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Assignment #5: Families and Mental Health film Analysis & Reflection

It is imperative that the directions provided below are followed for completing the assignment and that it is submitted by the designated due date.  

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The reflection papers should be approximately 2-3 pages in length (12 point font, double spaced, proofread, and uploaded in a word document, and MUST incorporate APA in-text citations and a reference list). 

 The movie reflection essay MUST include the following five parts found below:

  1. Two-three sentence (no more than one paragraph) summary of the movie or criticism of arguments found in the film.
  2. One family theory and how it relates to the student’s understanding of family portrayed in the film. Explain, using examples from the film. 
  3. At least two citations based on the articles found in corresponding module. Analyze and connect key information found on the ppt. slides to the film. In other words, I want to see students connecting the readings. I must know that the students have read the articles and have thoughtfully reviewed the ppt. lecture and have integrated information from both into this assignment. 
  4. Personal reflection of issues touched on by the movie. How did you relate to the film, personally? Did you connect other courses' material to this film?
  5. Concluding paragraph that summarizes the key points.
  6. Reference list (APA format).

Topic: Mental Health (select 1 of the following films):

Silver Linings Playbook (2012) After a stint in a mental institution, former teacher Pat Solitano moves back in with his parents and tries to reconcile with his ex-wife. Things get more challenging when Pat meets Tiffany, a mysterious girl with problems of her own.

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Leave no trace (2018) Father and daughter live in the woods, isolated from civilization.

OR

What's eating Gilbert Grape? (1993) After his father's death, Gilbert has to care for his mentally-disabled brother, Arnie, and his morbidly obese mother.

OR

Take Shelter (2010) Plagued by a series of apocalyptic visions, a young husband and father questions whether to shelter his family from a coming disaster.

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Running with Scissors (2006) Running with Scissors is a thought-provoking film about young lives challenged by the mental illness of adults around them. Professor note: choose this one if you want a challenge yourself ;-)

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