Rorschach Test Lesson Plan

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

What can an inkblot tell us about a person? This lesson plan outlines the infamous Rorschach Inkblot Test for students. An activity gives them the opportunity for deeper analysis.


  • 1 to 1.5 hours

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • summarize the characteristics and history of the Rorschach Inkblot Test
  • explain the controversies surrounding projective measures

Curriculum Standards


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.


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


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).


Integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information presented in diverse formats and media (e.g., visually, quantitatively, as well as in words) in order to address a question or solve a problem.

Key Vocabulary

  • Rorschach Inkblot Test
  • Projective test


  • Assorted Rorschach-like images
  • A worksheet created using the quiz from the associated video lesson


  • Display one of the Rorschach-like images for the class.
  • Ask students to describe what they see in the image during a brief class discussion.
    • What similarities and differences can we identify between the student responses?
  • Play the video lesson Rorschach Test: Definition, History & Interpretation, pausing it at 1:55.
    • What does 'projection' mean in regards to the Rorschach Inkblot Test?
    • What might be some potential problems with a test like this?
  • Play the rest of the video lesson for the class now.
    • Do you think that Rorschach himself would be pleased to know that his test is being used in different ways than what he designed it for?
    • Why might it be significant if a person focuses on the whole or parts of the inkblot?
    • Why would the words used to name an inkblot be important?
    • Do you think that the Rorschach Inkblot Test is a reliable method of gaining information about an individual?
  • Pass out the worksheet and ask students to work independently to complete it.

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