Dear AP Psychology Student,

Your summer assignment for AP Psychology is to read up on 5 of the more important perspectives of Psychology; Behavioral, Psychoanalytic, Humanistic, Cognitive and Developmental.

A Psychological perspective is a different way to look at human feelings, actions and thoughts. Each perspective may have an entirely different explanation for the same situation. To help guide you in this task it would help for you to associate certain famous psychologists with each of these perspectives. Here they are.

Once you grasp the scope of the perspectives you will be able to understand the next step. Think up ONE SITUATION from your life. Examples could be anything; they just need to be specific. Look at the table below, and note how the good example is just like the corresponding bad example, only waaaaaay more specific.

GOOD Examples that are specific enough
BAD examples that are TOO GENERAL
  • That one time that I had to wait on the really mean lady at my summer job

  • The moment we won the county championship

  • When I failed the parallel parking part of the driver’s test
  • Working as a waitress

  • Playing baseball

  • Driving a car

Don't keep reading unless you've got a real good specific situation. Oh, you've got one? Ok, good. Let's continue.

Type the summary of the situation along with an analysis from each perspective into a word doc. Anything handwritten will raise eyebrows. It will also raise suspicions. It might also raise our ire. You never know. It also won't get graded. You've got all summer, so the email with your sob story about how the computer clunked out won't make our ire raising any less probable. College readiness, people!

The first few sentences of your assignment is dedicated to describing your example situation to us. Don't go overboard. Your description of the situation should be much smaller than the rest of your activity.

In the main body of your paper, think of how the feelings you had, actions you did and thoughts in your head from that situation could be explained from each of the perspectives. To do this, explain how each of those famous psychologists would interpret the situation that you wrote about from your life. Using at least one key term from each perspective is the difference between an "excellent paper" and a "meh" paper.

Checklist You Should Follow So We Can Be Cool On The First Day Of Class, Ok? Cool.

external image check-box-2.gifI thoroughly read about each perspective and each of the people from each of the links above. I've read everything that I think I should've read, considering there's fifteen links above that Mr. Wray and Mrs. Woods thought were important enough to link to this document.

external image check-box-2.gifI thought out a specific event from my own life.

external image check-box-2.gif I began my assignment by putting a name and title on it.

external image check-box-2.gifI described that event in a few sentences to start off my paper. This is not a Hemmingway-esque short story about said life event, because ain't nobody got time to read all that.

external image check-box-2.gif I explained my feelings, thoughts, and/or actions from each of the five perspectives, as they apply.

external image check-box-2.gif When explaining each perspective, I used at least one term associated with that perspective. This shouldn't be a problem, you know, because of the links we gave you.

external image check-box-2.gif When explaining each perspective, I used at least one psychologist associated with that perspective. This shouldn't be a problem, you know, because of the links we gave you.

external image check-box-2.gif When explaining each perspective, I used a bold font when I used a terms or psychologists that I read about and want my teachers to know that I read about them, making me seem like I know what I'm talking about. Bold = Meta.

external image check-box-2.gif Each perspective should take up a paragraph. When you're done with one perspective, move to another paragraph. So, in all, you should have 6-7 paragraphs (your story, 5 perspectives, maybe a little concluding ditty, and that's it). If you have 13 paragraphs, you're making our lives difficult. We're both getting old enough where massive strokes and heart attacks are on the table. Do you want to be responsible for that!?!

external image check-box-2.gifI used a regular 12-point font. I'm fully aware that typed assignments with ridiculous huge fonts like comic sans and courier new will be seen as a joke and won’t get credit; I mean those are joke fonts right? Feel free to make your situation about a joke, but your completed assignment should not be a joke. Stick with using good fonts like Calibri, Times New Roman, Georgia, Tahoma or the most intelligent looking font… Garamond.

external image check-box-2.gif My paper is no longer than 3 pages. We’re thinking that the average number of pages will be somewhere around 2, with a standard deviation of about 0.45 pages. You’ll find that it will take a few pages to cover all the individual perspectives, but not too long. Anything written after 3 pages won't be read, or, consequently, scored. Find solace in brevity.

external image check-box-2.gif My paper is printed but also is saved digitally somewhere that it can be accessed while at school... for example google drive, or your email.

external image check-box-2.gif My printed paper is now in a folder or bookbag of some sort, so the dog, cat, catdog, pig, or chubacabra cannot eat it.

external image check-box-2.gifMy non-chubacabra eaten paper is ready to hand in on the first day of psychology. Bring the completed summer assignment, some curiosity, knowledge of perspectives, a bit of fascination and some work ethic to class on day one and we’ll be cool. Alright? Well, allllllllllright.

Mr. Wray & Mrs. Woods
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AP Psychology Team, Chubacabra Enthusiasts