Theory and application write-up : thinking ahead instructions

This is the first phase of 5 part Write-up. The below are the instructions for all 5 parts 

Theory and Application Write-up


For this Write-up, please refer to the Theory Application Project Rubric for information about the Write-up due at the end of the course. Be sure to carefully read the entire description below so you understand the big picture before embarking on any of the smaller steps, which are provided to help you manage your time and this course-long deadline.


  1. For the Thinking Ahead step, write a brief paragraph describing the development stage you are considering, which specific theorist or theory you are leaning towards and why, and the movie you are considering watching.
  2. Submit to the Write-up folder.

NOTES: Please see the Thinking Ahead Rubric for assessment criteria.

See the Schedule in the Syllabus Module for due dates. Review the Rubric attached to the Write-up Submission Folder for grading information.

Theory Application Project Instructions

The Theory Application Project offers you the opportunity to creatively apply your understanding of the theories and developmental stages covered in this course to a movie character of your choice. You will watch one of the movies listed below from the perspective of a developmental theorist. This gives you an opportunity to dig deeper into one of the major theories/theorist we studied this semester and apply that theory in a more concrete manner. Please choose only ONE theory or theorist to focus on. You may reference other theories/theorists, but you must focus on ONE overall theory or theorist for the article. Make sure that you state which theory and movie character you will be using in your introduction paragraph. You will also include a solid description of the theory in the first few paragraphs to give the rest of the article context. Choose only one character to focus on. Pretend you are writing a case study on the character from the perspective of the theory that you choose. Below are some examples of movies broken down by developmental stage.


Boyhood (2014) – R

My Girls (1991) – PG

We the Animals (2018) – R

Parenthood (1989) – PG13

Akeelah and the Bee (2006) – PG

Adolescence and Emerging Adulthood:

Lady Bird (2017) – R

The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012) – PG13

Our Song (2000) – R

Real Women Have Curves (2002) – PG13

The Notebook (2004) – PG13

Raising Victor Vargas (2002) – R

Beautiful Boy (2018) – R

Early and Middle Adulthood:

Parenthood (1989) – PG13

Eat, Pray, Love (2010) – PG13

Dan in Real Life (2007) – PG13

The Pursuit of Happiness (2006) – PG13

The Squid and the Whale (2005) – R

Soul Food (1997) – R

The Father of the Bride (1991) – PG

Stand and Deliver (1988) – PG

Late Adulthood:

It’s Complicated (2009) – R

The Notebook (2004) – PG13

The Bucket List (2007) – PG13

Driving Miss Daisy (1989) – PG

Up (2009) – PG

Hope Springs (2012) – PG13

Examples of developmental theories/theorist include the following: Erikson’s Psychological Theory (Stages); Learning Theories (Behaviorism/Skinner); Social-Cognitive Theory (Bandura); Cognitive Theories (Piaget); Socialcultural Theory (Vygotsky); Information Processing Theory; Ethology and Evolutionary Biological Psychology; and Ecological Systems Theory (Bronfenbrenner).

It is strongly recommended that you choose your theory/theorist before watching the movie and do enough research to feel comfortable with the theory/theorist. You will have to use outside sources beyond the textbook to get a more comprehensive understanding to the theory/theorist. You will then be able to find solid examples of the observed developmental stages that fit the theory. You can choose to watch a movie other than those listed above, but you must get approval from your instructor. If you do not get approval, you will not earn credit for the project. Please know that some of these movies have offensive language, graphic scenes, and so on. It is fully your responsibility to do research into the film content before viewing it if you are concerned about these issues. I accept no responsibility for any negative impacts these movies may have on you, because it is up to you to make an informed decision about which movie to watch.

Your Write-up should have a strong integration of both theory and movie excerpts throughout the article. I do not want a summary of the movie. I want an explanation of the observed developmental stages presented in the movie and examples to support them. For each example you provide, please say how or why that example fits the theory. If a particular example does not fit the model, please include a few sentences about how it does not fit. There will likely be some parts of the movie or the characters that do not fit the model well. In this case, feel free to talk a bit about another theory/theorist that might better explain the developmental stage.

Cite your source throughout the article and provide a reference page, all of which MUST be in correct APA format. Please use, The Purdue OWL, or your home college writing lab if you are not familiar with APA. As part of APA style, you will include a cover page, reference page, headers with page numbers, 12-point Times New Roman font, 1-ince margins, double spaced, and so forth. There is no need to include an abstract.

Similar to your academic articles, The Theory Application Project is run through TurnItIn after it is submitted to the Write-up folder. TurnItIn alerts instructors to the possibility of plagiarism, but also provides you with a similarity score. You may not have a similarity score of more than 20%. If you have a similarity score above 20%, please correct this by doing more paraphrasing (you must still cite when paraphrasing) in your write-up and resubmitting it prior to the due date listed in the Course Schedule.


– The minimum word count for this article is 2,000 words.

– You must include at least five sources, two of which must come from academic journals.

– Your Write-up must also include an introduction, body paragraphs, and a conclusion. College-level writing is required.

– There will be a few small steps to take throughout the semester in writing the article. Remember, each of these steps will be graded as part of your overall points for the project:

  1. Think Ahead (25 points): You will submit a brief description of the developmental stage you are considering writing about, which theorist are you leaning toward and why, and the movie you are considering watching. Please submit this to the Write-up folder by the due date in the Course Schedule.
  2. Annotated Bibliography (25 Points): You will submit a list of potential references along with a brief summary of the source and description of how you will be using it in your work. Please submit this to the Write-up folder by the due date in the Course Schedule.
  3. Outline (25 Points): Create a detailed outline of your work which you can then use to structure and write your final Write-up.
  4. Final Write-up (175 Points): Your final work is to be uploaded to the course Write-up folder by 11:59 p.m. on the due date. No late Theory Application work will be accepted! Make sure you save your Write-up as a .doc, .docx, or .rtf file.
Essay Help
Calculate your paper price
Pages (550 words)
Approximate price: -

Why Work with Us

Top Quality and Well-Researched Papers

We always make sure that writers follow all your instructions precisely. You can choose your academic level: high school, college/university or professional, and we will assign a writer who has a respective degree.

Professional and Experienced Academic Writers

We have a team of professional writers with experience in academic and business writing. Many are native speakers and able to perform any task for which you need help.

Free Unlimited Revisions

If you think we missed something, send your order for a free revision. You have 10 days to submit the order for review after you have received the final document. You can do this yourself after logging into your personal account or by contacting our support.

Prompt Delivery and 100% Money-Back-Guarantee

All papers are always delivered on time. In case we need more time to master your paper, we may contact you regarding the deadline extension. In case you cannot provide us with more time, a 100% refund is guaranteed.

Original & Confidential

We use several writing tools checks to ensure that all documents you receive are free from plagiarism. Our editors carefully review all quotations in the text. We also promise maximum confidentiality in all of our services.

24/7 Customer Support

Our support agents are available 24 hours a day 7 days a week and committed to providing you with the best customer experience. Get in touch whenever you need any assistance.

Try it now!

Calculate the price of your order

Total price:

How it works?

Follow these simple steps to get your paper done

Place your order

Fill in the order form and provide all details of your assignment.

Proceed with the payment

Choose the payment system that suits you most.

Receive the final file

Once your paper is ready, we will email it to you.

Our Services

No need to work on your paper at night. Sleep tight, we will cover your back. We offer all kinds of writing services.


Essay Writing Service

No matter what kind of academic paper you need and how urgent you need it, you are welcome to choose your academic level and the type of your paper at an affordable price. We take care of all your paper needs and give a 24/7 customer care support system.


Admission Essays & Business Writing Help

An admission essay is an essay or other written statement by a candidate, often a potential student enrolling in a college, university, or graduate school. You can be rest assurred that through our service we will write the best admission essay for you.


Editing Support

Our academic writers and editors make the necessary changes to your paper so that it is polished. We also format your document by correctly quoting the sources and creating reference lists in the formats APA, Harvard, MLA, Chicago / Turabian.


Revision Support

If you think your paper could be improved, you can request a review. In this case, your paper will be checked by the writer or assigned to an editor. You can use this option as many times as you see fit. This is free because we want you to be completely satisfied with the service offered.