“Babies” Documentary

  Documentary – 79 min – 7 May 2010 (USA)Rated PG for cultural and maternal nudity throughout
A look at one year in the life of four babies from around the world, from Mongolia to Namibia to San Francisco to Tokyo.
Ties in with Chapters 7, 8, and 9:  (Physical, Socio-Emotional, and Intellectual Development in the First Year)
Physical Development Connections
What factors contribute to an infant’s physical development?  Compare these factors that you observe among the different cultures in the documentary and predict how they might affect an infant’s physical development.
Socio-Emotional Development Connections
Does the social culture of an infant’s upbringing affect their emotions or personality? Observe and compare the levels of interaction these infants receive and the emotions they present throughout the documentary.  What kind of temperament does each baby have and why?
Intellectual Development Connections
Compare and contrast the forms of intellectual development presented in the documentary.  How and what are these infants learning in their culture?
 Discussion and Essay Question

Which baby do you feel has the best developmental upbringing and why?

Intro: State your opinion in the form of a thesis statement in an introductory paragraph.
Body:Build the body of your essay using the following 3 topics.  You must use specific examples as comparisons from all other babies to support your argument.

1. Physical Development

2. Social/Emotional Development

3. Intellectual Development

Conclusion: Restate and summarize your argument.