Choose one of the films listed below. All these films address in some way issues related to communicable diseases and global pandemics*. It is important to reflect on the world's pandemic while reflecting on films' contributions to this debate. 1. Contagion (2011) Dir. Steven Soderbergh 2. I Am Legend (2007) Dr. Francis Lawrence 3. Children of Men (2006) Dir. Alfonso Cuaron 4. Train to Busan (2016) Sang-ho Yeon 5. Twelve Monkeys (1995) Terry Gilliam Length: 800-1,500 words Style: MLA A response (or reaction) paper differs from the formal review primarily in that it is written in the first person. Unlike in more formal writing, the use of phrases like "I thought" and "I believe" is encouraged in a response paper. In a response paper, you will still need to write a formal assessment of the work you're observing (this could be a film, a work of art, or a book), but you will also add your own personal reaction and impressions to the report. You will use the common framework for your response paper: a summary of the work with several of your own thoughts and assessments mixed in. A response paper is your chance to communicate in writing your personal viewpoint and personal learning as they relate specifically to the book, essay, paper, article, etc. in question and the ideas and values contained therein. A good response paper will artfully make a connection between the subject at hand, your own experience, and your course subjects/themes. You are being asked to bring your reading experience into a context that is meaningful to you and related to your course, born of the interaction of reader's and writer's meanings. Your reader is familiar with the book and is interested in discerning how deeply you have thought about the concepts, values, belief systems, and attitudes that exist at the heart of the work. A response paper is a conversation, a dialogue with the work/author. It is a personal statement of one's epistemology, even of one's own spiritual experience. It is relaxed, clear, uncensored. When reading, that is dialoguing with the text, keep in mind that every author writes to make a point, to promote a position, a set of beliefs or values. Your first task in a response paper is to tell your reader what you think these are. This conveys to the reader not only that you have read the book, but how well you have analyzed its content. Your second task is to reflect on the point, positions, and values you have ascribed to the work. Spend time with the author's position and discern whether that perspective is aligned with your own experience or not. Whatever you discover in reflecting on the author's position and how it relates to your own position and values becomes the raw material for addressing the next task of the response paper. Within the written paper, the third task is to describe the outcome of the process mentioned above. Specifically, address how the reading's perspective and your own interweave. Do they agree? Are they similar in some way? Are they at odds? What is the conflict? How has seeing things from the author's perspective changed (or reaffirmed) your own viewpoint? Tell why all of this is so.