Mock Exam Date Change!

IB Psychology that meets in S-18: 

  • Day 1–assessing paper 2– of Final Exam/Mock is Wednesday, April 18 (a day 5)
  • Day 2--assessing paper 1– of Final Exam/Mock is Friday, April 20 (a day 7, the exam will go into lab block)

IB Psychology that meets in H-15 (small class):

  • Day 1–assessing paper 1 of Final Exam/Mock is Monday, April 16 (a day 3; exam will run into lab block)
  • Day 2–assessing paper 2 of Final Exam/Mock is Wednesday, April 18 (day 5)

Understanding the French Revolution via Allegory


An allegory is an extended analogy designed to articulate information. There have been many famous allegories throughout history such as George Orwell’s Animal Farm, a cautionary allegory about the rise of soviet style communism. The Greek philosopher Plato used an allegory to explain his meta-physics via his famous, allegory of the cave.

You are going to create an allegory of the French Revolution! This will galvanize your content knowledge as well has help with your causal and contextual understanding.

Download the Assignment here: Analogy Assignment

Download the assignment rubric here: French Revolution Allegory Assignment Rubric

The Rise of Napoleon


IT’s your lucky day because….SURPRISE! You have a BRAND NEW french revolution text! You can find it on our “French Revolution Understood” page right at the top directly underneath our other “choices” text!


After you’ve downloaded the text, download this learning helper which requires you to understand Napoleon’s rise to power as well as draw comparisons/contrasts to modern military dictator’s rise: rise_of_napoleon

Napoleon’s Reign Learning  Helper: Changes Under Napoleon

How do we help people become healthier? Evaluating health promotion models


Download the learning helper linked here: Understanding Effective Models of Health Promotion 

Utilize our class google doc (found on the health psych page) as well as this resource extracted from an Albert Bandura article: Bandura on Health belief model chart  to understand the following two learning outcomes:

  1. Examine models and theories of health promotion
  2. Discuss the effectiveness of health promotion strategies

Analyzing AA: Evaluating treatment programs


Read the incredibly interesting Atlantic article titled, “The Irrationality of Alcoholics Anonymous” linked here:

While reading, fill out the following chart: AA Analyzed with the the goal of addressing the learning outcome, “Examine prevention strategies and treatments for substance abuse and addictive behavior”

The new science of addiction


Check out the study below by Nora Volkow et al. (2011):

This research aligns with much of the work Volkow has been doing for much of the past 15 years. Her goal is to treat addicts. Like everything in treatment, treatment is most effective when underlying etiology is clear. Thus, Ms. Volkow is taking a reductionist approach to understand addiction at its most fundamental level.

After reading her research, we’ll watch her discuss her seismic findings: