Year_Long_Projects

					Psychology
Year Long Project



                                        Dream Journal

Each day you will write a journal about your day and each night you will record your dreams. If
you do not remember your dreams, make sure to record the fact that you did not remember any
of your dreams. Your journal will be checked monthly along with other items listed below. If
you do not remember your dreams, you should try to use the techniques discussed in class that
might help you to start remembering dreams. If this doesn’t work, you should choose from one
of the other project options.

   I.      Write daily – describe your day. Use an appropriate amount of detail. Remember,
           we are trying to find the correlations between your waking life and your sleeping life.
           Write down things about your conversations with people, movies or shows that you
           watched, feelings you had or reactions to conversations, and even things that you ate
           during the day.

   II.     Each morning, write down your dreams. Use as much detail as you can remember.
           Include colors, numbers, feelings, perspective, and people.

   III.    Conduct research on sleep patterns and dream cycles. Write a paper, or create a
           project to demonstrate this research.

   IV.     Personal dream symbol book. All symbols that are common in your dreams should
           be included

   V.      Reflection section – what did you learn? Was this helpful? Did you dream more
           often? Did you get answers to questions, resolve problems?



Grade

This assignment is worth 500 points. This is a significant part of your grade. Please take this
assignment seriously. You will have ongoing points recorded below at the end of each month.
Keep this paper in your binder and do not lose it.
November

_________ Daily log
_________ Nightly Dreams
_________ Begin to keep track of symbols that appear in your dreams the most


December
_________ Daily log
_________ Nightly Dreams
_________ Symbol book to start taking shape

January

_________ Daily log
_________ Nightly Dreams
_________ Symbol book continuing
_________ Begin sleep pattern research

February

_________ Daily log
_________ Nightly Dreams
_________ Symbol book continuing
_________ Sleep pattern research complete

March

_________ Daily log
_________ Nightly Dreams
_________ Symbol book continuing
_________ Begin Reflection section


April

_________ Daily log
_________ Nightly Dreams
_________ Symbol book complete
_________ Sleep pattern research project complete
_________ Reflection section complete
Psychology
Year Long Project



                                   Death and Dying Project

Each week you will complete 3 letters in addition to other monthly activities. Letters and other
work will be checked monthly.

   I.      Introduction – this will include the name of your disease (disease will be assigned by
           the teacher) and a brief description (1-2 pages)

   II.     Conduct research on death and dying: The stages that people go through when they
           find out they have a terminal disease. The stages people go through who are close to
           the sick person. Write a paper, or create a project to demonstrate this research.

   III.    Letters: You will pick 3 people to write to throughout the stages of your disease.
           You will write one letter every other week to 3 people that you choose. This means
           you will have 6 letters each month. You can share these letters, but this is not
           required. If you don’t want me to read the letters, just write DON’T READ on the
           top and I will honor your privacy.

   IV.     Reflection section – this is a diary section. Any thoughts, feelings, changes of heart
           that you experience should go here.

   V.      Anything you want to do to enrich your experience: Visit with a hospice caregiver, or
           someone with experience in this area, books on the subject, movies, etc.




Grade

This assignment is worth 500 points. This is a significant part of your grade. Please take this
assignment seriously. You will have ongoing points recorded below. Keep this paper in your
binder and do not lose it.
November

_________ Disease research
_________ List of people involved, description of who they are, why you chose them
_________ 2 weeks worth of letters (6)


December

_________ Stages of death and dying for the ill person
_________ 2 weeks worth of letters (6)


January

_________ Stages of death and dying for the people close to the ill person
_________ Reflection section started
_________ 2 weeks worth of letters (6)


February

_________ Reflection section continuing
_________ 2 weeks worth of letters (6)
_________ Set up interview & create questions, or explore books and films, etc. for enrichment
         experience. Anything you want to do to enrich your experience: Visit with a hospice
         caregiver, or someone with experience in this area, books on the subject, movies, etc.


March

_________ Reflection section continuing
_________ 2 weeks worth of letters (6)
_________ Complete interview, or read book, view film, etc. for enrichment
         experience. Anything you want to do to enrich your experience: Visit with a hospice
         caregiver, or someone with experience in this area, books on the subject, movies, etc.


April

_________ Reflection section complete
_________ 1 goodbye letter to each person
_________ 2 weeks worth of letters (6)
_________ Complete enrichment activity project. Anything you want to do to enrich your
          experience: Visit with a hospice caregiver, or someone with experience in this area,
          books on the subject, movies, etc.
Psychology
Year Long Project



                                   Positive Psychology Project


A plan for personal growth can now reasonably include setting goals for greater happiness. The
researchers of positive psychology provide tools everyone can use.

Research and studies have revealed that intentional activities contribute forty-percent of a
person's overall happiness. A person's greatest opportunity for fighting depression and cheering
up when feeling sad is to intentionally select activities which bring long-lasting pleasure.

The secrets of happiness have been discovered in recent studies conducted by positive
psychology researchers. Their findings have led to the development and validation of
interventions everyone can use to include finding happiness in their personal growth plans.

   I.      Write daily – Strategies for finding greater happiness includes several specific
           interventions one can include regularly in daily activities or initiate when feeling sad.
           The Strategy of Counting Your Blessings reinforces excellent advice perhaps heard
           from a mother or grandmother to "count your blessings."

    Three Good Things: Before retiring for the night, mentally recollect and enter in a journal
     three good things that happened that day. These need not be extraordinary events, simply
     positive results of the day's activities. Examples might include receiving a hug or warm
     smile from a child or spouse, reading or hearing something inspiring, completing a
     satisfying task, or getting a kind word from someone.

                 Or

    What Went Right Today: At the end of your work-day or before retiring at night, reflect
     on what went right that day and what you learned.

   II.     The Gratitude Letter: Write a letter of gratitude to 1 person each month that has made
           an impact on your life. Be specific, describing what the person said or did and how
           that impacted your life. If at all possible deliver the letter and remain while it is read,
           reinforcing your gratitude.

   III.    The Optimism Journal: Once each month, imagine the brightest possible future for
           yourself that you can visualize and describe it in your journal. Describe in great detail
           what happens in that future and how you feel. Imagine a future-you being the very
           best you can be, demonstrating your best qualities and abilities and what you achieve.
   IV.     Cultivate a Positive Attitude: When faced with a situation or event which seems to
           have a negative impact, practice expanding your thinking about the event. The
           Strategy of Cultivating Optimism helps to overcome a person's bias toward
           negativity. Refrain from dwelling on things that didn't go well, instead treating those
           events as learning opportunities. Each month, select one experience that you
           perceived as negative, but might not be negative if you thought about it in a different
           light.

           1.   Evaluate the evidence for any pessimistic thoughts.
           2.   Think of alternative explanations for the evidence.
           3.   Put the thought in perspective (with respect to life and loved ones).
           4.   Consider the event and your negative perception of it, then consciously explore
                other scenarios around the known facts that might account for the scenario.

   V.      Complete enrichment activity project. Anything you want to do to enrich your
           understanding of positive psychology and findings in this area: Internet research,
           books on the subject, etc.
              (Examples used in this assignment are from a book by positive psychology
              researcher Sonja Lyubomirsky. She identifies twelve validated strategies for
              becoming happier in her book, The How of Happiness: A Scientific Approach to
              Getting the Life You Want (Penguin Press, 2008) and Christopher Peterson A
              Primer in Positive Psychology, (Oxford Press, 2006))

   VI.     Reflection section – what did you learn? Was this helpful? Did you focus on things
           that were positive more often, and did this affect your attitude? Were you able to
           overcome bias toward negativity?




Grade

This assignment is worth 500 points. This is a significant part of your grade. Please take this
assignment seriously. You will have ongoing points recorded below. Keep this paper in your
binder and do not lose it.


November

_________ Daily log Three Good Things or What Went Right Today
_________ The Gratitude Letter
_________ The Optimism Journal
_________ Cultivate a Positive Attitude
December
_________ Daily log Three Good Things or What Went Right Today
_________ The Gratitude Letter
_________ Cultivate a Positive Attitude
_________ explore ideas for enrichment activity project. Anything you want to do to enrich your
         understanding of positive psychology and findings in this area: Internet research,
         books on the subject, etc.

January
_________ Daily log Three Good Things or What Went Right Today
_________ The Gratitude Letter
_________ The Optimism Journal
_________ Cultivate a Positive Attitude
_________ begin work on enrichment activity project. Anything you want to do to enrich your
         understanding of positive psychology and findings in this area: Internet research,
         books on the subject, etc.

February
_________ Daily log
_________ The Gratitude Letter
_________ The Optimism Journal
_________ Cultivate a Positive Attitude
_________ Continue work on enrichment activity project. Anything you want to do to enrich
         your understanding of positive psychology and findings in this area: Internet
         research, books on the subject, etc.
_________ Begin Reflection section

March
_________ Daily log Three Good Things or What Went Right Today
_________ The Gratitude Letter
_________ The Optimism Journal
_________ Cultivate a Positive Attitude
_________ Continue Reflection section


April
_________ Daily log Three Good Things or What Went Right Today
_________ The Gratitude Letter
_________ The Optimism Journal
_________ Cultivate a Positive Attitude
_________ enrichment activity project complete
_________ Reflection section complete

				
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