Hi guys,

I will be away today, visiting the Edo museum with the grade 10s. Here is the work to be done:

  • 9A you have 2 periods to do part 1 and 2
  • 9C you have one period to do part 1

Part 1: Altruism Question

  • Create groups with at least one person from each presentation groups from the last lesson. (the reading)
  • Using the reading on social responsibility, prosocial behaviour and altruism discuss answer the following questions. Do not assign one question per person. You need to discuss the answers and come up with a commonly agreed answer. 
  • Write your answers on a Google doc and hyperlink it here.
  1. What factors influence whether a person acts or does not act to help when they see someone in need?
  2. Are there cultures that are more helpful than other cultures? Can you explain why?
  3. What are some of the motivations to help?
  4. What is the difference between altruism and prosocial behaviour?
  5. Describe a situation in which one of you helped others, and analyse the reason/motivation for why you did it? Are there other reasons why someone might exhibit the same behaviour?
  6. Watch the PBS video on children being naturally altruistic and explain
    1. The conclusion of the study
    2. the strengths and limitations of the study

Part 2: Create your own experiment

  • In the same groups, brainstorm 2 experiments you could do to answer a question about altruism. 
  • hyperlink it here.


  1. Create a research question. What will you try to prove/disprove? (be creative)
  2. Create one experiment with informed consent (where the person you are studying know they are doing a study)
  3. Create one experiment without informed consent (where you study people without them knowing they are being observed)
    • Have step by step descriptions of your experiments
    • Explain what kind of observations you would record. (quantitative vs qualitative)
    • What kind of conclusion could you draw from your study? How would you know it is reliable?