AP Psychology - States of Consciousness
1 The Hook - Crash Course Video
In the hook portion of the lesson, I show students the Crash Course video on Consciousness. This gives them a short overview of our upcoming unit. This video can be found at the following link:
2 Textbook Background
In this step, students read and take notes on David Myers' Psychology (Worth Publishers, 2007) Chapter 7. The notes may take any format the student chooses; the only caveat is that they must prove to the instructor through their notes that they have read the entire chapter.
3 Crash Course Videos
During the time that the notes on the textbook are assigned to students, they are also assigned to view the following 2 Crash Course videos from YouTube:
4 Vocabulary Through Twitter
In this step, students are assigned one vocabulary word each from the unit (list below) and either the definition of the word (A) or a real world application of the word (B). Each student tweets his assigned word's definition or real world application, beginning the tweet with the number of the word and A or B. Students must also include a hashtag of your design.
- Biological rhythms
- Annual cycles
- Twenty-eight-day cycles
- Twenty-four-hour cycles
- Ninety-minute cycles
- Circadian rhythm
- REM sleep
- Alpha waves
- Delta waves
- Sleep apnea
- Night terrors
- Manifest content
- Latent content
- REM rebound
- Posthypnotic suggestions
- Psychoactive drugs
- Physical dependence
- Psychological dependence
- Near-death experience
5 Vocabulary Compilation
In this step, I utilize Storify to compile all of the students' tweets. Typically, their due date is a Friday, and I compile the list on Saturday. By searching for my unique hashtag, I am able to quickly pull these together. Then I post a link to the Storify and also embed the Storify on my blog.
6 PowerPoint Presentation
In this step, students go to our Sophia classroom to review the PowerPoint and take a short embedded quiz.
7 Collaboration to address overarching questions
In this step, students work in collaborative groups to address one of the questions below. Students utilize Padlet and/or Google Drive to work collaboratively both at school and at home. When they are finished with their question, they are responsible for emailing their answers to me so that I can copy and paste them into a document. That document is reviewed by the students in class with each group responsible for presenting their answer. As they present, I include other information that is important. This presentation serves as review for the unit test.
- What is consciousness?
- How much information do we consciously attend to at once?
- How do our biological rhythms influence our daily functioning and our sleep and dreams?
- What is the biological rhythm of our sleep?
- What is sleep’s function?
- How does loss of sleep affect us?
- What are the major sleep disorders?
- What is the function of dreams?
- What are the functions of hypnosis and meditation?
- What are tolerance, dependence, and addition?