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CMI 242 - Psychological & Educational Foundations for Christian Ministries

This guide provides resources to help support the CMI 242 course and assignments.

Course Assignment

assignment:  A Day in the life of... 

Assignment Details

Assignment Details 1

A Day in the Life Of... (updated 2022)


This paper will demonstrate your knowledge about the developmental tasks and experiences of a person at a particular life stage.


A creative research paper 4-5 pages in length that presents basic developmental information by way of a description of a day in the life of a character you create and describe.  Your description should be creative (you create the scenario), realistic (drawn from your own experience & observations), and well-informed (based on and descriptive of authentic developmental ideas).  Your paper must also have depth, describing in a complete way the character you create.  Make sure your paper has a clear introduction and conclusion that tells the reader what will happen and what did happen.

Create an individual from one of the developmental levels below:

Preschooler (3-4 yr)

Kindergartner (5-6)

Primary (7-8)

Juvenile (9-10)

Preadolescent (11-12)

Young adolescent (13-15)

Middle adolescent (16-17)

Older adolescent (18-21)

Young adult (22-35)

Adult (36-60), Midlife adult (40-50), Senior adult (61 & older)


A Day in the Life of a _____________ (a pre-adolescent, a young adult, etc.)

(You fill in the blank with the developmental group of your choice).  Use a title page for your paper.


  • You should describe the physical, cognitive, emotional, social, moral, and spiritual/faith domains of the person. 
  • Place your character in settings (school, church, home, friends’ homes, outings, youth group meetings, etc.) that allows the reader to see his/her abilities and perspective in these areas. 
  • Carefully research the developmental traits of your character and weave these into your portrait.
  • You must explain the developmental theory from which your descriptions are taken (this can be tricky depending on how you decide to write your paper – but do not skip this part of the paper).  Don’t just illustrate the theories; illustrate and explain the illustrations (also don’t just “name” what is going on, explain what your “name” means.
  • Your paper should be informed by the theories of Jean Piaget, Erik Erikson, Lawrence Kohlberg and James Fowler (and any others you’d like to use). 
  • You should describe the person’s thoughts, actions and interactions and name and explain the theory from which that description comes from.  Go beyond what your learned in class, learn more about the stage you are exploring than what you’ve learned already.


Before you write your final paper, you must first outline the findings from the various theories that apply to the person you are writing about.  How are the theories manifested in your person?  Don’t review the whole theory in your outline, just the state how the theory would describe an individual of the age you are writing about.  Make an outline that includes:

  • Piaget
    • Who Piaget is (very briefly, 1-2 sentences)
    • What Piaget is concerned about (e.g., cognitive development which is…. – do this briefly also, 1-3 sentences.  In other words, explain what cognitive development is)
    • What Piaget says is true of people of your chosen age group
  • Erikson (repeat same categories as above)
  • Kohlberg (repeat same categories as above)
  • Fowler (repeat same categories as above)
  • Any other descriptions you want to use (the more are better).

This outline must be handed in with your paper.  The outline will help you to write your paper – in some ways it is a kind of rough draft of ideas for your paper.  Your outline will be part of your grade.  You must use citations for each of your points in the outline.

Works Cited List:

  • Include a works cited list (use MLA style) of sources you consult (for both your paper and your outline).
  • Minimum of 5 – it is best to use more. 
  • Do not cite any resources that did not make it into your paper. 
  • Quality sources are a must. 
  • Primary sources should be explored. 
  • Do not use class lecture notes for any of the content of your paper (you are not allowed to use class notes as a source for your paper – you need to read more broadly than that).

Grading Standards:

  • Clarity of writing and ease of reading
  • Realism of character and setting
  • Accuracy of portrait in terms of an authentic developmental understanding
  • Informative (amount of developmental ideas portrayed in the character’s words and actions). 

Be sure to review the paper feedback form to understand all of the details to be included in your paper.

Resources to Consult:

Primary writings from the developmental theorists

Adolescence, Developmental Psychology, and similar journals

Websites about the developmental theorists (some are available on the class Blackboard site)

A life-span textbook or similar developmental texts (check the library)

A Day in the Life of ….


CED 242 Taylor University

Introduction  (10) Captures the reader’s attention and clearly tells the reader what the paper is about (the paper will be an illustration and explanation of developmental theories in the day in the life of a person of a certain age group).  The paper introduces a realistic scenario and the character of the paper.  

9-10  Excellent     7-8  Good     5-6  Average     3-4  Poor     0-2  Unacceptable                                    _____

Paper Form (20)  Has a title page, references and in-text documentation is in correct MLA format.  Is the right length, is double-spaced, has appropriate margins and type size, headings, paragraph indentations and page #’s.  Has good quality sources (minimum of 5).

18-20  Excellent     14-17  Good     10-13  Average     6-9  Poor     0-5  Unacceptable                         _____     

Outline  (30)  The outline is a clear presentation of the appropriate research that applies to the character of the paper.  The content is complete and has depth.  The outline describes the theorists, the area of concern for each theorist and a complete description of the character of the paper at the appropriate developmental level.  Citations were included for each idea.

27-30  Excellent     21-26  Good     15-20  Average     9-14  Poor     0-8  Unacceptable                      _____

Content  (60)  The paper describes the physical (very briefly), cognitive, emotional, social, moral, and spiritual/faith domains of the character in a way that reflects the research.  The paper is creative.  The character’s thoughts, actions, and interactions are described/illustrated in a realistic manner.  The paper clearly explains the theorist and theory from which each developmental description is taken from.  The descriptions of the character are all explained using a specific developmental theory.  The paper has depth – it is not just a surface dealing with the issues of the character – it goes beyond the content learned in class. 

54-60  Excellent     41-53  Good     31-40  Average     21-30  Poor     0-20  Unacceptable                  _____

Editing  (20)  Writing is clear.  The writer has removed errors by good proofreading.  The writer shows competency in style, grammar, and mechanics. 

18-20  Excellent     14-17  Good     10-13  Average     6-9  Poor     0-5  Unacceptable                         _____     

Conclusion  (10)  Has a separate paragraph that successfully brings the paper to a close by summarizing the thesis and main points.  New material is not introduced in the conclusion. 

9-10  Excellent     7-8  Good     5-6  Average     3-4  Poor     0-2  Unacceptable                                    _____     


Grade Adjustments:  Late_____Day/s  (*15 pt deduction for each class day late)                                       _____


     TOTAL POINTS______ / 150


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