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AP Psychology - Abnormal Psychology Graphic Organizer Lesson

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Student Objective: The student will critique the viewpoints of three psychological perspectives, and argue which best explains the cause of a psychological disorder.

Updated to include proper terminology for DSM-5!

Students are given one psychological disorder and three psychological perspectives and asked to explain how psychologists of these perspectives (psychoanalytical, behavioral, cognitive, biomedical, sociocultural, evolutionary, or humanistic) would explain the causes behind their assigned disorder. Students then explain the benefits and drawbacks of the selected viewpoints, and argue which perspective they agree with and why. Students group up and compare their viewpoints, and then the groups share out to the class.

Included in this file:
Detailed lesson plan
Teacher model
Teacher planning sheet to assign groups
Seven graphic organizers for seven different psychological disorders
Group discussion sheet with conclusion question
Partial key (for the factual parts of the assignment)

This assignment is perfect for an appraisal or observation! The Blooms level is evaluation, and it involves cooperative learning.

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Teaching Duration
90 Minutes

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AP Psychology - Abnormal Psychology Graphic Organizer Lesson
AP Psychology - Abnormal Psychology Graphic Organizer Lesson
AP Psychology - Abnormal Psychology Graphic Organizer Lesson
AP Psychology - Abnormal Psychology Graphic Organizer Lesson