TED Talk – The Marshmallow Test
Today we watched videos about the famous Marshmallow Test which is a test of delayed vs. immediate gratification. This was a longitudinal psychology examination comparing early delayed gratification and later success in life. Students are to write a response to these videos by choosing a format to write in, completing a graphic organizer of all their ideas and then writing a paragraph format response based on the graphic organizer they have chosen.
Graphic organizers to consider using:
Comparative: Use this graphic organizer if you are comparing two items such as the kids who ate the marshmallow vs the kids who don’t
venn (comparative graphic organizer link)
Persuasive: Use this organizer if you are sharing a personal opinion about the topic and trying to convince your reader to think as you do about the topic. For example if you are…
- arguing that this experiment is great and measures future success
- if you disagree and think this experiment is wrong
- if you think that all people should take the experiment
- if you want to share what you think you would have done if you were part of the experiment and why
- …and many more
persuasion – persuasive writing mind map
Timeline/Cause and Effect: Use this organizer if you are writing about how one thing affects the next thing in a timeline showing how one event causes the next. Choose this one if you are writing about…
- how the children’s actions may have affected their behaviour in future events resulting in successes or failures
- how scientists might use these types of studies to come up with their theories
- …and many more.