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Ch 6: AP Psychology: Sleep and Consciousness Lesson Plans

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The Sleep and Consciousness chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach about sleep and altered states of consciousness in your classroom. The video lessons, quizzes and transcripts can easily be adapted to provide your lesson plans with engaging and dynamic educational content. Make planning your course easier by using our syllabus/curriculum as a guide.

Weekly Syllabus

Below is a sample breakdown of the Sleep and Consciousness chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.

DayTopicsKey Terms and Concepts Covered
Monday Intro to states of consciousness
Sleep cycle
Consciousness, self-awareness, unconsciousness
Stages of sleep
TuesdayWhy we sleep and dream Importance of sleep, what happens during dreaming
WednesdaySleep disorders and their causes Sleep disorders: sleep apnea, narcolepsy, SIDS, sleepwalking, nightmares, night terrors
ThursdayHypnosis and meditationAltered states of consciousness in hypnosis and meditation
FridayPsychoactive drugsTypes of psychoactive drugs and how they function to alter consciousness

6 Lessons in Chapter 6: AP Psychology: Sleep and Consciousness Lesson Plans
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States of Consciousness, Self-Awareness & the Unconscious Mind

1. States of Consciousness, Self-Awareness & the Unconscious Mind

Consciousness is the awareness of who we are are and how we respond to the world, and is a key component to human life. Explore the states of consciousness, the importance of self-awareness, and the studies about the role of the unconscious mind.

What is the Sleep Cycle? - Definition, Stages & Disorders

2. What is the Sleep Cycle? - Definition, Stages & Disorders

The sleep cycle is comprised of five stages. Delve into these stages, the circadian rhythm, the importance of deep and restorative rapid eye movement (REM) sleep, and the causes and symptoms of sleep disorders.

Why Do We Sleep and Dream?

3. Why Do We Sleep and Dream?

Psychologists have developed several theories trying to understand how the mind works when sleeping or dreaming. Learn about theories on dream interpretation such as psychoanalytic theory, activation-synthesis theory, and psychotherapeutic theory.

Sleep Disorders: Types & Causes

4. Sleep Disorders: Types & Causes

Sleep disorders are issues that disrupt the normal sleeping state or patterns. Learn about types and causes of sleep disorders such as narcolepsy, insomnia, sleep apnea, SIDS, and other relevant sleep disruptions.

Altered States of Consciousness: Meditation & Hypnosis

5. Altered States of Consciousness: Meditation & Hypnosis

It is possible to alter one's state of consciousness through techniques like meditation and hypnosis. Explore how meditation quiets the mind and focuses attention, while hypnosis induces a trance-like state to increase a person's suggestibility and perception.

What are Psychoactive Drugs? - Definition, Types & Uses

6. What are Psychoactive Drugs? - Definition, Types & Uses

Psychoactive drugs are medications designed to alter the brain's chemical signals affecting different mental functions. Explore the definition and uses of different types of psychoactive drugs, including stimulants, depressants, narcotics, and hallucinogens, and explore how tolerance to them can lead to addiction.

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