Unit planning: Cognitive

This section of the site has two purposes.  First, it is here that you will find curriculum related material - particularly, the unit planners and advice on how to address the ATL planners on Managebac if your school is using that program.

Secondly, this section replaces "teacher notes."  For the different components of the curriculum, you will find lesson plans with links to activities on the site that you may find helpful for students to develop an understanding of key concepts as well as critical thinking skills.

Unit plan: Cognitive approach

Below you will find a unit planner for the cognitive approach. The "approach" is divided into two units. Memory is the first unit. This will be taught first and then the biological approach to memory...

LP 1: Intro to memory

This lesson plan is an introduction to the cognitive approach and our first cognitive process to be studied - memory. The following ppt presentation is used to start the lesson. This is an 80-minute...

LP 2: The Multi Store Model

The following lesson introduces the Multi-Store Model of memory. In addition to learning about the model, we explore what is meant by short-term (working) memory and begin a discussion of how cognitive...

LP 3: The working memory model

The following lesson introduces the Working Memory Model. In addition to learning about the model, we explore what is meant by multi-tasking. This lesson takes two to three 80-minute periods.For this...

LP 4: Schema theory

The following lesson introduces the Schema theory - its strengths and limitations. It is also a precursor to the lessons on reconstructive memory and the reliability of cognitive processes. This lesson...

LP 5: Reliability of memory

The goal of this lesson is to explore the reliability of one cognitive process - memory. As part of this, we will look at the reconstructive nature of memory and the research that supports the theory....

LP 6: Effect of emotion on memory

This lesson plan examines the role of emotion on memory. The theory that will be discussed is Flashbulb Memory.This part of the unit will introduce some of the biological concepts that will be discussed...

LP 7: Cultural factors on memory

This lesson plan is for the influence of culture on cognition. This is actually part of the sociocultural approach, but since it is best for students to have an understanding of memory before doing the...

LP 8: Cognition in a digital world (HL only)

This lesson plan is for the HL content area: Cognitive processing in a digital world. Students are required to examine three topics for this extension: The influence of digital technology on cognitive...

LP 1b: Studying thinking

The following lesson introduces the cognitive processes of "thinking" and "decision making." In addition, it will look at how psychologists study these processes, as well as the inherent limitations of...

LP 2b: The Dual Processing model

The following lesson plan looks at the Dual Processing Theory of thinking and decision making. There are several short activities used in this lesson which are all based on Daniel Kahneman's book "Thinking...

LP 3b: Cognitive biases

This final lesson on thinking and decision-making focuses on heuristics - or cognitive biases. The research that is used here can also be used to support the Dual Process Model of thinking and decision...

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