Psychology Final Project
Project Option: Tri-Board Presentation (up to 2 students)
"What are you interested in exploring further in psychology? Why is this topic important?”
This project is for those of you who want to look into one aspect or topic of psychology further than we have in class, or another topic that we may not have even gotten to. The theme of your poster and presentation is, “Why is this topic important?” You will research a topic and present your information on a Tri-Board poster board with a brief verbal presentation to the class.
Psychology Course/Purpose: Psychology is defined as the scientific study of behavior and mental processes. In a high school psychology course, students are introduced to the scientific method and the core ideas and theories of psychology. As a result, students gain an understanding of the complexities and diversity of human thought and behavior.
- Deeper content knowledge of Psychology
- Presentation of material
Assessment for the 4th Quarter: 25 points
Criteria for Success:
- Decide upon which topic of psychology you’re interested in pursuing. Research your chosen topic and focus upon, “why is this topic important?”
- Create a Tri-Board that includes content information AND visuals. See below for requirements. [15 points]
- Present your topic and Tri-Board to the class. See below for requirements. [8 points]
- Complete the Self-Assessment. [2 points]
Tri-Board Requirements: Your Tri-Board (one for the group, if applicable) should include the following information written on the Tri-Board. [15 points]
**The theme of your poster is, “Why is this topic important?” As you consider what elements to place on your poster and what you will talk about, you should consider the research about this topic, who are the major people associated with this topic, and what questions about human behavior or mental processes this topic addresses or answers.
___1. Explain why you chose to pursue this topic and/or why it is important to psychology.
___2. Include any background information and vocabulary necessary for the audience to understand this topic.
___3. Address the major people associated with your topic, including: (1) researchers or research organizations associated with your topic. Explain why they are important and what their research findings are, (2) One example of a case study or person affected by this topic.
___4. Identify which field/approach(s) of psychology that this topic falls under, and explain how or why each field/approach is related to this topic.
___5. Visuals: Choose which visuals best illustrate your topic and how to convey why it is important.
___6. Make the poster visually appealing (neat, correct spelling and punctuation, well-organized).
___7. Include In-Text Citations and a Reference List (APA format) on the back Tri-Board. **The Reference List should be attached to the back of the Tri-Board, but the In-Text Citations will be within your text on the front of the board.
Present Your Tri-Board to the Class: [8 points]
**Each group member must participate in the presentation. **Any members of the group that do not participate in the presentation will not have an opportunity to earn points for this portion of their assessment, except excused by a doctor’s note. Field trips are not a doctor’s note. **Any late presentations will be reduced by 20%.
___1. Your presentation of your Tri-Board should:
- Be about 4-6 minutes in length and focus on the content of the Tri-Board that you wrote on the board.
- Include an ability to answer questions about your topic
- Include what the topic is, including any important vocabulary
- Include why this topic is important to you, personally, and to society
- The most S-I-T (Surprising-Interesting-Troubling) aspect of your research
Final Project Self-Assessment
Written Portions of the Project (Based off of LE 1 & LE 3)
2: Needs Improvement
Are my ideas, examples, and details clear, and do they capture the reader’s attention?
This piece is clear, focused, and holds the reader’s attention. Relevant examples and details enrich the central idea, and showcase the writer’s knowledge of the subject.
The writer has sufficiently defined the topic and supports it with details or examples. The reader has a good understanding of the writer’s intent.
The writer has defined the topic in a way that shows inconsistencies. Some arguments are weak, illogical, or unconvincing.
The piece lacks a sense of clear purpose or central theme. To extract meaning from the text, the reader must make inferences based on sketchy or missing details.
Makes inferences, identifies patterns, and draws conclusions
Makes perceptive inferences, identifies complex patterns, and draws insightful conclusions.
Makes appropriate inferences, identifies patterns, and draws reasonable conclusions.
Makes few appropriate inferences, identifies only basic patterns, and/or draws weak conclusions.
Makes few or no inferences, can not identify patterns or draw conclusions.
Presentation (Based off of LE 2: Communicate and Listen Effectively)
Effectively delivers a presentation
Uses effective skills to hold audience attention. Speaks with fluidity, clarity, and emphasis, using appropriate volume, pronunciation, enunciation, inflection and tone
Articulates Research topic well.
Uses skills to hold audience attention. Speaks with clarity, using appropriate volume, pronunciation, enunciation, inflection, and tone.
Articulates Research topic appropriately.
Limited use of skills to hold audience attention. Volume, pronunciation, enunciation, inflection, and tone vary in quality.
Articulates Research topic ineffectively
Little use of skills to hold audience attention. Volume, pronunciation, enunciation, inflection, and tone are flat and or ineffective in getting listener’s attention. Does not articulate Research topic
Effectively demonstrates content of presentation
Demonstrates full knowledge of topic and answers all questions with developed explanations; information is presented in an effective and coherent manner.
Demonstrates knowledge of topic and responds to questions; information is presented in a coherent manner.
Demonstrates limited knowledge of topic; presentation of information needs better organization.
Demonstrates insufficient knowledge of topic; presentation of information lacks organization.
If I could give MYSELF a final grade for this project, it would be_____(number 1-25) because…(Remember, I should take into consideration the research, meeting deadlines, our presentation, and completion of the Self-Assessment)
Final Project: Tri-Board Option
Criteria for Success
a. Why pursue/Importance to Psych.?
b. Background Information/Vocab
c. Important People to this Topic & Why
d. Field/Approach & How Topic is Related
e. Use of Visuals
f. Appearance, Formatting, & Accessibility of Info
g. In-Text Citations &Reference List (APA Style)
a. What it is (main ideas/vocab/timing)
b. Importance (personally & to society)
c. Surprising-Interesting-Troubling Information
/2 Self Assessment