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Each student writes a short response to each videotaped program, discussion, field trip, volunteer work or other observation made or activity performed. Specify the grade value of submitting quality responses on time. To make grading efficient, give each student a one page form for the response. The for gives instructions and asks questions that require different types of thinking and writing skills. Here are some alternative strategies to prompt different types of thinking and writing:  Give the students the form before the activity begins; Give the students the form after the activity ends; Allow students to write notes during the activity; Allow students time to write immediately after the activity ends; Allow students to write as homework. Tabulate or summarize student responses and share them or discuss them with the class.

Sample writing response forms.
    First class
    Videotape programs
    Field trip to community senior day at local shopping mall
    Class visit or individuals visit (e.g., seniors at day care center, nursing home, chronic care hospital)
    Panel discussion in class with healthy active community-dwelling seniors




Reaction Writing                                                         Name________________________________
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1. Answer the following on the top half of the back of this sheet.

 a. In terms of your physical biological self, describe what you think you will be like when you are 65 years old.

 b. In terms of your physical biological self, describe what you think you will be like when you are 85 years old.

Responses to video entitled  "AGING "  (Films for the Humanities & Sciences - FFH 845 - 26 minutes)

2. State two concepts or facts you learned from the program.

 a.
 
 
 
 
 

 b.
 
 
 
 
 

3. State two generalities or basic themes presented in the program.

 a.
 
 
 
 
 

 b.
 
 
 
 
 
 

4. Was viewing this video Aging worthwhile?
 

5. Answer the following on the bottom half of the back of this sheet.

 a. Having seen the video Aging, in what ways has your expectations about yourself at age 65 changed?

 b. Having seen the video Aging, in what ways has your expectations about yourself at age 85 changed?




Reaction Writing                                                         Name________________________________
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"The Mind"  (PBS Video WNET, New York - Episode 3: "The Mind: Aging" - 60 minutes)

1. State two specific concepts or facts you learned from the program.

 a.
 
 

 b.
 
 

2. Write two sentences that summarize sections of the video or that state basic themes presented in the program.

 a.
 
 

 b.
 
 

3. Was this video worth seeing? Why or why not ?
 
 
 

4. Try to apply what you saw in this video. Describe three actions you could actually take in the near future (within one year) that would be beneficial to someone or to some group of people? (This is not a promise to actually do what you write.)

  a.
 
 

  b.
 
 

  c.
 
 

 5. What would you like your attitude to an elderly person with dementia, such as Alzheimer's disease, to be?




Reaction Writing                                                                 Name________________________________
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Field trip to Senior Expo at the Centre at Salisbury

1. State two NEW concepts or facts you learned at the Expo.

 a.
 
 
 
 

 b.
 
 
 
 

2. State three specific ways that you could use the information presented at the Expo in your personal life. What could you actually do, do differently, or avoid doing in the future?

 a.
 

 b.
 

 c.
 

3. State four specific ways that you could use the information presented at the Expo if you were working with or caring for elders. What could you actually do, do differently, or avoid doing in the future?

 a.
 

 b.
 

 c.
 

 d.
 

4. Was going on the trip to the Expo worthwhile?

 a. Why or why not?
 

 b. What could make it better?





Reaction Writing                             Name _________________________________
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Senior Center Trip

 1. What reactions did you have during the visit to the Senior Center?
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 2. What did you learn from this experience?
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 3. Describe two ways in which you could actually apply what you learned from this experience to a real life situation.

  a.
 
 
 
 
 

  b.
 
 
 
 
 

 4. Was this trip worthwhile? Why or why not?




Reaction Writing                                         Name _________________________________
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1. What reactions did you have during the panel discussion with members from the IRP?
 
 
 
 

2. What did you learn from this experience?
 
 
 
 

3. Describe two ways in which you could actually apply what you learned from this experience to a real life situation.

  a.
 

  b.
 

4. Compare and contrast the seniors in the panel discussion with those you visited at the senior day care center by stating two similarities and two differences.

 a. Similarity 1
 

    Similarity 2
 

    Difference 1
 

    Difference 2
 

5. Was this experience worthwhile? Why or why not?



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