Overview

New high school psychology teachers often ask how to design pacing calendars for their psychology classes. Courses can vary in many ways — there are advanced placement classes, international baccalaureate classes, and regular classes, and courses can be one semester or year-long, block or regular schedule. While the National Standards for High School Psychology Curricula contains outlines for psychology courses (see Appendix B), the sample pacing calendars below provide teachers with examples of actual calendars from other psychology teachers. APA does not endorse these calendars, but they are being provided here as examples for teachers to view and consider.

Contact Laura Brandt if you have questions about these calendars.

  1. Advanced Placement, Block schedule, Single semester
    Mike McLane
    Sterling Heights High School
    Sterling, MI

  2. Advanced Placement, Regular schedule, Single semester
    Robert Owens
    Northwest Guilford senior high school
    Greensboro, NC

  3. Advanced Placement, Regular schedule, Full year
    Laura Brandt
    Adlai E. Stevenson High School
    Lincolnshire, IL

  4. International Baccalaureate, Block schedule, Full year
    Marissa Sarabando
    Memorial High School
    McAllen, Texas

  5. Regular Psychology, Block schedule, single semester
    Chanda Aves
    Ionia High School
    Ionia, MI

Advanced placement, block schedule, single semester (McLane)

Mike McLane
Sterling Heights High School
Sterling Heights, Michigan
AP Block Schedule
David Myers: Psychology 8th edition
One Semester- 20 Weeks/ 55 Minute Class Period

Methods domain (Introduction) (Standard area I)

Before Introduction to Domain lecture look over Graphic Organizers:
Day 1: In class: answer questions that follow Domains Lecture

Chapter: Introduction to the history and science of psychology (Standard area 1A1-6)

Read through Chapter Preview Objectives (before chapter discussion):
Day 2-3: In class: chapter discussion: take notes in spiral notebook (2-3 days)
During chapter discussion at home: read pages 1-50/ Psychology Textbook
Day 4: In class Review
Day 5: Test over Chapter
After the test read over the key terms and people for the domain
Paper: "Explain how the definition of psychology can be traced back to biology and philosophy. Indicate how these subjects influenced modern thought concerning nature and nurture." Also "Explain why ethics are necessary when conducting an experiment. Why is informed consent vital to participation? Should human subjects be studied at all? What is your position on experiments that involve manipulation of human behavior."

Biopsychological domain (Introduction) (Standard area II)

Neuroscience and Behavior (Standard Area IIA 1-7)

Before Introduction to Domain lecture look over Graphic Organizers
Day 6: In class: answer questions that follow Domain Lecture

Sensation and Perception (Standard Area IIB 1-3)

Before Introduction to Domain lecture look over Graphic Organizers
Day 7: In class: answer questions that follow Domain Lecture

Motivation and Work (Standard Area IIC 1.3.4.5.7)

Before Introduction to Domain lecture look over Graphic Organizers
Day 8: In class: answer questions that follow Domain Lecture

Emotions (Standard Area IIC 2,4,6,7)

Before Introduction to Domain lecture look over Graphic Organizers:
Day 9: In class: answer questions that follow Domain Lecture on pages

Stress and Health (Standard Area (IID 1-4)

Before Introduction to Domain lecture look over Graphic Organizers
Day 10: In class: answer questions that follow Domain Lecture
Review Domain Material
Day 11: Quiz over Introduction to Biopsychological Domain

Chapter: Neuroscience and behavior (Standard area IIA)

Read through Chapter Preview Objectives (before chapter discussion)
Day 12-13: In class: chapter discussion: take notes in spiral notebook (2-3 days)
During chapter discussion at home: read pages 53-87 Psychology Textbook

Nature and Nurture Material (Standard Area IIA-6))

Read through Chapter Preview Objectives (before chapter discussion): pages 113-120
During chapter discussion at home: read pages 95-134/ Psychology Textbook
Day 14: In class: chapter discussion: take notes in spiral notebook (1 day)
Day 15: In class Review Activity
Answer Essay Questions
Review all chapter material and Nature/ Nurture material/
Day 16: Test over chapter/ and Nature/ Nurture material
Paper: "Discuss overall how neural communication occurs in the body- include the roles of the nervous and endocrine systems and the process of synaptic transmission. Show how family history plays a role in alcohol and drug addiction. How does alcohol affect neural communication. Using this information explain why drunk driving accidents occur."

Chapter: Sensation and perception (Standard area IIB)

Read through Chapter Preview Objectives (before chapter discussion):
Day 17-18: In class: chapter discussion: take notes in spiral notebook (2-3 days)
During chapter discussion at home: read pages 197-266/ Psychology Textbook
Day 19: In class Review Activity
Answer Essay Questions
Review all chapter material
Day 20: Test over Chapter
Paper: "How is tranduction similar to binary code that computers use?" Discuss how you could possibly improve the process of human transduction. Include the principles of perception, sensory adaptation and selective attention."

Chapter: Motivation and work (Standard area IIC)

Read through Chapter Preview Objectives (before chapter discussion
Day 21-22: In class: chapter discussion: take notes in spiral notebook (2-3 days)
During chapter discussion at home: read pages 469-506 Psychology Textbook
Review all chapter material
Paper: "How could you improve the "atmosphere" in high school in terms of treating others regarding physical appearance? Explain how negative gestures and behaviors leads to lower self-esteem, lower school performance and possibly eating disorders. Imagine how our school could be if no one made fun of each other."

Chapter: Emotion (Standard area IIC)

Read through Chapter Preview Objectives (before chapter discussion
Day 23-24: In class: chapter discussion: take notes in spiral notebook (2-3 days)
During chapter discussion at home: read pages 513-545/ Psychology Textbook
Answer Essay Questions:
Review all chapter material
Paper: "If you had to start a lecture series on the "Benefits of Positive Emotions and its affects on Behavior" how and why would you teach these principles to freshmen in high school? Discuss how you could "control" your emotions based on the biopsychosocial approach."

Chapter: Stress and health (Standard area IID)

Read through Chapter Preview Objectives (before chapter discussion
Day 25: In class: chapter discussion: take notes in spiral notebook (2-3 days)
During chapter discussion at home: read pages 549-589/ Psychology Textbook
Review all chapter material
Day 26: In class Review Activity
Review all chapter material
Day 27: Test over Chapter(S): Motivation and Work, Emotions, Stress and Health
Paper: "If you started an ad campaign for preventing heart disease what steps would you take to lower this disease? Discuss coping strategies, health wellness, and stress reduction techniques. How would you get your message across?"

Methods and biopsychological domain review

Review all Domain(S) material/ Analogies of Psychology Book 1 & Psychology Textbook
Look over Key terms and People pages 189-226
Day 28: Midterm over Methods and Biopsychological Domains

Developmental domain (Introduction) (Standard area IIIA)

Developing Person (Standard Area IIIA-1)

Before Introduction to Domain lecture look over Graphic Organizers
Day 29: In class: answer questions that follow Domain Lecture

Personality (Standard Area IIIB 1-3)

Before Introduction to Domain lecture look over Graphic Organizers
Day 30: In class: answer questions that follow Domain Lecture
Review Domain material
Day 31: Quiz over Developmental Domain

Chapter: Developing person (Standard area IIIA 1-4)

Read through Chapter Preview Objectives
Day 32-33: In class: chapter discussion: take notes in spiral notebook (2-3 days)
During chapter discussion at home: read pages 139-193/ Psychology Textbook
Day 34: In class Review Activity
Answer Essay Questions
Review all chapter material
Day 35: Test over Chapter
Paper: "Explain how events from childhood affect behavior in adolescence. Discuss how unresolved issues in childhood lead to greater problems later in life. Include the theoretical points of Erikson, Piaget and Kohlberg."

Chapter: Personality (Standard area IIB 1-3)

Read through Chapter Preview Objectives
Day 36-37: In class: chapter discussion: take notes in spiral notebook (2-3 days)
During chapter discussion at home: read pages 595-633/ Psychology Textbook
Day 38: In class Review Activity
Answer Essay Questions
Review all chapter material
Day 39: Test over Chapter
Paper: "Analyze and critique the major theories of personality. Identify the strengths of weaknesses of each theory and identify the theory you agree with that explains your personality."

Developmental domain review

Review all Domain material/ Analogies of Psychology Book 2 & Psychology Textbook
Look over Key terms and People pages 75-87Analogies of Psychology Book 2
Day 40: Midterm over Developmental Domain

Cognitive domain (Introduction) (Standard area IV)

States of Consciousness (Standard Area IVD 1-5)

Before Introduction to Domain lecture look over Graphic Organizers
Day 41: In class: answer questions that follow Domain Lecture

Learning (Standard Area IVA 1-5)

Before Introduction to Domain lecture look over Graphic Organizers
Day 42: In class: answer questions that follow Domain Lecture

Memory (Standard Area IVB 1-6)

Before Introduction to Domain lecture look over Graphic Organizers
Day 43: In class: answer questions that follow Domain Lecture

Thinking, Language, and Intelligence (Standard Area IVC 1-5)

Before Introduction to Domain lecture look over Graphic Organizers
Day 44: In class: answer questions that follow Domain Lecture
Review Domain material
Day 45: Quiz over Cognitive Domain

Chapter: States of consciousness (Standard area IVD 1-5)

Read through Chapter Preview Objectives
Day 46: In class: chapter discussion: take notes in spiral notebook (2-3 days)
During chapter discussion at home: read pages 271-309/ Psychology Textbook
Answer Essay Questions
Review all chapter material
Paper: "Discuss how stimulants, depressants, and hallucinogens affect transmission of neurotransmitters. How does this information influence your decision not to use certain drugs. Discuss why addiction and withdrawal symptoms involve over and under production of neurotransmitters. Put together a brief statement that could be passed out to freshman that discuss these findings and the dangers associated with certain drugs."

Chapter: Learning (Standard area IVA 1-5)

Read through Chapter Preview Objectives
Day 47-48: In class: chapter discussion: take notes in spiral notebook (2-3 days)
During chapter discussion at home: read pages 313-343/ Psychology Textbook
Answer Essay Questions
Day 49: In class Review Activity
Review all chapter material
Day 50: Test over Chapter(S): States of Consciousness and Learning
Paper: "Explain how too much extra credit could hinder intrinsic motivation to learn material. Use the principles of Operant conditioning to support your answer. Also discuss how electrical fences for dogs utilize the principles of classical conditioning. Are these fences ethically correct?"

Chapter: Memory (Standard area IVB 1-6)

Read through Chapter Preview Objectives
Day 51-52: In class: chapter discussion: take notes in spiral notebook (2-3 days)
During chapter discussion at home: read pages 349-391/ Psychology Textbook
Answer Essay Questions
Review all chapter material
Paper: "Explain why "cramming" is not a good idea for preparing for the AP National exam. Why in this course do we study the material in different approaches and different times? How is this similar to the suggestion made in this chapter?"

Chapter: Thinking, language, and intelligence (Standard area IVC 1-5)

Read through Chapter Preview Objectives
Day 53-54: In class: chapter discussion: take notes in spiral notebook (2-3 days)
During chapter discussion at home: read pages 395-464/ Psychology Textbook
Answer Essay Questions
Day 55: In class Review Activity
Review all chapter material
Day 56: Test over Chapter(S): Memory and Thinking, Language, and Intelligence
Paper: "Are standardized test for high school students biased? How would you correct these biases? How could you construct a test that includes the ideologies of everybody represented?"

Cognitive domain review

Review all Domain material/ Analogies of Psychology Book 2 & Psychology Textbook
Look over Key terms and People: pages 217-238
Day 57: Midterm over Cognitive Domain

Variations in individual and group behavior domain (Introduction) (Standard area V)

Introduction to Psychological Disorders (Standard Area VA 1-4)

Before Introduction to Domain lecture look over Graphic Organizers
Day 58: In class: answer questions that follow Domain Lecture

Therapy (Standard Area VB 1-3)

Before Introduction to Domain lecture look over Graphic Organizers
Day 59: In class: answer questions that follow Domain Lecture

Social Psychology (Standard Area VC 1-3)

Before Introduction to Domain lecture look over Graphic Organizers
Day 60: In class: answer questions that follow Domain Lecture
Review Domain material
Day 61: Quiz over Variations in Individual and Group Behavior Domain

Chapter: Psychological disorders (Standard area VA 1-4)

Read through Chapter Preview Objectives
Day 62-63: In class: chapter discussion: take notes in spiral notebook (2-3 days)
During chapter discussion at home: read pages 639-680/ Psychology Textbook
Answer Essay Questions
Review all chapter material
Paper: "Do labels applied to people with symptoms of psychological disorders become beneficial or harmful. Does labeling lead to expected behavior and acted- out symptoms? Does it affect the outcomes of therapy?"

Chapter: Therapy (Standard area VB 1-3)

Read through Chapter Preview Objectives
Day 64-65: In class: chapter discussion: take notes in spiral notebook (2-3 days)
During chapter discussion at home: read pages 685-719/ Psychology Textbook
Answer Essay Questions
Day 66: In class Review Activity
Review all chapter material
Day 67: Test over Chapter(S): Psychological Disorders and Therapy
Paper: "Discuss if the use of drug therapy is being over used. Explain the benefits and disadvantages of drug therapy. Include people of genetic predispositions vs. environmental factors in terms of developing psychological disorders. Explain how the combination of behavior and drug therapy could be beneficial."

Chapter: Social psychology (Standard area VC 1-3)

Read through Chapter Preview Objectives
Day 68-69: In class: chapter discussion: take notes in spiral notebook (2-3 days)
During chapter discussion at home: read pages 723-767/ Psychology Textbook
Answer Essay Questions
Day 70: In class Review Activity
Review all chapter material
Day 71: Test over Chapter
Paper: Discuss how you could make our school a "friendlier" environment. Use the content of this chapter to set-up a list of "underlying assumptions" that students need to understand before stepping foot in "our" school. Also discuss how an insecure identity factors into prejudice behavior. Relate this to high school students.

Variations in individual and group behavior domain review

Review all Domain material/ Analogies of Psychology Book 3 & Psychology Textbook
Look over Key terms and People pages 101-114
Day 72: Midterm over Variations in Individual and Group Behavior Domain

AP Psychology final exam review and national review

Read "Top 10 Lists" pages: 117-131
Read "Ultimate Review" pages: 133-140
Look through the materials- especially the chapters that you found difficult

Day 73: Final Exam

AP National Exam

Advanced placement, block schedule, single semester (Owens)
Northeast Senior High
Winter/Spring 2007 Syllabus
Coach Owens
AP Psychology
Week/
Dates
Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri
Methods Domain
    Introduction &
Research  
    Methods
    IA-1,4-6
Jan.
22-26

Last Day
Fall/Winter
Semester

Teacher
Workday
Text books
issued,
class outline,
syllabus,
parental
information
History and
Approaches:
Logic, Philosophy
and the
History of
Science
History and
Approaches:
Biological
Methods Domain
    Introduction &  
    Research  
    Methods
    IA-1,4-6
Jan. 29-
Feb. 2
History and
Approaches:
Behavioral
History
and
Approaches:
Cognitive
History
and
Approaches:
Humanistic
History and
Approaches: Psychodynamic
TEST:
History and
Approaches
Biological
Bases of
Behavior:
Physiological
Techniques
Biopsychological Domain
   Biological   
   Bases of
   Behavior
   IIA 1-7
Feb.
5-9
Biological
Bases of
Behavior:
Neuro-
anatomical
Biological Bases
of Behavior:
Functional Organization
of the
Nervous
System
Biological
Bases
of
Behavior:
Neural
Transmission
Biological Bases
of Behavior:
Endocrine system
Biological
Bases of
Behavior:
Genetics
Cognitive Domain
   Memory
   Thinking &   
   Language
   IVB 1-6
   IVC 1-5
Feb.
12-16
TEST:
Biological Bases
of Behavior
Cognition
Cognition:
Memory
Cognition:
Language
Early Dismissal
Cognition:
Thinking
Cognition:
Problem
Solving and
Creativity
Biopsychological
Domain
   Motivation &
   Emotion
   IIC 1-7
Feb.
19-23
TEST:
Cognition:
Motivation
and
Emotion:
biological
Motivation
and
Emotion:
Theories
of Motivation
Motivation
and
Emotion:
Hunger,
Thirst,
Sex, and
Pain
Motivation
and
Emotion:
Social
Motives
 Motivation and
Emotion:
Theories of
Emotion

Biopsychological Domain
   Motivation &
   Emotion
   IIC 1-7

Biopyschological Domain
   Sensation &
    Perception
    IIB 1-3

Feb. 26-
Mar. 2
Teacher
Workday
Motivation
and
Emotion:
Stress
TEST:
Motivation and
Emotion:
Sensation and
Perception:
thresholds
Sensation and
Perception:
Sensory
mechanisms
Sensation and
Perception:
Sensory
adaptation

Biopyschological Domain
   Sensation &
    Perception
    IIB 1-3

Cognitive Domain
   Learning
   IVA 1-5

Mar.
5-9
Sensation
and
Perception:
Attention
Sensation and Perception: Perceptual
Processes
TEST:
Sensation and
Perception:
Learning:
Classical
Conditioning
Learning:
Operant
Conditioning
Learning:
Cognitive
Pocesses in
Learning

Cognitive Domain
   Learning
   IVA 1-5

Developmental Domain
   Lifespan
   Development
   IIIA1-4

Mar.
12-16
Learning:
Biological
Factors
Learning:
Social
Learning
TEST:
Learning:
Developmental
Psychology:
Life-span Approach
Early Dismissal
Developmental
Psychology:
Research
Methods
Developmental
Psychology:
Heredity
Environment
Mar.
19-23
Developmental
Psychology: Developmental
Theories
Developmental Psychology:
Sex Roles;
Sex Differences
Developmental
Psychology:
Dimensions of
Development
TEST:
Developmental
Psychology
Abnormal
Psychology:
Theories
Abnormal
Psychology:
diagnosis of
psychopathology
Variations in
Individual and
Group Behavior
Domain
   Psychological
   Disorders
   VA 1-4
Mar.
26-30
Abnormal
Psychology:
Anxiety
Disorders
Abnormal
Psychology: Somatoform
Disorders

Midterm
Exams

Midterm
Exams

Teacher
Workday
Variations in
Individual and
Group Behavior
Domain
   Psychological
   Disorders
   VA 1-4
Apr.
9-13
Abnormal
Psychology:
Mood
and
Dissociative
Disorders
Abnormal
Psychology:
Schizophrenic
Disorders
Abnormal
Psychology:
Organic and
Personality
Disorders
TEST:
Abnormal
Psychology:
Social Psychology:
Group Dynamics
Social
Psychology:
Attribution
Processes
Variations in
Individual and
Group Behavior
Domain
   Social & Cultural  
   Dimensions of  
   Behavior
   VC 1-3
Apr.
16-20
Social
Psychology:
Interpersonal
Perception
Social
Psychology:
Conformity, Compliance,
and
Obedience
Social
Psychology:
Organizational
Behavior
Social
Psychology:
Aggression and
Antisocial
Behavior
TEST:
Social
Psychology:
Research Methods:
Experimental,
Correlational, and
Clinical Research

Methods Domain
    Introduction &  
    Research  
    Methods
    IA-2-3

Variations in
Individual and
Group Behavior
Domain
   Personality and
   Assessment
   IIIB 1-3

Apr.
23-27
Research
Methods:
Statistics;
Descriptive
and
Inferential
Research
Methods:
Ethics in
Research
TEST:
Research
Methods:
Personality:
Personality
Theories and
Approaches
Personality:
Assessment
Techniques
Personality:
Self-concept and
Self-esteem

Variations in
Individual and
Group Behavior
Domain
   Personality and
   Assessment
   IIIB 1-3

    Individual
    Differences
    IVE 4
Variations in
Individual and
Group Behavior
Domain
   Treatment of
   Psychological
   Disorders
   VB 1-2

Apr. 30-
May 4
Personality:
Growth
and
Adjustment
TEST:
Personality:
Testing and
Individual
Differences:
Standardization
and
Norms
Testing and
Individual
Differences:
reliability and
validity
Testing and
Individual
Differences:
Types of
Tests
Testing and
Individual
Differences:
Ethics and
Standards
Cognitive Domain
    Individual
    Differences
    IVE 4
May
7-11
Testing
and
Individual
Differences:
Intelligence
Testing and
Individual
Differences:
Heredity/
Environment
Testing and
Individual
Differences:
Human
Diversity
TEST:
Testing and
Individual Differences:
Treatment of
Psychological
Disorders:
Insight Therapies
Treatment of
Psychological
Disorders:
Behavioral
Approach
Variations in
Individual and
Group Behavior
Domain
   Treatment of
   Psychological
   Disorders
   VB 1-2
May
14-18
Treatment of Psychological
Disorders:
cognitive
approaches
Treatment of
Psychological
Disorders:
Biological
Approaches
Treatment of Psychological Disorders:
Modes of Therapy
Treatment of
Psychological
Disorders:
Community and
Prevention
TEST:
Treatment of
Psychological
Disorders
Cognitive Domain   
   States of 
   Consciousness
   IVD 1-4
May
21-25
Holiday States of Consciousness:
Sleep
States of Consciousness: Hypnosis States of
Consciousness:
Psychoactive
Drug Effects
TEST:
States of Consciousness
May 28-
June 1
Manson
Murders:
Power Point
Manson
Murders:
Power Point
Manson
Murders:
Video
Manson
Murders:
Video
Manson
Murders:
Video
June
4-8

Exam review

Exam review

Exam review

Exam review

EXAMS
June
11-15

Snow make-up

Snow make-up

Snow make-up

Snow make-up

Snow make-up

Advanced placement, one year, 50 minutes per day (Brandt)

AP Psychology
Adlai E. Stevenson High School
Laura Brandt

Course Schedule (time) (National Standards key)

First Semester

Social Psychology (3 weeks)

Standard Area: Social interactions
Domain: Sociocultural context

  • Personal perception (3 days) — Content standard: 3.1-3.
  • Attribution (2 days) — Content Standard: 1.1-1.3.
  • Obedience/conformity (2 days) — Content standard: 2.1-2.3.
  • Group processes (3 days) — Content standard: 2.3.
  • Attitudes (2 days) — Content standard: 1.1-1.3.
  • Interpersonal attraction (2 days) — Content standard: 3.4.
  • Cooperation versus competition (1 day) — Content standard: 1.1-1.3.
History/Careers/Theories (2 weeks)

Standard Area: Perspectives in psychological science
Domain: Scientific inquiry

  • Relation to other social sciences (1 day) — Content standard: 1.1.
  • Foundations of psychology (2 days) — Content standard: 1.2; 1.4.
  • Historical theories of psychology (3 days) — Content standard: 1.1-1.2.
  • Evolution of modern day psychology (2 days) — Content standard: 1.4.
  • Fields within psychology (2 days) — Content standard: 2.1-2.3.
Research and Statistics (2 weeks)

Standard Area: Research methods, measurements and statistics
Domain: Scientific inquiry

  • The scientific method (1 day) — Content standard: 1.2.
  • Experimental research (2 days) — Content standard: 1.2.
  • Descriptive/correlational research (2 days) — Content standard: 1.1-1.4.
  • Descriptive and inferential statistics (2 days) — Content standard: 1.3; 3.1.
  • Reliability and validity (1 day) — Content standard: 1.3.
  • Ethical guidelines to conducting good research (2 days) — Content standard: 2.1-2.2.
Biological Bases of Behavior (3 weeks)

Standard Area: Biological bases of behavior
Domain: Biopsychology

  • Division of the nervous system (1 day) — Content standard: 1.1.
  • Structures and communication in the nervous system (3 days) — Content standard: 1.2.
  • Endocrine system (1 day) — Content standard: 2.1.
  • Midbrain/hindbrain/forebrain (4 days) — Content standard: 1.1; 1.3.
  • Functions of the brain (3 days) — Content standard: 1.1-1.5.
  • Methods of scanning the Brain (1 day) — Content standard: 4.1.
  • Plasticity/lateralization (2 days) — Content standard: 1.5.
Sensation/Perception (3 weeks)

Standard Area: Sensation and perception
Domain: Biopsychology

  • Structure of the eye (3 days) — Content standard: 2.2.
  • Theories of color vision (2 days) — Content standard: 2.2.
  • Structure of the ear (2 days) — Content standard: 2.3.
  • Olfaction and gustation (1 day) — Content standard: 2.4.
  • Absolute and difference thresholds (2 days) — Content standard: 1.2.
  • Gestalt principles (1 day) — Content standard: 3.1.
  • Depth perception (1 day) — Content standard: 3.2.
  • Bottom-up versus top-down processing (2 days) — Content standard: 3.1-3.4.
  • Attention (1 day) — Content standard: 3.5.
Consciousness (1 week)

Standard Area: Consciousness
Domain: Biopsychology

  • Stages of sleep (2 days) — Content standard: 2.1-2.2.
  • Sleep disorders/meditation and hypnosis (1 day) — Content standard: 2.4.
  • Classification of drugs (1 day) — Content standard: 3.1-3.4.
  • Long- and short-term effects of drugs (1 day) — Content standard: 3.1-3.4.
Learning (1.5 weeks)

Standard Area: Learning
Domain: Development and learning

  • Classical conditioning (3 days) — Content standard: 1.1.
  • Operant conditioning (3 days) — Content standard: 2.2.
  • Cognitive learning (1 day) — Content standard: 3.1-3.2.
  • Observational learning (1 day) — Content standard: 3.1-3.2.
Memory (1.5 weeks)

Standard Area: Memory
Domain: Cognition

  • Encoding/storage/retrieval (3 days) — Content standard: 1.1; 2.1; 3.3.
  • Recall versus recognition (1 day) — Content standard: 3.1-3.3.
  • Forgetting/interference (1 day) — Content standard: 3.5.
  • Memory systems and types of memory (2 days) — Content standard: 2.1.
  • Retrieval cues (1 day) — Content standard: 3.1.

Second Semester

Cognition (1.5 weeks)

Standard Area: Thinking
Domain: Cognition

  • Heuristics versus algorithms (1 day) — Content standard: 1.2.
  • Schemas/prototypes (1 day) — Content standard: 1.2.
  • Problem-solving (1 day) — Content standard: 1.2-1.3.

Standard Area: Intelligence
Domain: Cognition

  • History of intelligence testing (2 days) — Content standard: 2.1.
  • Good test construction (1 day) — Content standard: 2.1-2.2.
  • Theories of intelligence (1 day) — Content standard: 2.1-2.2.
  • Advantages and disadvantages of IQ testing (1 day) — Content standard: 3.1.
Development and Language (3 weeks) 

Standard Area: Language development
Domain: Development and learning

  • Components of language (1 day) — Content standard: 1.1.
  • Acquisition of language (1 day) — Content standard: 2.2.

Standard Area: Life span development
Domain: Development and learning

  • Prenatal development (1 day) — Content standard: 3.1.
  • Motor development (1 day) — Content standard 4.1.
  • Attachment (1 day) — Content standard: 4.3.
  • Piaget's cognitive development (2 days) — Content standard: 2.1-2.3.
  • Kohlberg's moral development (2 day) — Content standard: 2.1-2.3.
  • Erikson's psychosocial development (2 days) — Content standard 2.1-2.3.
  • Adolescence (2 days) — Content standard 6.1-6.4.
  • Gender roles (1 day) — Content standard: 6.2-6.4.
  • Adulthood and aging (1 day) — Content standard: 7.1-7.3.
Motivation/Emotion/Stress (3 weeks)

Standard Areas: Motivation and emotion
Domain: Individual variation

  • Hunger motivation (1 day) — Content standard: 1.1; 2.1 (Motivation).
  • Maslow's hierarchy (1 day) — Content standard: 1.2; 1.3 (Motivation).
  • Theories of motivation (2 days) — Content standard: 1.1-1.3 (Motivation).
  • Achievement motivation (1 day) — Content standard: 2.3 (Motivation).
  • Theories of Emotion (2 days) — Content standard: 1.3 (Emotion).
  • Cultural standards of emotion (1 day) — Content standard: 2.2 (Emotion).
  • Physical attributes of emotion (1 day) — Content standard: 2.3; 3.1-3.2 (Emotion).

Standard Area: Health
Domain: Applications of psychological science

  • Physiological stressors (1 day) — Content standard: 1, 2.
  • Measuring stress (1 day) — Content standard: 1.3.
  • Coping with stress (2 days) — Content standard: 1.4.
Personality (2 weeks)

Standard Area: Personality
Domain: Individual variation

  • Psychodynamic theory/defense mechanisms (3 days) — Content standard: 1.1.
  • Trait theory (2 days) — Content standard: 1.2.
  • Social-cognitive theory (1 day) — Content standard: 1.4.
  • Humanistic theory (1 day) — Content standard: 1.3.
  • Personality testing (2 days) — Content standard: 2.1-2.2.
Disorders and Treatment (3 weeks)

Standard Area: Psychological disorders
Domain: Individual variations

  • Identifying illness/DSM (2 days) — Content standard: 1.1-1.5.
  • Anxiety disorders (2 days) — Content standard: 2.3.
  • Somatoform disorders (1 day) — Content standard: 2.3.
  • Mood disorders (1 day) — Content standard: 2.3.
  • Personality disorders (1 day) — Content standard: 2.3.
  • Dissociative disorders (1 day) — Content standard: 2.3.
  • Psychotic disorders (2 days) — Content standard: 2.3.

Standard Area: Treatment of psychological disorders
Domain: Applications for psychological science domain

  • Psychodynamic/psychoanalytic therapy (1 day) — Content standard: 1.2, 2.2.
  • Behavioral therapy (1 day) — Content standard: 1.2.
  • Humanistic theory (1 day) — Content Standard: 1.2.
  • Group therapy (1 day) — Content standard: 2.3, 2.4.
  • Cognitive therapy (1 day) — Content standard: 2.2.
  • Biological treatments (1 day) — Content standard: 2.1.
International baccalaureate, block schedule, full year (Sarabando)

Marissa Sarabando
Memorial High School
McAllen, Texas

Notations in bold italics refer to National Standards alignment.

My IB classes meet on an A/B alternating block schedule. I meet with students for 90 minutes either two or three times per week. Here is my syllabus for the students in the second year of psychology (Psychology HL):

First six weeks: Research methods

Week 1

Internal Assessment Details
Research Methods Review 1A-3
Surveys and Interviews 1A-3.3
Types, Strengths and Limitations
Creating, Conducting, Analyzing a Survey 1A-3.3

Week 2

Evaluating the Survey experience
Presenting results — graphing data IA-4.1
Naturalistic Observation IA-3.3
Types, Strengths and Limitations IA-3.3
Planning a group observation

Week 3

Discussion of Observation Project
Evaluation of the observation experience
Case Studies IA-3.3
Types, Strengths and Limitations IA-3.3
Correlations and non-experimental research IA-4.3
Quasi-experiments IA-3.1

Week 4

The Experiment revisited IA-3.1
Exam: Research Methods

Week 5

Internal Assessment Topics chosen
Components of Internal Assessment
Introduction and Consent Forms IA-5
Psychological Perspective Refresher IA-1.1
Research and methodology by perspectives IA-1.1

Week 6

Internal Assessment Group Planning
Methods Section Review
Finalizing experiment procedure IA-3.1

Second six weeks: Humanistic perspective: Assumption #1

Week 1

Practice Experiment run throughs
Final preparations for experiment
Origins of the Humanistic Perspective IA-1.1
Carl Rogers and the Self IA-6

Week 2

Experiment Week
Abraham Maslow and Hierarchy of Needs IA-1.1, IA-6

Week 3

Frankl's Logotherapy IA-1.1, IA-6
Existentialism
Internal Assessment Data Collection -- group work
Review Results and Discussion sections

Week 4

Results sheet for complete debriefing
Exam: Humanism and Existentialism

Week 5

Humanism and Positive Psychology IA-1.1, IA-6
Origins of Positive Psychology
Positive Subjective Well-being
Happiness and Faith

Week 6

Optimism
Quiz on well-being, happiness, faith
Flow and microflow experiences

Third six weeks

Week 1

Hope and Health IA-6.4
Ingredients of Hope
Friendship VC-3.7
Function and features of friendship VC-3.7
Exam: Humanism

Week 2

Perspectives Revisited IA-1, IA-6
Origins, Assumptions, Philosophy, Methods, Researchers
Internal Assessment -- final consultation

Week 3

The Psychodynamic Perspective IIIB-2.1, 2.2
Psychoanalysis and Sigmund Freud IVB-1
Thanksgiving Holidays

Week 4

Freud and Personality IIIB-2.1, 2.2
Psychosexual Stages of Development IIIA-3.1
Defense Mechanisms

Week 5

Projective Tests IIB-3
Finding the Unconscious IVD-1.2
Evaluating Freud and Psychoanalysis
The Neo-Freudians: Adler, Jung, Horney, Erikson
Exam — Psychodynamic perspective

Week 6

Final Exams Week
Review for Final Exams

Fourth six weeks: Abnormal psychology — Option #2

Week 1

What is abnormal? VA-3.1
Classification Systems and criticisms VA-3.1
Early views on abnormal behavior
Culture Bound Syndromes
Sociocultural issues and mental illness VA-4.1
Etiology of Disorders — overview VA-1.4

Week 2

Anxiety Disorders VA-3.1
Generalized Anxiety, Panic Disorder, Phobic Disorder, PTSD, OCD VA-3.1
Etiology of Anxiety Disorders VA-1.4
Mood Disorders VA-3.1
Depression, Dysthymia, Seasonal Affective Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, Post-partum Depression VA-3.1 Etiology of Mood Disorders VA-1.4

Week 3

Schizophrenia VA-3.1
Types of Schizophrenia
Etiology of Schizophrenia VA-1.4

Week 4

Dissociative Disorders VA-3.1
Somatoform Disorders VA-3.1
Personality Disorders VA-3.1

Week 5

Exam on Abnormal Psychology
Planning for the Psychology Fair
Evaluation and preparation

Week 6

Treatment of Mental Illness VB-1
Early Treatment of the Mentally Ill
Treatment in other parts of the world VA-4.1

Fifth six weeks: Treatment of mental illness VB-1 (all)

Week 1

Biomedical Treatments
Psychopharmacology, psychosurgery, shock treatment
Evaluation of biomedical treatments

Week 2

Behavioral Treatments
Connection with conditioning and social learning
Evaluation of Behavioral treatments

Week 3

Preparations for the Psychology Fair
Psychology Fair debriefing and suggestions for next year

Week 4

Cognitive Treatments
Evaluation of Cognitive Treatments

Week 5

Humanistic Treatments
Client-centered therapy
Group and Family therapy
Evaluation of Humanistic Treatments

Week 6

Evaluation of Psychoanalytic Treatment
Therapy skits — overview
Group work and development

Sixth six weeks

Week 1 VB-1

Therapy Skits
What is the best type of therapy?
Evaluation of therapy
Treatment of Minority Groups
Levels of treatment
Use of folk remedies
Cultural Competency and treatment

Week 2

Exam — Treatment and Mental Illness
Review: The Biological Perspective

Week 3

Review: The Behavioral Perspective
Review: The Cognitive Perspective
Review: The Humanistic Perspective

Week 4

Review: The Psychodynamic Perspective
Review: Social Psychology

Week 5

IB Exams
Review for Exams in class

Week 6

Final Exams Week
Review for Final Exams

Regular psychology, block schedule, single semester (Aves)

Mrs. Chanda Aves
Ionia High School
Ionia, Michigan

All weeks are 5 days unless otherwise indicated
Textbook: Wade and Tavris Invitation to Psychology, 2nd Ed.
4X 4 Block, regular level psychology, 90 minutes each meeting day

Ionia High School, Ionia Michigan

Week 1 — August 25 (2 days)

Topic/Major Concepts covered:
Standard Area: 1A:1-6
Unit 1 — The Psychological Perspectives & Research

Benchmarks: Present a brief overview of psychology's subject matter, early history, and current theoretical approaches and explore the research methods and ethics that guide sociological research.

Week 2 — August 29 (4 days)

Topic/Major Concepts covered:
See Week 1

Week 3 — September 6 (4 days)

Topic/Major Concepts covered:
Standard Area: IIA: 1-7
Unit 2 — The Nervous System and Brain

Benchmarks: Outline the ways in which parts of the nervous system are organized into systems, as well as to differentiate the locations and functions of various brain parts. Emphasis will also be placed on related brain issues like sleeping, gender differences, and activity measurement techniques.

Week 4 — September 12

Topic/Major Concepts covered:
See Week 3

Week 5 — September 19

Topic/Major Concepts covered:
Standard Area: IIIA: 1-4
Unit Three — Human Development

Benchmarks: Outline the cognitive, physiological, moral, developments throughout the life span.

Week 6 — September 26

Topic/Major Concepts covered:
Standard Area: IIIB: 1-3
Unit Four — Theories of Personality

Benchmarks: Examine competing theories of personality development, with emphasis on their historical contexts and relation to one another.

Week 7 — October 3

Topic/Major Concepts covered:
See Week 6

Week 8 — October 10

Topic/Major Concepts covered:
Standard Area: IVB: 1-6
Unit Five — Memory

Benchmarks: Discuss the processes of memory and issues related to its faultiness.

Week 9 — October 17

Topic/Major Concepts covered:
See Week 8

Week 10 — October 24

Topic/Major Concepts covered:
Standard Area: IVA: 1-5
Unit Six — Learning through Conditioning

Benchmarks: Explore the theories of classical and operant conditioning, with emphasis on evaluating them for applicability to real life and human behavior.

Week 11 — October 31

Topic/Major Concepts covered:
See Week 10.

Week 12 — November 7
Topic/Major Concepts covered:
Standard Area VA 1-4
Unit Seven — Abnormal Psychology

Benchmarks: Examine several different categories of psychological disorders along with their causes, varieties, treatments, and related issues. Emphasis will also be placed on issues of overdiagnosis.

Week 13 — November 14

Topic/Major Concepts covered:
See Week 12.

Week 14 — November 21

Topic/Major Concepts covered:
See Week 12

Week 15 — November 28

Topic/Major Concepts covered:
Standard Area: VB: 1-3
Unit Eight — Approaches to Therapy

Benchmarks: Examine approaches to therapy, focusing on their relation to personality theories and methodology.

Week 16 — December 5

Topic/Major Concepts covered:
See Week 15

Week 17 — December 12

Topic/Major Concepts covered:
Standard Area IIC: 2,4,6, 7 and IID: 1-4
Unit Nine — Emotions, Stress, and the Body

Benchmarks: Explore the universality of emotion along with the culturally determined ways of expressing them, plus how they relate to psychological stress and accompanying physiological responses.

Week 18 — January 3

Topic/Major Concepts covered:
See Week 17

Week 19 — January 9

Topic/Major Concepts covered:
Standard Area: IVE: 1-4
Unit 10 — Intelligence

Benchmarks: Explore the definition of intelligence and examine the validity and implications of intelligence tests.

Week 20 — January 16 (Exams)