Family Life & Systems Lesson Plan

Instructor: Kerry Gray

Kerry has been a teacher and an administrator for more than twenty years. She has a Master of Education degree.

This lesson plan provides teachers with activities for teaching psychology students about family systems. Students will watch a video lesson and participate in a collaborative activity about types of families.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Identify types of families.
  • Describe factors that determine a family's impact on child development.
  • Use content-specific language when describing families.

Length

This lesson will take approximately 45-90 minutes.

Curriculum Standards

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.11-12.2

Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary that makes clear the relationships among the key details and ideas.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.11-12.3

Evaluate various explanations for actions or events and determine which explanation best accords with textual evidence, acknowledging where the text leaves matters uncertain.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.11-12.4

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including analyzing how an author uses and refines the meaning of a key term over the course of a text (e.g., how Madison defines faction in Federalist No. 10).

Vocabulary

  • blended family
  • extended family
  • matrifocal family
  • nuclear family
  • patrifocal family

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