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Mood Disorders Public Awareness Posters
This assignment, created for an Introduction to Psychology course, challenges students to conduct research on mood disorders taught in class, compile and organize research, drag and drop text and images in the poster creation websites, and create a works cited page. These are all important skills that junior and senior level high school students need to have mastered in order to be successful on both state and high stakes tests.

I can:
  • Conduct and organize research on different mood disorders

  • Manipulate different elements of design on Glogster or Piktochart to create an eye catching and accurate public awareness poster

  • Create an accurate works cited page

Tech Skills:
  • Text Editing

  • Keyboarding and Mouse Skills

Materials and Resources:

Student laptop or device

Mood Disorders assignment

Glogster or Piktochart account



Grade Level:
  • 11th & 12th Grade
Subject Area:
  • Introduction to Psychology

Activity 1:

  • This lesson is designed to be a follow up activity to an in-class lecture about different types of disorders in psychology.

    Students should be familiar with both clinical depression and bipolar disorder prior to beginning this activity.

  • Class should begin with a brief review of the two main types of mood disorders.

    This should be used as an informal check of student understanding.

  • After reviewing the two types of mood disorders, the instructor should review the purpose of an informational poster.

    I share student examples at this point in the lesson, however, you can show generic examples as well.

  • Next, have students open the Mood Disorders handout, and review the necessary information they will be researching including: basic information, symptoms, causes, treatments, and any additional information they find interesting/wish to include .

    Instruct students that this handout will be used to organize their research prior to creating their posters.

    Students are also expected to create a works cited page for their research document and posters, correctly crediting where information was located.

  • As students conduct their research, guidance to credible sources may be necessary.

    Several websites are provided in the additional resources section.



Activity 2:

  • Once students have completed their research, they will choose what website or design tool they would like to use for this assignment.

    Glogster, Piktochart, and Canva are all great tools for this assignment.

  • As students begin working on their public awareness posters, the teacher should be circulating the ensure that students are including the necessary information in a visually appealing way.



Practice Activities:

  • Students can present their posters in a think-pair-share style format following the completion of this assignment.

  • This would give the students the opportunity to hear different resources and interesting information from their classmates


APA High School Psychology Standards:

Content Standard 2: Categories of treatment and types of treatment providers

  1. 2.1 Identify biomedical treatments.
  2. 2.2 Identify psychological treatments.
  3. 2.3 Describe appropriate treatments for different age groups.

ONLS Technology Standards

  1. Use advanced search and filtering techniques to locate needed information using digital learning tools and resources.
  2. Synthesize textual, visual, and quantitative research and data (images, diagrams, maps, graphs, infographics, videos, animations, interactives, etc.) from a variety of digital learning tools and resources.
  3. Create artifacts using digital learning tools and resources to demonstrate knowledge
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