ABC Model of Attitudes Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has an Masters of Science in Mathematics and a Masters in Education

This lesson plan defines attitudes and outlines the ABC model. Students will watch an educational video, experiment with content in hands-on activities, and take a quiz.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define 'attitude'
  • explain the ABC model of attitudes
  • describe how the ABC model is used and why it is useful
  • create and conduct an experiment using the ABC Model


1 - 1.5 hours for the lesson, plus time for student presentations

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.11-12.4

Present information, findings, and supporting evidence, conveying a clear and distinct perspective, such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning, alternative or opposing perspectives are addressed, and the organization, development, substance, and style are appropriate to purpose, audience, and a range of formal and informal tasks.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.11-12.5

Make strategic use of digital media (e.g., textual, graphical, audio, visual, and interactive elements) in presentations to enhance understanding of findings, reasoning, and evidence and to add interest.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.11-12.3

Follow precisely a complex multistep procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks; analyze the specific results based on explanations in the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.11-12.4

Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 11-12 texts and topics.


Key Vocabulary

  • Attitudes
  • ABC model of attitudes
  • Affective
  • Behavioral
  • Cognitive

Warm-Up and Preparation

  • Have students take out their notebooks and a pen.
  • Show them the image of a spider and instruct them to write the first things that come to mind.
  • Now repeat with the image of pizza and the beach.
  • Break students into small groups and have them share their reactions to the three images.
  • Share student work as a whole group. How do students feel about these things? Why?

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