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Ch 10: Motivation & Needs Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

The Motivation and Needs chapter of this High School Psychology Syllabus Resource and Lesson Plans course is designed to help you plan and teach about the factors that motivate human behavior 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 as a guide.

Weekly Syllabus

Below is a sample breakdown of the Motivation and Needs 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.

Day Topics Key Terms and Concepts Covered
Monday Introduction to motivation Explanation of three main theories in motivation, including instinct theory and drive reduction theory; mention of Sigmund Freud and homeostasis
Tuesday Intrinsic and extrinsic motivation Meaning of terms, examples of these types of motivation
Wednesday Self-determination theory and cognitive dissonance Background and definition of self-determination theory, assumptions and three basic psychological needs; ways to avoid cognitive dissonance
Thursday Abraham Maslow and the expectancy value theory of motivation Maslow's hierarchy of needs, including social, physiological and safety; description of expectancy value theory of motivation
Friday Hunger and situational cues Relationship between hunger, the brain and motivation, How to look for situational cues, such as curiosity, anger, anxiety and fear

5 Lessons in Chapter 10: Motivation & Needs Lesson Plans
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Theories of Motivation: Instinct, Drive Reduction & Arousal

1. Theories of Motivation: Instinct, Drive Reduction & Arousal

Motivation is a word we've all heard: whether we're asked if we're feeling motivated or, even, what our motivations are. Where does the desire to do something come from? This lesson presents and explains three of the main theories on motivation.

Intrinsic and Extrinsic Motivation in Education: Definition & Examples

2. Intrinsic and Extrinsic Motivation in Education: Definition & Examples

Intrinsic and extrinsic are the two types of motivation. Learn more about intrinsic and extrinsic motivation from definitions and examples, then test your knowledge with a quiz.

Self-Determination Theory: Capacity, Strategy & Control Beliefs

3. Self-Determination Theory: Capacity, Strategy & Control Beliefs

How do you stay motivated? What motivates your peers and coworkers? Are rewards motivating factors or do people have an internal drive to persist until a given activity is completed? This lesson will describe a theory that encompasses both intrinsic and extrinsic motivators: the self-determination theory.

The Theory of Cognitive Dissonance in Psychology

4. The Theory of Cognitive Dissonance in Psychology

What happens when a person's beliefs and actions don't line up? And how do people deal with their feelings when that happens? Explore this lesson for information on psychologist Leon Festinger's theory of cognitive dissonance.

Understanding Hunger: Physical & Psychological Factors

5. Understanding Hunger: Physical & Psychological Factors

Finding a way to address our hunger is one of the main motivators we have as living beings. But hunger isn't all about your stomach; your brain plays a key role in how you get the message that it's time to refuel. Watch this lesson for details on how hunger works from the brain's perspective.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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