivation in education, Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs, hunger|
|Week 11||AP Psychology: Child Development in Psychology||A look at developmental psychology, Piaget's stages of cognitive development, parenting styles, Erikson's stages of identity formation|
|Week 12||AP Psychology: Personality Development and Theories||Overview of personality, id, ego and superego, Freud's theories, theories of temperament|
|Week 13||AP Psychology: Study of Social Psychology||Group behavior, how the Halo Effect influences relationships with others, organizational psychology|
|Week 14||AP Psychology: Abnormal Psychology||Types of disorders, schizophrenia, approaches to psychopathology theory, substance-related disorders|
|Week 15||AP Psychology: Treatment Methods for Psychological Disorders||Individual therapy, group therapy, psychiatric drugs|
|Week 16||AP Psychology: Test Strategy||Overview of the AP psychology exam, general tips on taking AP exams, strategies for answering multiple-choice questions, how to write an essay quickly|
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