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Thinking Tasks

The Space Shuttle Columbia Disaster, Roosevelt and Churchill, Desert Storm, and more are featured in this week's thinking tasks. Create thinking.

Weekly Activities

January 13, 2019 - January 17, 2020

Weekly Interactive Journal available Monday, January 13, 8:00am PST
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Instructions

Instructions

Directions to complete:

1. Listen to introduction
2. Read the prompt
3. Think about a possible answer
4. Explore the daily learning links
5. Ask Clarifying Questions (if needed)
6. Finalize your response
7. Write your answer
8. Count your words
9. Self/Peer evaluate and score

Monday, January 13

Monday, January 13

On this day in history...

In 1968, American musician Johnny Cash performs a concert at Folsom State Prison in California. Cash, known for his baritone voice and smooth guitar, was a best-selling recording-artist who was known to encourage discussions about prison-reform. Browse through today's sources, choose an activity, and complete today's thinking task.

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Tuesday,  January 14

Tuesday, January 14

On this day in history...

In 1943, U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill met in Casablanca to discuss the world after World War II ended. The two leaders developed a friendship during World War II. In fact, Roosevelt wrote to Roosevelt in 1940, 'It is fun to be in the same decade as you.' Examine today's sources and complete today's thinking task.

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Wednesday, January 15

Wednesday, January 15

On this day in history...

In 1844, the University of Notre Dame received its charter proclaiming it was an institution of higher learning. Today, Notre Dame is one of the most well-known, very popular, and the words and symbols associate with the Norte Dame often generate a lot of revenue. Analyze today's sources and complete today's thinking task.

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Thursday, January 16

Thursday, January 16

On this day in history...

In 2003, the Space Shuttle Columbia takes off for what would be its last mission. Sixteen days later, the shuttle disintegrated shortly after re-entering earth's atmosphere and all the astronauts aboard perished (lost their lives). This was the second major disaster involving a space shuttle in modern times. Review today's sources and answer today's thinking task.

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Friday, January 17

Friday, January 17

On this day in history...

In 1991, the United States led a coalition of countries in waging war against the country of Iraq. The U.S. which was in Saudi Arabia in response to the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait, transitioned from a defensive strategy to an offensive attack to force Iraq to leave Kuwait. Scan through today's sources, choose an activity, and complete today's thinking sources.

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Weekly Theme

Weekly Theme

Volunteerism

Like last week, this week's theme is also authenticity. Remember that authenticity means something that is undeniably real. Last week, we studied how some people were given nicknames to give more meaning to their personality, specifically we looked at Richard the Lionheart. This week, we are going to look at authentic mottos. To volunteer means to do something without the aspect of being paid or recognized. Further, volunteering is often something a person feels they should do without being asked or persuaded. When adults volunteer, they might clean up litter along a road or park, coach sports as unpaid coaches for youth sports, or participate in other activities that are meant to do good for others including the earth or animals. High school students might be asked to volunteer by taking part in canned food drives, raising awareness for important causes, or helping-out with school or community fundraisers. Elementary students experience what it means to be a volunteer when they are given the choice to read out loud, help their peers learn new concepts, or assist the teacher complete tasks for the classroom. Similar opportunities exist for elementary students outside of school as well. Read how the Washington Shining Star Pageant relies on volunteers and then watch the video about why volunteering matters. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. reminded us, 'Everybody can be great. Because anybody can serve... You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.' For your journal entry this week, write a response to Dr. King's quote that explains what some people might think about individuals who choose to volunteer.

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About Thinking Tasks

A Brief Overview

Veteran educator Patrick Zuniga has two graduate degrees in education (MAT and MSE) and is a current Doctoral Student. He has developed, delivered, and assessed thinking tasks like these in his classroom for nearly 15 years. These activities are supported by aligned learning links and a free downloadable and reproducible daily interactive response journal (updated every week) and are designed to:

-Encourage enthusiastic learning through extraordinary topics and universal accessibility.
-Focus on reinforcing communication skills through careful alignment of learning links and writing prompts.
-Develop critical thinking skills by using dynamic questioning strategies.
-Promote personal achievement though self-reflection and peer accountability.

Please e-mail Patrick to schedule a collaboration-session to explore how to create high-yield learning activities for your classroom or school today.