Sunday, September 25, 2011

Internet Search and Discover Activities

One of my favorite things to do is share new ideas and perspectives with my students--especially ones that I do not necessarily have time to do within the formal curriculum.  Since I teach on a 100-minute alternating block schedule, I have created a couple of activities that have the students go to web sites that deal with aspects of a unit, read through the sites, and answer questions.  As much as anything, it exposes them to new resources that I've already checked for accuracy and appropriateness (front-loading).  I also ask questions that have them consider issues that I have some personal interest in.  Perhaps, at some point, they will continue asking questions themselves about obvious things within the context of their own lives.

Here is my first one for this fall for Social Psychology.  If you'd like a .docx version of this document, email me at psydways AT  I've also made one for the brain and biology unit later in the term.

Psychology: Web Exploration          Name                                                                          Per     
Social Psychology Edition rev. F2011
Be sure to read the instructions on each one to make sure you are doing the proper action.
Read the page and list ten things people can do to reduce their prejudicial behavior (I know there are more than 10).
#2    List two facts each about:

Body Image:


Eating Disorders:

Children and the Media:

Appearance Messages:

Socioeconomic Status, Ethnicity, and the Thin Ideal:

Choose a brand from repeat offenders______________________. What messages do this company’s ads send?

Choose a media literacy category.__________________________
What messages do ads from this category send?

Examine these ten ads.  Why are these ten ads seen as being better ads in terms of their portrayal of women?

Describe where the term “ghetto” comes from.  Can you really describe something as "ghetto" now?  Explain.

Take your native IQ.  This is a test about your knowledge related to Native Americans and their history.  How did you do?  Explain why you did as well or as poorly as you did.

#9  So you are curious about brainwashing?  Check out this site:
Find terms and ideas we’ve studied so far to find out what you can discover about brainwashing.  Write down at least 5 things.






#10  This site is a blog about relationships written by an author in the UK.  Choose one of the sub-articles and write down four observations/conclusions the research found about your topic. 
Title of sub-article here:




Write a five sentence (one paragraph) summary of the findings.

#12  Can we avoid segregation?
Go to this site, read each short page and do the exercise.  Describe the Schelling Effect and the Anti-Schelling Effect.

Schelling Effect

Anti-Schelling Effect

What you learned as a result of doing this exercise:

Describe what Nazi racism was about.

Read the article and list three key questions this raises in your mind.




Take two of the demonstration quizzes on this page.  Which two did you take?  How did you do?  What surprised you? Explain.

Quiz 1 Result:

Quiz 2 Result:

Explain why you think you scored this way.  How did it surprise you?

posted by Chuck Schallhorn

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