Id, Ego & Superego Lesson Plan

Instructor: Joanne Abramson

Joanne has taught middle school and high school science for more than ten years and has a master's degree in education.

The id, ego, and superego can be found all over popular culture. Teaching students to recognize this connects your curriculum to their everyday lives. This lesson plan uses a video, song lyrics, and small group work to explain these Freudian concepts.

Lesson Objectives:

By the end of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define the 'id,' 'ego,' and 'superego'
  • Describe the internal conflict between the id, ego, and superego
  • Recognize representations of the id, ego, and superego in popular media


  • 1-1.5 hours

Curriculum Standards:


Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details, and well-structured event sequences.


Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 11-12 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.

Key Terms:

  • Internal conflict
  • Id
  • Ego
  • Superego


  • An image depicting an angel vs. a devil/demon
  • Lyrics to Andy Grammer's song 'Honey, I'm Good'
  • Lined paper
  • Pens or pencils

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