Students must write a one-page essay, typed and single spaced, which briefly compares and contrasts the two families depicted in the film, Two American Families. In this essay students are also expected to identify the more salient challenges that each family is experiencing as well as their strengths and resources. Students must also identify and apply a family theory that best encapsulates the functioning of each family. Evidence from the film must also be provided to support the student’s rational for selecting the theory. Please follow the hyperlink provided below to access the film or copy and paste the link into your search engine. Alternatively, you can simply type “Two American Families” in your search engine to access the documentary.
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/film/two-american-families/ (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.
“Since 1992, Bill Moyers has been following the story of two ordinary, hard-working families in Milwaukee- one black, one white– as the battle to keep from sliding into poverty. Two American Families is a remarkable portrait of perseverance. This film raises unsettling questions about the changing nature of the U.S. economy and the fate of a declining middle class.”