Movie and Book Lists
In this course you will be making a critique of a number of books or movies about youngsters and their life stories. One of the most important goals of this course, at least for me, is to give form and substance to the youth you will be teaching. I do not want you to take this course to learn to label better. I hope this course will inspire you to teach better, love more freely and accept the human condition and what it means to have a dedication to children and the community at large.
There are three sections to this site:
All the critique forms are available here
Addresses are located here to help you locate film lists
A list of movies that are personal favorites is provided to get you started on finding your own award winners..
Option 1: Checklist for Characterization
1. Using the table above as a guide, write out a list of characteristics. For instance, if you choose to watch Rain Man, you are examining autism. So, first list the general characteristics of a youngster diagnosed with autism.
2. Next make a list of the characteristics of the main character who portrays the service category in the movie. For instance, if you choose to watch Rain Man, you are examining how Raymond portrays autism.
3. Write a one minute comparison of the differences between the list of characteristics that are generally recognized as part of the things a person might do who needs services and the way the character portrayed the special needs. If you choose to watch Rain Man, you are examining the classic or general characteristics of autism and the way Raymond portrayed them.
Option Two: Social, Cultural, and Economic Honesty
1. Write a brief essay on the social, cultural and economic honesty of the book or movie. Use the following instructions to guide your writing.
Example: In My Left Foot, the era and culture had a great bearing on how the Brown family was expected to cope with a youngster with cerebral palsy. This varies greatly from the reception of Steven Hawkings, born nearly a century later. These represent both cultural and social issues.
Example: In the Helen Keller story, the family is well to do and can afford to hire someone to care for Helen. How would the story be different if the family had a marginal income?
Option 3: Historic Perspective
Option 5: Philosophy
Option 6: Sensitivity Rating
Off and on through the centuries, we have decided that parents are to blame for children with disabilities. For some reasons we love to play "Wheel of misfortune." In the past we blamed parents by saying that they sinned, so the children showed the evil in the parents. Once in a while we blame society. "It's the electricity outside the house." "It's in the drinking water." But mostly, we bust the chops of the family. I remember reading a story about an autistic child and the parents were told that they caused the problem by having a bare bulb over the child's crib.
Addresses for Movie and Book Lists
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