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Reading Assignment
Chapter 8: Thinking Critically, Living Creatively
Film Assignment Choose only 1 film to watch.
Films (Choose 1):
· Mona Lisa Smile ·

· Mr. Holland’s Opus

· School of Rock ·

· Finding Forrester
Note about films: These have all been chosen based on how they help illustrate and enhance the main focus of each unit. It is your responsibility to find the films. They will not be provided . However, some of the films may be available here.
Unit Lesson
Creative thinking is about the process used when coming to decisions and solving problems, not about artistic ability. This unit asks you to consider the different ways that creativity plays a role in making decisions, solving problems, and critical thinking. Imagination and curiosity are both creative
UNIT I STUDY GUIDE Creativity and Critical Inquiry
HUM 1020, Critical Thinking 2
components of critical thinking, the components that allow us to “think outside the box” and generate multiple options.
There are things that get in the way of creativity and inhibit or restrict the ability to imagine. This unit also asks you to understand those dynamics and confront them within yourself, turning what the textbook calls the paralyzing “Voice of Criticism” into a constructive, supportive critic.

Film Themes:
· Difference between critical and creative thinking · Blocks to creative thinking · Allowing creative thought, mindfulness · Personal experience with education and inspirational mentors
Unit Assignments
Unit I Essay
Film Essay
Each of the films selected for Unit I portrays a teacher/student relationship that proves to be life changing. Identify your movie selection with a brief synopsis of the main characters, the underlying issue, and how it is or is not solved. Touch on the key points of the process of change in your movie. What needed to happen? What risks were taken? What were the positive and negative (if any) outcomes? This should be no more than half of your essay.
In the second part of your essay, discuss your own experience with education. How much of your education has consisted of teachers pouring ideas into your mind and then requiring you to pour them back onto a test? How many teachers have tried to inspire your mind in new ways? Which type of education do you prefer, and why?
Your essay should be no less than two full pages in length. If you use outside sources, please cite and reference them according to APA standards.



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