Schizophrenia 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.

Schizophrenia is a largely misunderstood mental illness. This lesson plan uses a video and a text lesson to explain key facts about this disorder and an activity creates a meaningful takeaway for students.

Learning Objectives

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

  • define schizophrenia
  • list the symptoms of schizophrenia
  • distinguish between different types of schizophrenia

Length

  • 1 to 1.5 hours

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.11-12.1

Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of science and technical texts, attending to important distinctions the author makes and to any gaps or inconsistencies in the account.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.11-12.2

Determine the central ideas or conclusions of a text; summarize complex concepts, processes, or information presented in a text by paraphrasing them in simpler but still accurate terms.

  • 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.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.11-12.5

Analyze how the text structures information or ideas into categories or hierarchies, demonstrating understanding of the information or ideas.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.11-12.9

Synthesize information from a range of sources (e.g., texts, experiments, simulations) into a coherent understanding of a process, phenomenon, or concept, resolving conflicting information when possible.

Materials

Key Vocabulary

  • Schizophrenia
  • Positive symptoms
  • Negative symptoms
  • Paranoid
  • Disorganized
  • Catatonic
  • Undifferentiated
  • Residual

Instructions

  • Begin by writing the word 'schizophrenia' on the board.
  • Ask the students to share what they know about schizophrenia and write some of their ideas on the board.
  • Play the video lesson Schizophrenia, pausing at 1:58.
  • Review the definition of schizophrenia for the class and list the positive symptoms presented in the video lesson.
    • Does 'positive' in regards to the symptoms of schizophrenia mean that they are good?
  • Play the rest of the video lesson for the class now.
  • Review the negative symptoms of schizophrenia and the different types of schizophrenia presented in the video lesson.
    • Do the symptoms and types of schizophrenia we've learned about match with your understanding about it prior to this lesson?

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